One option for using your American Express Membership Rewards points which is often forgotten about is converting them to Nectar points.
The transfer rate is 1:1. The minimum transfer is just 1 point which makes this a useful way of using up the last few hundred points on your account if you are closing down your Amex card as most partners only accept transfers in chunks of 1,000.
Few Nectar deals are desperately exciting because most Nectar offers are only worth 0.5p per point. This page on our sister site Shopper Points shows the best value Nectar redemptions – ie everything which gets you more than the standard 0.5p per point! You can do a lot better with your Amex points by converting to airline or hotel points.
Until the 25th June, however, there is an interesting eBay promotion available.
You need to check that you are targeted for this by logging in at the Nectar website and looking at My Bonus Offers.
Assuming you can see the offer, if you cash in your Nectar points for eBay credit by the 25th June, you will get a 50% rebate of the points back into your Nectar account.
Let’s look at how this works.
Imagine you move 10,000 Membership Rewards points to Nectar. If you convert those to eBay credit, you would receive £50 – the usual 0.5p per point.
However, on this occasion, Nectar will refund you 50% of the points! This means that you have only paid 5,000 points for your £50 of eBay credit. That is 1p per Nectar point (and so 1p per American Express Membership Rewards point) which is an excellent deal.
(An easy way of using up the eBay credit is to buy supermarket gift vouchers. You will pay very close to face value including postage but it is an easy way to liquidate your credit.)
There is one snag though.
You are NOT really getting 1p per Membership Rewards point because you need to factor in what you do with the rebated points. Take a look at this example:
Transfer 10,000 Amex points to Nectar
Spend 10,000 Nectar points on a £50 eBay voucher
Get 5,000 Nectar points refunded to your Nectar account
And then …. you need to use the rebated points for another Nectar deal at just 0.5p per point (£25) of value
You would actually have got £75 of value in total for your 10,000 Nectar points which is 0.75p per point.
If you already have Nectar points in your account then this is an excellent deal and you are genuinely getting 1p per point. If you are transferring in from Amex, you will only be getting 0.75p per Amex point. Hope that makes sense …..!
American Express transfers to Nectar are usually very quick so you have a very good chance of a transfer made today arriving on or by the 25th. This is an additional risk, of course.
Note that there is a maximum conversion of 40,000 Nectar points (£200 of eBay credit) allowed under this offer. You will not receive the 50% points rebate on any figure above this.
PS. If you do buy something on eBay with Nectar credit, please remember to use our eBay affiliate link. Either click here or use the link in the right-hand margin of HFP. We receive a small commission on every purchase. Thank you.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.