American Express Membership Rewards has a new feature – Auto-Redeem.
Don’t use it!
It is just a gimmick, and a poor value gimmick at that.
This is how it works. You click on the ‘Use Points for Purchases’ link on the statement page of your Gold or Platinum account. You will then see a further link for Auto-Redeem. You can then select from three potential recurring payments that you may have – Netflix, Naked Wines and Spotify. No other companies are included.
If you turn on Auto-Redeem, American Express will automatically look for charges from these three merchants on your statement. When it sees one, it redeems enough Membership Rewards points to pay the bill and adds a statement credit to your account. It is meant to happen within three days of the original charge appearing. This effectively nullifies your subscription payment.
Here’s the snag. You only receive £4.50 of statement credit for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points.
You should be looking to get around 1p per Membership Rewards point on a good day. 1 point = 1 Avios, for instance, and you should be able to get 1p per Avios when you redeem.
This is my article explaining the best value Membership Rewards redemptions. You can see from this how poor 0.45p per point is.
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.