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Top 10 reasons to get the American Express Rewards Credit Card

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Why should you get the American Express Rewards Credit Card?

Today, in our ‘Top 10 Reasons’ series, I want to look at the top 10 reasons to apply for an American Express Rewards Credit Card.

You can see all of our ‘Top 10 Reasons’ series, focusing on UK travel rewards credit cards, by clicking here.

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Interest rates, bonuses and application links:

LOW RATE – 2,500 Membership Rewards points bonus and a representative APR of 9.9% variable (click here)

BASIC – 5,000 Membership Rewards points bonus and a representative APR of 22.9% variable (click here)

PURCHASES – NO sign-up bonus but 0% APR on purchases for 18 months and a representative APR of 22.9% variable beyond that (click here)

What does it cost?  No annual fee on any version of the card

Top 10 reasons to get the American Express Rewards credit card

The top 10 reasons to get an Amex Rewards Credit Card

1.  You can receive 2,500 or 5,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up

Two of the three versions of the Amex Rewards Credit Card come with a generous bonus of 2,500 or 5,000 Membership Rewards points.

You qualify for the bonus as long as you haven’t had a personal American Express card in your name (supplementary cards do not count, cards from Lloyds or MBNA do not count) in the previous 24 months.

2.  Those 2,500 or 5,000 Membership Rewards points convert into Avios at 1:1 – or into MANY other airline or hotel schemes

Membership Rewards are HUGELY flexible because you can convert them into lots of different things.  You aren’t stuck with Avios, Virgin Flying Club miles or whatever.  You can keep them with Amex for as long as you want and only convert them when you need them.

Click here to see what other reward programmes are Membership Rewards transfer partners.

3.  You receive one Membership Rewards point for every £1 you spend on the card

There are a few exceptions (cash withdrawals do not earn points) but in reality virtually every £1 you spend will earn another point.

4.  The Amex Rewards Credit Card is FREE FOR LIFE

This is the only American Express card which earns Membership Rewards points and which is free for life.  Amex Gold, for example, is only free in Year 1.  Amex Green and Amex Platinum charge annual fees immediately.

5.  Your points have more value because you are keeping your options open

If you get an airline or hotel specific credit card, such as the British Airways American Express, your points are stuck in that particular scheme.  With Membership Rewards points, you can keep your options open – Amex looks after your points until you decide where to send them.

With no annual fee ever, you won’t ever be under pressure to move your points in order to cancel your card.

6.  One version has the lowest interest rate of any travel rewards card

Want a very low interest rate?  Choose the ‘Low Rate’ version which has an APR of just 9.9%.  This compares very favourably with the typical 22.9% APR charged by travel rewards credit cards.

7.  One version has the best ‘no interest on purchases’ deal on the market

Want to pay no interest on your purchases for 18 months?  Choose the ‘Purchases’ version and get 0% APR for 18 months on all your spending on the card.

8.   There is no minimum income requirement

American Express does not have a minimum income requirement.  As long as you earn more than you spend, you have a good chance of being successful in your application.

9.  American Express runs regular generous cashback offers

Once your account is up and running, you will receive generous cashback deals from Amex.  These are typically on the lines of ‘Get a £10 statement credit when you spend £50 at Tesco’.

It is relatively easy to save over £100 per year with these offers.

10.  American Express has excellent customer service including a UK call centre and a well-designed app

The core business of American Express is credit cards, and they know how to run them properly.


The American Express Rewards Credit Card has a lot to offer.  It is the only Membership Rewards card which is free for life and which offers either a very low interest rate or 0% interest on purchases.

You can sign up for any of the three versions of the Amex Rewards Credit Card, or find out more information, on the official website here.

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.

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