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How to get 1p per point for your American Express Membership Rewards points

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A couple of days ago we posted about a special offer for converting Nectar points to LNER train credit.

You can read our article here, but basically until 14th August you get 1p per point (double the usual 0.5p per point) when you convert your Nectar points into LNER rail vouchers.  These are valid until early 2021 on LNER Advance tickets in Standard or First.

What I forgot at the time I wrote this is that American Express Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Nectar pointsThe conversion page is here.

The stated transfer time is four working days, so they would easily arrive in time to order some LNER vouchers.  Getting 1p per Membership Rewards point is a decent deal, unless you very confident you can get more than 1p of value via a frequent flyer mile or hotel points redemption.

It is also worth remembering that there is no minimum conversion amount to Nectar from Amex.  If you just want to move 1 point across, you can do!  It is a great way of fully emptying your account if you are closing your Amex card, given that Avios only accepts transfers in chunks of 500 after the first 1,000.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on 10 good reasons to get the ‘free for life’ American Express Rewards Credit Card.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 offers:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

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