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Buy 1,000 Amex Membership Rewards points for £6 with Boris Bikes – even if you’re not in London

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Transport for London really wants you to give its Santander Cycles / Boris Bikes a go!

1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points are on offer when you use the cycle network three times by 24th September 2020.

This appears to be a targetted offer. I had it on my American Express Rewards Card. Rob has it on his Platinum card. You will only find it on cards offering Membership Rewards points.

Santander Cycles TFL Boris bikes

This is an excellent offer, as it effectively allows you to buy 1,000 Membership Rewards points for 0.6p each. These can be turned into Avios, Virgin Flying Club miles and much more.

Here is how it works. To receive the 1,000 Membership Rewards points bonus you must make three transactions with Santander Cycles.

Here is the pricing information from the TfL website:

“Hiring a Santander Cycle costs £2 for unlimited journeys up to 30 minutes, within a 24 hour period. For journeys longer than 30 minutes, you pay £2 for each additional 30 minutes.

That means that you only need to spend £2 x three times to trigger the bonus, which means a total outlay of £6.

That’s 0.6p per Membership Reward point

This is a good offer even if you don’t plan to cycle at all! 0.6p per point is an exceptional price. The highest ever ‘Buy Avios’ offer in May, for example, still cost around 0.9p per Avios.

Even better is that you get to avoid public transport and enjoy pootling about London on a bike!

Don’t cycle or don’t live in London? No problem

If, on the other hand, you don’t want to cycle but still want to avail of the bonus points you can simply ‘book’ three 24 hour periods and never actually pick up a bike.

The easiest way to do this is via the Santander Cycles app, which lets you book and pay £2 for 24 hours of bike access online. You can also do this in person at a docking station.

Be aware that you can book for multiple people at the same time (generating multiple release codes) but that this is likely to hit your American Express statement as just one purchase.

Doing this three times in three separate 24 hour periods should be enough to trigger the offer.

There is no minimum spend or other requirements set out in the terms and conditions. The rules do say “Available at participating Santander Cycle docking stations.” but this only seems to rule out any stations which don’t take American Express for some reason.

We’ll give this a test via the app and report back on whether we received our 1,000 points in a few days.

Comments (49)

  • Mike says:

    Not on any of my cards unfortunately!

  • old codger says:

    Great. Lets encourage ‘000s of people who don’t regularly ride bikes to go out and cause more mayhem on the roads. Sunday Cyclists who ride the pavement when they get too scared of the road, don’t know the Highway Code are just as bad as the lycra louts that jump red lights and use pedestrian crossings.

    And yes, these bikes were Ken Livingston’s creation, and in great Tory tradition, BoJo the Clown to credit for it. At least its more successful that the vanity bus he created. A sweltering torture chamber on wheels. The Bendy Bus was quick to board and got London moving. But BoJo wouldn’t understand what it’s like to use a bus. He only goes on one if there is a camera crew following him. Lets not talk about the bridge fiasco. Millions spend on something never built. Public funds to build something the public were going to be excluded from. Like feudal times all over again with this mob!!

    • Mark M says:

      “Millions spend on something never built. ”
      That was the fault of those who cancelled it!

  • cinereus says:

    For the love of god stop calling them Boris bikes.

    • Rob says:

      Headlines are too short for Santander Cycles!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I’m not a Tory supporter but find it funny that a name is hated so much because Ken did something for them. Ken started talking about it in late ’07 and revealed plans in Feb ’08 a few months Boris took charge. The actual launch wasn’t for a couple years so in realty Boris probably spent more time looking at the plans and implementing than Ken.

      Also Boris Bikes just sounds better than Ken Bikes or Livingstone Bikes.

      • J says:

        ‘Livingstone Bikes’ fits perfectly, albeit named after the wrong man: “I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.”

      • Josh says:

        The power of alliteration…That’s the basics of journalism. Did these whingers not study GCSE English?

  • The Streets says:

    I was waiting to see what kind of reaction this article would provoke today… This was my project that I managed for TfL! Personally yes I hate that it is called Boris Bikes but Boris was/is such a character and like most politicians/mayors they quite happily take the glory when things go live during their time in charge

  • Robin says:

    STOP calling him Boris

  • James A. says:

    Any idea when you get charged for £2 is it instant or similar to the tfl whuch usually charge you the next day? I signed up and the account shows that I have one £2 pre paid 24hr access but nothing showing at Amex and would I need active the pre paid access. Too complicated for the 1000MR points.

    • Rob says:

      The £2 will show instantly as ‘pending’ on your Amex account. You need to leave 24 hours before buying another as each £2 pass lasts 24 hours.

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    Nowt on t cards for us oop north

  • Nik Rose says:

    Well I’ve spent my £6…appeared on statement..6 points..waiting for the bonus!!

    • Rob says:

      I’m assuming it actually appeared on your statement as 3 x £2 charges, otherwise you’re not getting anything!