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Amex launches new Membership Rewards spend bonuses for October – check yours

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American Express has launched a new round of spend bonuses for holders of its Membership Rewards cards, primarily Preferred Rewards Gold and The Platinum Card.

You can register for these on the American Express website or in the app. It will be under the ‘Offers’ tab and you need to click ‘Save’ to register.

These offers do not start until 1st October.

Amex launches new MR spend bonuses for October - check yours

As you can see here:

Amex launches new MR spend bonuses for October - check yours

…. the 1st October start date is not made clear unless you read the small print. You may potentially want to hold back some major expenditure for a couple of weeks if you can in order for it to count.

What sort of bonuses are on offer?

They vary by individual.

My wife’s Gold card, as you can see above, offers 1,900 bonus Membership Rewards points for spending £3,700. It won’t be happening.

My Platinum card has a totally different offer:

Amex launches new MR spend bonuses for October - check yours

Yes, a whopping 200 points for spending a whopping £300. In fairness, at least I will trigger this one. I won’t be trying to do £3,700 in a month onto my wife’s Gold card and I’m not sure why Amex thinks I possibly could.

Meanwhile, Rhys got 2,500 bonus Membership Rewards points for spending £2,500 on his American Express Rewards Credit Card (ARCC). It seems rare to get one this generous.

Don’t incur any costs to hit these bonuses

Looking at my own targets as well as those of other HfP readers, it seems that most people are getting, roughly, an extra 0.5 to 0.66 Membership Rewards points per £1 spent.

The worst I have seen reported by a reader is 1,800 points for spending £7,000.

This may not even be enough to make the card a better choice than something else in your wallet.

More importantly, do NOT spend money abroad purely to ensure you hit your target. There is no way that the 3% foreign exchange fee added by American Express justifies the small number of bonus points.

I DID recently put a large holiday bill onto my British Airways American Express card, but the maths was totally different. I was offered 10,000 Avios for spending £5,000 which, with the base Avios, was worth 17,500 Avios for a £5,000 spend. I was happy to pay the FX fee on this basis.

An extra fraction of a Membership Rewards point, on the other hand, won’t do the trick.

You can register for this offer on the Amex website. Don’t forget that it doesn’t start to count your spending until 1st October.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – November 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our November 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the top current deals:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 Gold

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

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 card

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

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (114)

  • Fair Dinkum says:

    I have 200 MR for £400 spend on ARCC but I would be forfeiting 200 Avios by diverting spend from my BAPP. Probably not happening.

  • Tracy says:

    £400 for 200 green amex

    • Dubious says:

      Snap – on my Plain AMEX Rewards Card…

      I also have a 12% off Sweaty Betty (min. £100 spend)…

  • Metty says:

    In case it helps someone….and maybe Rob knows if this is Amex policy or just a ‘me’ issue….I was refused the new BA 60k bonus card because

    ‘Currently, we only accept applications from customers who have less than four credit products with American Express®. Our records show that you do not meet this criteria and we are therefore unable to continue with your most recent application. If you would like us to reconsider your most recent application, you will need to close at least one of your current credit products. In order to do this, please call 0800 032 7404’

    I spoke to that number (the Business Team) who could only close my Gold Business, which I’d completely forgotten about, so wouldn’t have scored the 60k bonus even if I had been accepted. They wanted to know why I was closing my Gold Business. ‘Because you told me that I had too many products with Amex and cannot be considered for any new products’ didn’t seem to sit well with him.

    Then transferred to the Personal team who closed my Nectar and a couple of credit cards that I never use. I now have three Amex products left as a primary but still a drawer full of supplementaries.

    • Rob says:

      Someone else said the same thing yesterday. It is, possibly, a way of filtering out people who are unlikely to use the card enough to justify giving then 60k Avios …

      • Metty says:

        Sounds plausible. They actually did me a favour in a way, closing fee-paying cards I never use (refunds) and saved me getting cross that after spending the £5k threshold that I didn’t get the 60k Avios anyway as I hold/held the Gold Business. You’d think after all this pandemic downtime I’d have organised some aspects of my life….

    • CarpalTravel says:

      Did they refuse before or after the credit check?

      Asking for a friend…

      • Metty says:

        don’t think it was a credit check thing – esp as my poor impoverished kids have cards in the past – their email simply said I had too many amex products already.

        • CarpalTravel says:

          Sorry, what I meant was did you suffer a hard hit on your credit score before they decided to decline based on something completely unrelated?

          • Metty says:

            ah sorry, don’t think so, credit score 538, stable. No hard searches show in Clearscore.

          • CarpalTravel says:

            @metty – that is something at least, I guess! Thanks for answering.

    • Jay H says:

      My girlfriend had the same issue. Yet they’ve recently given me a 6th. As rob said it might be their way of restricting less profitable customers or similar.

  • Ian says:

    £4400 for 2200, Platinum. Beyond what I expect to spend.

  • APB says:

    £1400 for 1400 points on gold charge card – seems to be as good as it gets 🙂

  • Adil says:

    600 MR points for £1100 spend here

  • N S says:

    Spend £5,200 get 1,300 on Gold. Quite disappointing

  • Gavin says:

    Nowt on my ARCC

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