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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.

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Comments (115)

  • Leigh says:

    Are there normally any offers available for the Bonvoy Amex? It’s been a few weeks since joining and whilst the odd one has popped up between transactions, the Offer tab is always completely empty

    • David says:

      Yes. Just give it time.
      My Bonvoy has plenty of normal offers.

      What we have not seen for a while now is a Marriott spend X get Y.
      Despite seeming Hilton ones etc on the MR cards. A bit overdue for one of these IMO.

      • Leigh says:

        Nice one I’ll give it more time – and a Marriott spend offer would be great timing if it drops soon, fingers crossed!

  • Ed says:

    Nothing on mine.

    I have to say I find Amex’s offers a complete waste of time.

    Nearly all the offers I receive are for beauty treatments, spas etc. One would have thought Amex would target customers with offers that match their spending patterns. Amex should know I don’t spend money on beauty treatments or spas… But they inundate me with these useless offers.

  • Justin says:

    Sadly I have no bonus spend offers on any of my cards. Hopefully they’ll appear in the next few days.

  • Baresi says:

    Nothing on my Gold card!

  • Dooly says:

    I actually got spend £1 get 50MR and was able to succefully meet that spend target!

  • Susan says:

    Nothing on 2xPlat or Gold.

  • Leon Pinkney says:

    I signed up recently for the 60,000 bonus.

    I spent almopst £4k on the day I received the card, but apparently I wasn’t enrolled for MR until a few days later so I haven’t had MR for that £4k and I’m £4k shorter than I should be on my sign up bonus.

    Are Amex likely to correct this?

  • Laura says:

    Nothing at all on my Gold Credit but I did have a similar offer earlier in the summer. Think it was a bonus MR per pound up to £1k

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