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Club Eurostar transfers from American Express Membership Rewards are back

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Finally ….. after a long delay, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into Club Eurostar points again.

When Eurostar and Thalys merged last autumn, and the Club Eurostar programme was relaunched on a new IT platform, partner transfers stopped working. Transfers from Hertz and Accor Live Limitless were fixed relatively quickly, but American Express has proved more troublesome.

Eurostar transfers from Amex Membership Rewards are back

The exchange rate remains at 15 to 1. This is despite the fact that redemptions got more expensive after the scheme relaunch, albeit this was partly offset by the rise in cash ticket pricing post pandemic. If Eurostar wants to see people moving large chunks of points across from American Express, instead of small top-ups, I think the rate needs to improve.

I ran this article last year about what I think a Club Eurostar point is now worth.

PS. A new airline partner is due to drop into Membership Rewards imminently, although it’s nothing to get excited about (yet)


How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards

How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards (May 2024)

Club Eurostar does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you will get the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.

American Express Platinum comes with a great Eurostar benefit – Eurostar lounge access!  

You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk.  No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a free supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.

Comments (32)

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  • Dave says:

    In addition to the above, I’ve just booked CDG to KUL on Royal Jordanian and Malaysian. Return in business from Paris is €1,497. It means changing aircraft in AMM and BKK but it does give 640 tier points for a bargain price. The long stretch is on a widebody with lie flat beds. The first leg is nearly 5 hours on a narrow body but it does say these feature extra recline seats, so hopefully it is better than what BA offers in Club Europe. Availability seems widespread in September at least.

    • PGR says:

      That’s a top fare! How did you come across it?

    • Qrfan says:

      I would take photos of all your boarding passes and prepare yourself mentally for a battle if you want all those tier points from RJ. I did a trip in 2018 and it took months of escalations. At the time it was not unusual. The narrow body recline seats were fine in my view. Not great, but fine.

      • LittleNick says:

        Also a flight on MH can cause problems getting the TPs. Download copies of the electronic boarding passes and a copy of the e-ticket. Often if you have a codeshare involved the BP will only show the operating carriers code not the codeshare flight code which causes issues when claiming TPs based on the codeshare if the fare class is not qualifying on the operating carrier! So you need the e-ticket too

      • Flyoff says:

        Last year our RJ flights were credited without issue. We had big issue with getting credit for an MH operated flight on a QR booking. CDG is better than LHR for TPs.

        • Matty says:

          Did this trip last month. TPs for the first flight of the outbound trip posted before I’d arrived in KUL. In fact, all the TPs for the trip posted within a day of completing the return journey – apart from those from BA for the positioning flights, which posted after about three weeks…

  • DE says:

    Are you sure about moving to ELAL. Whilst they did it for the cancelled flights previously, BA told me yesterday that it’s only an operational change that adds 90 min so not only can they not move me to ELAL, I have to pay the £35 fee to cancel!

    • Rob says:

      It is in the notes sent to the travel trade.

      • Mark says:

        Its almost impossible to get any direct service to Tel Aviv these days as all flights are completely sold out weeks before. ELAL ate operating around 5 daily flights, 2/3 of which are 787 aircraft. The odd seat roundtrip is upwards of £600. Even EasyJet and Wizz are simular prices. Virgin would almost certainly fill up the aircraft, taking into account all the connection traffic to NY too. Not sure about BA stop in Larnaca, as both EasyJet and Wizz flying with same crew round-trip same day with no stop.

        • Tracey says:

          Cheapest/ shortest way will be out on easyJet / Wizz, back on Avios flight with BA.

        • Howard says:

          Reason for stop in LCA is to refuel so that it could fly back to london if landing needs to be aborted (as happened to a BA flight in Oct – it was L/H aircraft and was filled with enough fuel).

          As they are stopping to refuel, flight times increase and crew would go over their hours so they need to change crew also.

          • Mark says:

            I underatand that, but why only BA have that restriction and not EasyJet or Wizzair, both of which are flying roundtrip direct with same crew, and dont seem to be concerned about diversions as much as BA?

          • Tracey says:

            I thought the primary reason was to avoid the crew overnighting in Tel Aviv.

  • D says:

    Thank you!! Best thing I did was read this today…called up qouting my ‘agent friend’, and they moved me to ELAL. Best part is I was on CE and now will be proper Business.

  • LittleNick says:

    “PS. A new airline partner is due to drop into Membership Rewards imminently, although it’s nothing to get excited about (yet)”
    Once SAS leaves star alliance this will only leave SQ to transfer into a star airline from MR points at a very poor rate, I do hope Amex UK get more star alliance partners

    • memesweeper says:

      “yet” suggests an airline not in an alliance (or about join/change/merge). One of the Korean ones? Air Canada? My dream partner would be United, but little chance of that!

      • LittleNick says:

        Air Canada or United would be great because their miles don’t expire, Lufty would also be good too but hard expiry is very frustrating

        • bafan says:

          Air Canada are a US partner so very possible – it wouldn’t be UA in 1 million years IMHO.

      • memesweeper says:

        ITA? currently in SkyTeam (already well covered by Amex MR) but moving to Star?

    • ankomonkey says:

      TK please. Even after their recent devaluation.

      • CamFlyer says:

        Yes, please! I’m looking at a redemption that is 35,000 on TK (was 25,000 pre-devaluation, but still a great deal) vs 66,000 on SQ (still not a bad deal vs cash prices).

    • anuj says:

      I bet it may be air india, as they will eventually be decent once the new planes arrive

      • Freddy says:

        Can’t wait for easyjet and ryanair

        • TGLoyalty says:

          You can! Buy your ticket cash and redeem your MR directly against it for cash. Poor rate but £ is £

  • GJS says:

    Sitting on a pile of MR points that I had earmarked for Eurostar, but the conversion rate would need to be more like 10:1 to be appealing now.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, I was thinking 10:1. It really should be 7.5:1 given the doubling of redemption prices but I accept that increased cash prices mean 10:1 would still be OK.

      Eurostar seems to see loyalty as a cost centre, whereas striking some attractive transfer deals to get money coming in could turn it into a profit centre. They have just taken an Avios person to run loyalty so lets see.

      • LittleNick says:

        Yes ideally Eurostar would be 15:2 to reflect the position before the devaluation of club Eurostar. Now it’s completely pointless to do MR transfers

  • Voldemort says:

    Those are not good QR prices…

  • Crodgers says:

    I still don’t have Eurostar as an option to transfer membership points to? Anybody else?
    Thanks

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