American Express Membership Rewards

Membership Rewards is the rewards scheme offered by American Express on its Preferred Rewards Gold and Platinum charge cards. It is popular with miles and points collectors because you can convert them into a wide variety of different airline and hotel schemes, and keep your points with Amex until you need them.

 

My main article explaining the best uses for your Membership Rewards points is here.

Bits: fuel surcharges returning to Hong Kong flights, see ATP tennis with Emirates miles or Amex points

News in brief: Fuel surcharges returning to one-way Avios redemptions from Hong Kong Since February 2016, airlines have not been able to add fuel surcharges on flights departing from Hong Kong when the journey originates there. This has led to substantial tax savings if you […]

20 Arsenal games now bookable with Emirates miles or Amex points – from just 5000 miles!

Slightly later than usual, Emirates Skywards loaded the full 2018/9 schedule of Arsenal FC tickets onto its website on Wednesday morning. You can redeem via the Skywards website here. (They also have tickets for AC Milan, SL Benfica, Real Madrid, Hamburger and Paris Saint-Germain, but […]

Bits: Avios TRP closing date extended, DON’T use Membership Rewards Auto-Redeem!

News in brief: Avios TRP closing date extended If your Avios Travel Rewards Programme account has not yet been closed and moved across to British Airways Executive Club, don’t worry.  (Mine hasn’t, and neither has my wife’s account.) The deadline of 28th August has apparently […]

Should you convert Clubcard, Amex, Heathrow or HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

This article is another of the ‘how to’ pieces we have been running over August for the benefit of newer readers, although hopefully everyone will get some value from them. A regular email question I receive from readers is about ‘convertible’ points.  There is a […]

Bits: Amex MR now 2:3 to Marriott, more Hilton McLaren factory tours, Iberia adds Buenos Aires and Mexico City

News in brief: American Express Membership Rewards rate to Marriott / Starwood confirmed This is not unexpected, but it is good to have it confirmed. The American Express Membership Rewards hotel transfers page (click here) has been updated to show that transfers to the new […]

Bits: BA schedules its final Boeing 767 flights, Aer Club / SuperValu transfer bonus, new Amex transfer partner

News in brief: British Airways schedules its final Boeing 767 services Airlineroute reports that, subject to any further extensions, the final Boeing 767 (the two aisle short/mid-haul aircraft) will leave the British Airways fleet on 25th November when it returns from Larnaca. From the start […]

Bits: Amex MR transfers to SPG delayed, new Amex offers, Hilton takes three SPG Dubai hotels and launches a new brand

News in brief: American Express extends Starwood Membership Rewards suspension  American Express Membership Rewards has suspended transfers into Starwood Preferred Guest until 21st August.  This is two weeks longer than originally announced and takes us beyond the launch date of the new programme. This is a […]

Bits: Amex transfers to SPG suspended, Hilton ‘double points’ extended, our IHG points winner, MoS

News in brief: American Express suspends Starwood Membership Rewards transfers American Express Membership Rewards has suspended transfers into Starwood Preferred Guest until 8th August. This is inconvenient if you were hoping to pick up a Marriott Travel Package before they shoot up in price on 18th […]

How to cash out your Amex MR points or Emirates miles for 1p each this week

(EDIT: Whilst I mention a few risk factors in this article, it seems I was being overcautious.  Based on comments below, eg “Just did this having not even created an Emirates account before. MR to Emirates, Emirates to Heathrow and Heathrow to redeemed shopping vouchers […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 1: comparing sign-up bonuses)

What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?  This is not as easy an answer as you might think and beginners to this hobby may not be aware of the full range of cards which are available.  You have more options than you […]

How to earn top-tier IHG Rewards Club status by transferring Virgin miles – and when it makes sense

(EDIT:  IMPORTANT – as of July 2018, IHG is no longer treating transfers from Virgin Flying Club as status qualifying.  Do NOT make transfers into IHG if you are purely interesting in earning status quickly.) Over the last few years, IHG Rewards Club has made […]

How I got good value for my Amex points with a short-notice Club Eurostar redemption

I need to be in Paris for two days at the end of June, returning home on a perennially expensive Friday evening.  As my hotel is only three metro stops from Gare du Nord it made sense to take the train back rather than fly. […]

How to get a 35% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro since the Brexit vote has been to destroy much – but not all – of the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International […]

Why the free BA Amex is a bad deal for low spenders (after we said it was a bad deal for high spenders)

Last Monday I ran this article on why I don’t believe that anyone should be spending £20,000 on the free British Airways American Express card in order to trigger the 2-4-1 voucher. For a high spender, the free British Airways American Express card makes no […]

From August … a 5-month window to redeem the BEST Starwood hotels at 40% off

We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the new (and still nameless) merged Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty scheme. If you missed it, this article here is a good place to start. There is one positive aspect […]

Bits: New Durham lounge, 6000 Virgin miles from Avis, 50% Amex MR bonus to Finnair

News in brief: New Durham Tees Valley lounge now open Durham Tees Valley Airport has opened the Premium Lounge.  It replaces the previous Swissport lounge. The cash price of £21.95 seems a little toppy, but let’s see.  It makes the £25 – £35 being charged […]

Generous ‘sweet spots’ if you move Amex points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

I’ve recently been in touch with Andrew, a UK expat and long-term HFP reader who moved to Singapore a couple of years ago and decided to start Mainly Miles to cover KrisFlyer. You might think that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer programme, which is part of […]