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.

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 […]

Bits: the best Amex MR redemption is dropped, don’t appeal your BA compensation!

News in brief: The most valuable Membership Rewards redemption has been dropped Once a year I publish this list which ranks American Express Membership Rewards redemptions in terms of ‘value per point’. It is clearly very subjective but – on my maths – the best […]

Bits: earn Amex points with FX payments, funky new Novotel at Heathrow, topbonus insolvency

More news in brief: Earn Membership Rewards points with American Express FX International Payments This is only relevant to a small part of readership, but it will be valuable if it does apply. Reader Graeme got in touch to recommend American Express FX International Payments […]

What can you do with Amex Membership Rewards points?

There are a lot of references on Head for Points to American Express Membership Rewards, mainly linked to articles on their charge cards.  It has been a while since I looked at the programme in detail, so I though it was worth updating this overview […]

UPDATED: Amex changed the bonus rules when you are referred for an Amex Gold card – but this morning changed them back!

EDIT:  Amex is clearly reading our articles.  The refer a friend rules for American Express Preferred Rewards Gold have been changed back this morning.   They now say, as they used to: “Please note, bonus points will appear in two instalments of 2,000 and 20,000 and […]

Bits: LAST CALL for Amazon / Amex Gold £15 discount, Blacklane adds Krisflyer (and get 10% off), Amex / Red Carnation deal

News in brief: £15 Amazon discount code for Amex Gold and Platinum ending soon For the last 18 months, Amazon has been offering an exclusive £15 discount code for Amex Gold, Green and Platinum charge card holders when they spend £25 or more.  This offer expires […]

Bits: Club Eurostar redemptions to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Qatar hits Gatwick, Ethiopian boosts Heathrow

News in brief: Club Eurostar adds online redemptions to Amsterdam and Rotterdam Eurostar is gearing up for the launch of its services to the Netherlands on 4th April. Redemption seats on the new routes for Club Eurostar members are now bookable online.  In reality – […]

Bits: ignore Iberia’s Amex transfer bonus, Avios payment for seats selection

News in brief: Ignore Iberia’s email about an Amex to Avios transfer bonus Iberia Plus sent out an email last week offering a 20% bonus if you convert your American Express Membership Rewards points into Avios before 31st March. This was a big mistake. In […]

Bits: Earn points when Amex pays your suppliers via BACS, Business Class to Jo’burg for £1040 with SWISS

New in brief: Earn points when paying your suppliers with American Express We’ve come across American Express AccessLine which is a payment service for companies who want to pay any supplier with a charge card to help their cash flow. Obviously this only appeals to […]