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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.

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 […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 7 – What is the cheapest way to buy Avios?

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them. Click here to see the other articles. What is the cheapest way of buying Avios points? It is inevitable that, at some points, you […]

Bits: change coming to Amex sign-up bonuses?, change already here at Tesco Clubcard

News in brief: Changes may be coming to Amex’s sign-up bonus criteria Two readers have contacted me in recent days to say that they have been told by the American Express call centre that imminent changes are coming to the way sign-up bonuses are earned. […]

How to book Eurostar tickets using Amex Membership Rewards points

With the new Eurostar loyalty scheme, Club Eurostar, now fully operational (my thoughts are here) – and with American Express Membership Rewards still onboard as the only Club Eurostar transfer partner (15:1 rate) – I thought it was worth looking at the ease with which you can […]

Bits: HSBC World Elite bonus developments, 25% bonus on Amex Travel MR redemptions, Cathay sale

News in brief: HSBC Premier World Elite bonus developments (positively!) There has been an interesting development in the saga of the HSBC Premier World Elite credit card bonus (which I am legally obliged to tell you has a representative APR of 59.3% variable including the £195 fee […]