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 only thing better than transferable points is INSTANTLY transferable points

One of the key ideas I push on Head for Points is that transferable, or convertible, points are better than non-transferable points. The best way to explain this is via American Express Membership Rewards points, earned from Amex Gold, Amex Platinum and the Amex Rewards […]

Advanced Avios: 30,000 Amex points sign-up bonus with the Amex International $/€ Cards

American Express is currently offering 30,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you apply for the American Express Platinum International Currency Card. This article is NOT about the UK American Express Platinum card (reviewed here) which also comes with 30,000 bonus points, but UK residents CAN […]

What is the best use of American Express Membership Rewards points?

I have written numerous articles before about using American Express Membership Rewards points and a few pieces on how I value airline miles and hotel points. I have pulled together both of these strands in this updated 2018 article on how to make the best […]

Bits: 50% Amex bonus on Hilton transfers, ‘proper’ Business seats on BA at London City!, Charles Tyrwhitt deal

News in brief: 50% bonus on American Express transfers to Hilton Honors American Express emailed a lot of HFP readers yesterday with an attractive transfer bonus. Between 21st November and 21st December, they will receive a 50% bonus on Membership Rewards transfers to Hilton Honors.  […]

Bits: targeted £25 Amazon / Amex discount, 3000 Virgin miles with new wine offer, new HFP hosting

News in brief: Targeted American Express ‘£25 off £40’ at Amazon promo For a couple of years, Amazon has been offering a £15 discount on a £25 spend for anyone who links their Amex Gold or Amex Platinum card to their amazon.co.uk account and part-pays […]

Bits: generous Amex Gold/Plat bonus points promo, get a status match to Wyndham Rewards, Heathrow Christmas bears

News in brief: American Express launches a generous spend bonus on Gold and Platinum If you have an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or Platinum card, check the ‘Offers’ currently showing on your online statement page. Tucked away down the bottom should be a generous […]

Review: Why Amex Platinum Business charge card is worth a serious look

If you are looking for an Amex business card, American Express offers two core products in the UK.  Today I am reviewing the American Express Platinum Business charge card.  My review of the other Amex business card, the American Express Gold Business charge card, is here. Key link: […]

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 […]

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