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.

Amex does you a favour by dropping Membership Rewards redemptions for goods

Probably the worst possible way of redeeming any sort of travel loyalty points, whether it be airline miles, hotel points or credit cards points, is for ‘real stuff’. The ‘person who redeemed their Lufthansa miles for a toaster’ is short-hand in the loyalty industry for […]

Can you get an Amex sign-up bonus if you already have the same card as a supplementary?

This is the second part of our two articles on how American Express supplementary cards work. In Part One earlier in the week we looked at why you might want to add a supplementary card to your account and how to earn a few thousand […]

What bonus can you get for adding a free Amex supplementary card to your account?

I wasn’t planning to do another American Express article this week, but something came up in the comments to the article on Monday (and comes up in my emails with worrying regularity) which made me think that we should take a proper look at American […]

(DEAD?) The Amex / Amazon ‘£25 off £40’ coupon is working again – even if you’ve used it before!

EDIT: Amazon closed down this code on Friday evening For the last couple of years, Amazon has been offering a generous bribe to anyone with an American Express card which offers Membership Rewards points. You may not be aware that Amazon lets you pay for […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. This facility is mentioned on the Amex website here – scroll down to Clause 3 – although […]

Get FA Cup Final tickets for your Emirates Skywards miles or Amex Membership Rewards points

I thought I’d drop this in as an extra quick item as the tickets may not still be there on Friday morning. FA Cup Final tickets at Wembley have popped up for redemption with Emirates Skywards miles.  They are NOT a bargain but if you can’t […]

Will Amex devalue Membership Rewards – and should you convert Amex, Clubcard, Heathrow or HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

In the comments to our article yesterday on the changes to certain American Express card sign-up and referral bonuses, a couple of readers questioned the merit of leaving their Membership Rewards points sitting with American Express, rather than moving them. The logic, according to these […]

The beginners guide to whether you qualify for an American Express sign-up bonus or not

As we covered yesterday, American Express has announced a 2nd round of ‘no notice’ changes to its personal credit and charge cards.  The details are here.  This follows the changes made in late March to the rules on how you qualify for a sign-up bonus. […]

MORE AMEX CUTS: Some sign-up bonuses and referral bonuses reduced, with immediate effect

Last month American Express made some aggressive – and frankly confusing – changes to the rules regarding who qualifies for a sign-up bonus on its personal UK cards.  My summary of the Amex sign-up rule changes is here. There are now further changes.  This time American […]

Five reasons to keep your Amex Gold card after the free first year

I get quite a few emails from holders of the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card asking what they should do after their first year. With the recent changes to the American Express sign-up rules, which mean that you can no longer cancel your […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 2 (Airlines and Shopping)

This is the second part of the updated article I began yesterday, discussing the best ways to ‘zero out’ loyalty card accounts which you want to abandon.  You need to remember that you may first need to ‘top off’ an account by earning a few more […]

The Amex bonus you can still get: 30,000 Membership Rewards points with the Amex International $/€ Cards

We have given a lot of editorial space over the last few days to covering the changes to the sign-up bonus rules on the UK personal American Express cards. Even if you no longer qualify for a bonus on any of the personal UK cards, […]

An interesting quirk in the new Amex sign-up rules we missed, and other updates

There has been a lot to digest about the new American Express sign-up bonus rules in the last few days.  Apart from everything we have discussed so far – see here and here – there was something I missed. For one group of people, getting […]

Should you leave American Express for 24 months until you can get a new sign-up bonus?

We have spent a lot of time in the last few days discussing the new American Express sign-up bonus policy.  In most cases, you need to cancel all of your personal American Express cards and wait two years before you would qualify for any new […]

FA Cup semi-final tickets available for Emirates Skywards miles

FA Cup semi-final tickets at Wembley have popped up for redemption with Emirates Skywards miles.  They are NOT a bargain but if you can’t get tickets directly then this is your only option. Tickets are available in both sections of the ground, so there are four […]

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