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.

American Express sets 30th June deadline if you want six months to earn your sign-up bonus

American Express recently extended the qualifying period to earn a sign-up bonus on its cards to SIX MONTHS. This was a sensible move.  Even people with good salaries may struggle to spend £3,000 to £4,000 within three months at the moment.  Increasing the spend period […]

American Express gives you SIX months to hit your qualifying bonus sign-up spend – is now a good time to apply?

American Express has finally bowed to pressure, including from us, and extended the qualifying period to earn a sign-up bonus on its cards to SIX MONTHS. This means, if you apply today, you would have until early November to hit the spending target. This rule […]

American Express will pay you 0.9p CASH for your Membership Rewards points!

American Express has launched a very interesting offer for holders of The Platinum Card. (Sorry, this is for Platinum cardholders only.  It does not apply to Business Platinum, Preferred Rewards Gold or any other American Express card, it seems.) If you use your points for […]

Oddities: live at InterContinental Berlin, Microsoft Teams backgrounds, Avios and BST, who is C F Frost?

Some slightly odd news in brief: Move in to InterContinental Berlin! Hotels are having to be creative to generate revenue at the moment. A friend sent me this advertisement from Facebook, translated by Chrome hence the slightly broken English.  InterContinental Berlin is letting out its […]

Got the free BA Amex card? Learn how to reduce your £20k 2-4-1 target to £10k and why you should drop it entirely

We ran an article yesterday to explain how American Express treats refunds made to your card.  As I pointed out, a refund counts against your annual spend if you are trying to earn an annual bonus. In my case, for example, the £2,000 refund I […]

Expecting a flight refund to your American Express card? Here’s how it impacts your next BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher or spend bonus.

It says a lot about the spending and travel habits of Head for Points readers that I think I can safely say, without fear of contradiction, that at least 50% of our readers will currently be expecting an American Express refund for a cancelled flight. […]

What is the cheapest way to buy Avios points? (Avios Redemption University, Lesson 7)

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

Amex USA extends the sign-up bonus spend period by 3 months – will the UK follow?

In the last few weeks we have had a constant stream of emails asking us if American Express is offering any help to people struggling to hit their sign-up bonus spend threshold. This is often £3,000 to £4,000 within the first three months of holding […]

American Express is cutting the sign-up bonus on the new Marriott Bonvoy Amex credit card

On Tuesday we covered the unveiling of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. Unfortunately this is not a brand new product.  It is a rebranding of the existing Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card, with a few tweeks. From 26th February: The name of the […]

How to earn Membership Rewards points with American Express FX International Payments

Let me say up front that this opportunity is only relevant to a small part of our readership, but it will be valuable if it does apply to you. Amex has a payments business called, with no great leap of imagination, American Express FX International […]

Why the only thing better than transferable points is INSTANTLY transferable points

Over the past few days I’ve been updating a few introductory articles to miles and points, in recognition of the fact that we get a lot of new readers in January as people start to look at planning their Summer travel. Today I want to […]

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 2019 article on how to make the best […]

Get a (targeted?) 50% bonus converting American Express Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy

Some readers have been getting emails from Amex informing them of a new conversion bonus via the Membership Rewards program.  IT APPEARS TO BE TARGETED. Until 31st December, you get 9 Marriott Bonvoy points for every 4 Membership Rewards points. The usual exchange rate is […]

What can you do with your American Express Membership Rewards points?

Starting tomorrow, I am re-running our series of credit card reviews.  These cover all of the core UK credit and charge cards which offer travel rewards. As the first four reviews cover cards which earn American Express Membership Rewards points, I wanted to run this […]

ENDING SOON: 60,000 points sign-up bonus with the American Express Platinum Business card!

This is a reminder that American Express is currently running an excellent deal for the Platinum Business charge card. For a limited period, until 6th November, you will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points (=60,000 Avios or other miles).  The usual bonus […]

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