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.

REMINDER: American Express currently giving new applicants SIX months to hit their sign-up bonus spend

Since the start of May, American Express has been giving new applicants six months – rather than the usual three months – to hit the spending target required to earn the sign-up bonus on a new card. It is now a lot easier to earn […]

Got Amex Gold? American Express will pay you 0.675p CASH for your Membership Rewards points. Worth it?

American Express has launched an interesting offer for holders of the Preferred Rewards Gold credit card. If you use your points for statement credit (ie reducing what you owe next month by redeeming points) you would usually receive a pitiful £4.50 per 1,000 points. This […]

Got an SME? American Express will pay your wage bill, HMRC, rent and rates for a fee and give you points!

American Express has launched an interesting new service, the Premium Rewards programme, for anyone running their own business. It is a little like Billhop, but cheaper.  What is odd about it is that at no point does any money pass through your card! Premium Rewards […]

American Express buys £750 million of Avios in return for an extension of its British Airways credit card contract

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, announced this morning that it has extended its credit card deal with American Express. In return, American Express has agreed to pay IAG £750 million.  A ‘significant part’ of the £750 million is pre-payment for Avios points which […]

Three reasons why British Airways flyers may find the new Qantas / Amex Membership Rewards tie-up useful

We ran two articles last week on Qantas Frequent Flyer joining UK American Express Membership Rewards as a transfer partner. This article is an overview of Qantas Frequent Flyer and Membership Rewards, and this article looks at whether you should use Qantas Frequent Flyer points […]

Fly EL AL? It’s a new option now Qantas Frequent Flyer has joined Amex Membership Rewards

On Monday, Qantas Frequent Flyer became a partner of American Express Membership Rewards in the UK. As promised, I wanted to answer the question: what are the best ways to spend Qantas Frequent Flyer points if you live in the UK?  I should caveat this by […]

Qantas Frequent Flyer is now a UK American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner!

With no fanfare at all, Qantas Frequent Flyer has apppeared this morning as a UK American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner. The transfer rate is 1:1. The minimum transfer is 500 points. The quoted transfer time is 3 business days. If you have an existing […]

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.  Beginners to this hobby may not be aware of the full range of cards which are available.  You have more options than you may […]

Get more £50 Shop Small credits – and bonus points – by adding American Express supplementary cards

As we covered yesterday, American Express is bringing back ‘Shop Small’ from next Monday – click for our full article. Until 13th September, you will receive £5 cashback on the first 10 transactions you make for £10 or more at participating ‘Shop Small’ businesses.  That means […]

Get £50 cashback as American Express Shop Small returns – and another £50 for each supplementary card you have!

Today is the first day that all High Street shops in England are allowed to re-open, regardless of whether they are considered ‘essential’ or not. To celebrate, American Express is launching a new ‘Shop Small’ initiative to support independent shops and give you up to […]

How to convert American Express Membership Rewards points to IHG Rewards Club points at 1 : 2.2

Here is an interesting little trick – only valid until Monday night – which lets you convert American Express Membership Rewards points to IHG Rewards Club points at a ratio of 1 : 2.2. This offer is only available to American Express Platinum cardholders. I […]

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 […]

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