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.

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 […]

Don’t redeem your American Express Membership Rewards points for cash credit, even with a 20% bonus

American Express has been emailing Gold and Platinum cardholders this week with a ‘special’ offer. If you redeem your Membership Rewards points for statement credit by 31st March, you can get a 20% bonus. To be fair to Amex, they are very upfront about what […]

What are the best credit card sign-up deals for March? – plus news round-up and the first Avios SME card

It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Our directory of the 16 main UK travel credit and charge cards can be found by clicking the […]

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 […]

Get a 50% bonus on American Express transfers to Hilton Honors – but is it worth it?

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.  The rate increases from 1:2 to 1:3. This is very good.  I […]

Where you targeted for an American Express ‘£25 off £40 at Amazon’ promotion?

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 account and part-pays with Membership Rewards points. It is still working – I did it […]

American Express launches a generous spend bonus for Gold and Platinum cardholders

American Express has launched a generous spend bonus on its Gold and Platinum cards. 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 […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews: The American Express Card (Amex Green)

This is my review of The American Express Card (Amex Green) charge card. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit and charge cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for. These articles will be […]

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: […]

See ATP tennis at the O2 with Emirates Skywards miles or Amex Membership Rewards points

Emirates Skywards is currently offering standard and VIP tickets to the Nitto ATP tennis tournament at the O2 in November. The tournament runs from the 11th – 18th November, with both day and evening sessions available.  It is 7,500 Emirates Skywards miles for one standard […]

See ATP tennis very cheaply with Emirates Skywards miles (or American Express points)

If you fancy a weekend away in Europe whilst catching some top tennis, Emirates Skywards has some interesting packages available.  You can redeem via the Skywards website here. There are tickets for the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament (22nd to 28th October) and the Erste Bank […]

20 Arsenal games now bookable with Emirates Skywards miles or Amex Membership Rewards points

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 […]

Don’t use the American Express Membership Rewards Auto-Redeem feature!

American Express Membership Rewards has a new feature – Auto-Redeem.  Don’t use it! It is just a gimmick, and a poor value gimmick at that. This is how it works.  You click on the ‘Use Points for Purchases’ link on the statement page of your […]

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