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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 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 combined Marriott / Starwood programme will go through at a 2:3 ratio. It […]

A new useless American Express transfer partner!

Good news – American Express is bringing in a new Membership Rewards transfer partner Bad news – it could not be less interesting The new partner is, erm, Aer Lingus Avios.  Yes, someone went to all the trouble of negotiating a transfer deal with Aer […]

New American Express cashback offers launched

Another batch of offers has launched on my American Express cards, and presumably on yours too.  To find these, you need to go to the ‘Offers’ section of EACH Amex card you hold, either on the app or website.  For some reason the website often […]

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 August, or indeed book a redemption at a property which […]

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 […]

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

How to earn top-tier IHG Rewards Club status by transferring Virgin miles – and when it makes sense

(EDIT:  IMPORTANT – as of July 2018, IHG is no longer treating transfers from Virgin Flying Club as status qualifying.  Do NOT make transfers into IHG if you are purely interesting in earning status quickly.) Over the last few years, IHG Rewards Club has made […]

How I got good value for my Amex points with a short-notice Club Eurostar redemption

I need to be in Paris for two days at the end of June, returning home on a perennially expensive Friday evening.  As my hotel is only three metro stops from Gare du Nord it made sense to take the train back rather than fly. […]

How to get a 35% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro since the Brexit vote has been to destroy much – but not all – of the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International […]

Why the free BA Amex is a bad deal for low spenders (after we said it was a bad deal for high spenders)

Last Monday I ran this article on why I don’t believe that anyone should be spending £20,000 on the free British Airways American Express card in order to trigger the 2-4-1 voucher. For a high spender, the free British Airways American Express card makes no […]

From August … a 5-month window to redeem the BEST Starwood hotels at 40% off

We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the new (and still nameless) merged Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty scheme. If you missed it, this article here is a good place to start. There is one positive aspect […]

Bits: New Durham lounge, 6000 Virgin miles from Avis, 50% Amex MR bonus to Finnair

News in brief: New Durham Tees Valley lounge now open Durham Tees Valley Airport has opened the Premium Lounge.  It replaces the previous Swissport lounge. The cash price of £21.95 seems a little toppy, but let’s see.  It makes the £25 – £35 being charged […]

Generous ‘sweet spots’ if you move Amex points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

I’ve recently been in touch with Andrew, a UK expat and long-term HFP reader who moved to Singapore a couple of years ago and decided to start Mainly Miles to cover KrisFlyer. You might think that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer programme, which is part of […]

Bits: the best Amex MR redemption is dropped, don’t appeal your BA compensation!

News in brief: The most valuable Membership Rewards redemption has been dropped Once a year I publish this list which ranks American Express Membership Rewards redemptions in terms of ‘value per point’. It is clearly very subjective but – on my maths – the best […]

Bits: earn Amex points with FX payments, funky new Novotel at Heathrow, topbonus insolvency

More news in brief: Earn Membership Rewards points with American Express FX International Payments This is only relevant to a small part of readership, but it will be valuable if it does apply. Reader Graeme got in touch to recommend American Express FX International Payments […]

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