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Tag Archives: American Express
It’s all over the blogs this week. I’m posting it in case you don’t read many others. Until May 31, 2012, you will get a 50% bonus when you transfer Membership Rewards points from American Express to British Airways. The Points Guy has a great post on examples of good ways to use British Airways miles.
I have family in NC and could travel there for 9,000 point round-trip if I redeem the British Airways Avios on American Airlines. I had a few Membership Rewards sitting around that I wasn’t sure what to do with. Now I think I know what to do with them.
Another nice thing about Membership Rewards is that you can generally transfer the points to other people’s accounts if you do the transfer on-line. So if you’re feeling extra nice today, maybe you could transfer the points to some friends or family. Think of the experiences you could give to people by transfering a few thousand points. Any trip that has a air miles distance of 650 or less is only 9,000 miles round-trip. Remember that each segment has to be calculated separately. So British Airways miles aren’t great if you have many connections. (You can check out this post of mine if you need more of an explanation.)
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, American Express is offering a $25 credit on your account if you spend at least $25 at a small business this Saturday. You are required to register your card to be eligible to get the deal. You can register as many American Express cards as you have. This includes both unbranded ones (like the Amex Gold) and co-branded ones (like Starwood and Citi AAdvantage Amex). Go to this site to register.
I did this last year and it worked perfectly. The only complaint I had is there was no list of business that American Express considered a small business. I’m happy to say this year, there is a list. Go to their Facebook page. You can enter a zip code and it will list out small businesses in that area code that accept American Express.
You can use the credit at a number of businesses including retail stores, restaurants and grocery stores (we have a local grocery store near our house that takes American Express). So get creative!
In case I don’t get to post tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! May you enjoy good food and good company!
I’m so happy to say that American Express is continuing their Small Business Saturday this year. This program gives registered American Express cardholders a $25 credit when they spend at least $25 at a small business on Saturday, November 26 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving). You must register your American Express card prior to that date. Here is the link. It’s not clear if they will limit the number of people who can register, so register early. You can register each of your American Express cards. There is a limit of 1 credit per card, but you can register as many cards as you have. This could be quite nice for those of you with multiple American Express cards.
I participated in this program last year and it worked great. There is a locally owned toy store in my town that takes American Express. So I bought a Harry Potter Lego game for the boys. And there was no issues with the credit posting.
Still No Power
I’m still without city power. We’re running on a generator. Earlier this week, we lost phone and internet too, but luckily that’s back. I’ll try to keep posting this week but I’ll have to take it day by day.
For those of you who got the 50,000 point sign-up bonus Amex Gold card this past May, you may want to check your Membership Rewards balance. Some people (including me – yea!) just had an extra 40,000 points deposited into their accounts. If you recall, the original offer was 10,000 points after first purchase and another 40,000 points after $500 spend. However, it turned out the offer was targeted (which most people didn’t realize when they applied). Before I called to activate the card, I checked with a customer representative to make sure the offer was still the same as what I applied for. They said they couldn’t offer it to me because it was targeted, but they did say they’d give me 40,000 points as good customer service.
At this same time, many other people got American Express to bump the signing bonus to 100,000 points based on a different offer code that was floating around at the time. From what I’m reading on the different blog sites, people who didn’t bump their offer to the 100,000 point offer are seeing an extra 40,000 points in their account this week. Now there is no guarantee that they won’t pull these 40,000 points back, but hey, it will be awfully nice if they don’t. Do not call American Express about this. If it is a mistake, you’d be alerting them to it and I guarantee they will pull the points back.
And another thing you might want to consider this week is transferring your Membership Rewards to Continental Airlines. Amex’s relationship with Continental is ending on September 30. And those Continental miles will then transfer into United when the United/Continental merger is complete.
Starting today the Starwood Amex Card has lowered its minimum spending requirement for the second bonus from $15,000 to $5,000 within 6 months. This definitely makes it a more attractive card for most people. You earn 10,000 points after first purchase and 15,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 6 months.
I really like this card for its flexibility. I’ve talked about this many times before on the blog. Starwood points can be transferred to a number of frequent flyer programs. And if you transfer 20,000 at one time, you get a 5,000 point transfer bonus. These points can also be used at Starwood Hotels which include Westin, Sheraton, W, Le Meridien, Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Four Points, aloft, and element Hotels.
I personally have this card and I am very careful as to how I use the points. I used some of our points on our trip to Hawaii last year. I love the Cash & Points option when redeeming at their hotels. We stayed at the Westin Ocean Resort and Villas for $90 plus 4,800 points/night. They’ve now upped the category for that specific hotel to a category 6, so it would cost more now.
You can see some of my other posts about Starwood here.