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Can I Earn an Additional 1Point/ $1 By Booking Via Amex’s Travel Website?

by on August 24, 2014 · 10 comments

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TPG reader Dan tweets:

@thepointsguy– “Can you still earn an additional 1pt/$1 by booking travel via AMEX’s online travel center?

Paying for travel with a credit card can be very lucrative. I really try to discourage people from going directly to airline and hotel websites because you rake in tons of extra points by booking through online travel agencies and shopping portals as well as through credit portals themselves.

TPG reader Dan tweeted me to ask if he could still earn 1 point per dollar when booking through American Express Travel Online. The answer is yes. If you’ve got a Membership Rewards Amex card, like Premier Rewards Gold that give 3 points per $1 on all airfare, you can also earn an extra 1 point per $1 spent when you book your travel through the Amex Online Travel website.

You can get 1 point per $1 spent by booking via the Amex OnlineTravel Center. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

You can get 1 point per $1 spent by booking via the Amex OnlineTravel Center. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Most of the time Amex Travel has very competitive rates, however I would always recommend price checking beforehand just in case. But to earn four Membership Rewards points per $1 spent on airfare is pretty solid, especially since if you spend $30,000 in one calendar year you get a 15,000 Membership Reward Point bonus, which is a great benefit of that card that I always try to hit yearly.

Amex isn’t the only one that does this. Chase does give an extra point per $1 for travel booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel, but sadly they recently announced that the Chase Sapphire Preferred card will lose that benefit started January of 2015. However, if you have a Sapphire Preferred card, don’t fret, you can still book travel online through the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal and you can also currently get one extra point per dollar spent if you book through Expedia or Hotwire, so not all is lost there.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at [email protected]

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  • Lakshmi Sundar

    Hi Brian – We recently booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal and for Hotwire, they are currently offering 3 points per dollar. So we ended up getting the two points per dollar using our Chase Sapphire card for the ticket and an additional 3 points per dollar for booking through Hotwire. Plus the tickets we booked qualify for earning frequent flyer points on the airline.

  • Redpanda

    The problem with hotwire is that, they only give extra points on the “ticket” portion of the total cost. I ended up purchasing a $1000 flight through hotwire from the UR portal with 3x points, but I only received 999 points. After inquiring, i found out that the actual ticket minus the fees and fuel surcharges was only $333. With the chase UR travel website, you would get 1 point per dollar including fees.

  • Lakshmi Sundar

    That’s interesting. When I enquired, they mentioned it would be on the total spend. I’ll wait and see what gets posted this month and update this. I also heard that Hotwire tickets may not be eligible for frequent flyer points. Again, upon enquiring, they mentioned these tickets qualified. Would love to hear from others on their experiences with Hotwire as well.

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  • Patrick Griswold

    Tried to book tickets on Chase portal bos-buf and buf-lga. But search did not show issue on outbound or delta on return so had to book through airline sites. Others have problems with Chase not showing all available flights?

  • Dan

    Hi, I see double points offered on the Amex travel site, is that in addition to or in place of the 3x airfare using the Amex PRG?
    1Double Points:
    Eligible purchases are travel purchases, excluding car reservations, non-prepaid hotels, and Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection bookings, booked through amextravel.com on your Membership Rewards program-enrolled American Express® Card. To earn 2X points on each dollar of eligible purchases, you must charge air, prepaid hotel, vacation packages (flight + hotel packages), American Express Vacations packages or cruise reservations through amextravel.com to your eligible, Membership Rewards program-enrolled American Express Card. Any portion of a charge that you elect to pay through redemption of Membership Rewards points is not eligible to earn points. Bonus ID A2EM (Air, Hotel, and vacation packages); Bonus ID 5432 (Cruise);Bonus ID 6955 (American Express Vacations Packages). Extra points will be credited to the Membership Rewards account 10-12 weeks after final payment is made.
    See membershiprewards.com/terms for the Membership Rewards program terms and conditions.

  • Adam

    Did i just screw up? i booked a maui trip. used chase ink bold for hotel booking ’cause i get bonus points for booking direct with hotel (So they say) and used my aa exec card for the airline booking with aa (bonus points?). Hope i didn’t lose extra points.

  • Jordan C.

    Do airlines provide their own miles for flights booked via Chase/AmEx? For instance, I recently booked a $540 flight on United with my CSP. I’ll get over 2200 United miles, plus 1080 Ultimate Rewards points (that I can then transfer to United, of course). But if United won’t award miles for flights booked elsewhere, then I would only have gotten 1620 miles for booking via the Ultimate Rewards portal. I need to book a few more trips, and want to make sure I am maximizing the portal before the benefit ends.

  • Sean C

    Don’t you get more miles for your flight when you book through the actual airlines? For example, I booked a flight from HNL to LIT and earned about 8500 miles RT for my flight, plus the x2 miles I earned on the 950 ticket and free baggage by using my mileage plus card. This got me about 11000 miles total. I value united airline miles at 4 cents per dollar for flights on some routes that I use.

    I remember once booking through Priceline in the past and did not receive all the miles that I flew, and only got about 1-2k miles for a 5k mile flight.

  • PF

    if I book a stay at a Hyatt through Amex travel, will I also receive the hotel points? I’ve booked before through orbitz/hotels.com and at times, and depending on who you’re dealing with they will not award hotel points for the stay. Thanks in advance…..

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