Can I Link a Corporate Card to My Amex Membership Rewards?

by on August 3, 2014 · 11 comments

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TPG reader Johnny tweeted this week:

“@thepointsguy I’ve heard I can pay a fee to link my corporate amex to my personal MR account. Got any info or a link you can share?”

There’s nothing better than getting miles and points when your company pays for them. When I worked at Morgan Stanley, I was charging at times up to $100,000 a month for different events and on travel, earning points all the while.

Corporate American Express cards come in many different flavors. The one I had was a Green Corporate Amex, and I could pay $75 a year to enroll it in Membership Rewards and link it to my personal Membership Rewards card. Generally, all you have to do is call the number on the back of your card to see if you’re eligible. Some companies make deals with American Express to not allow their employees to earn points, and in exchange maybe they get better interest rates or accrue points into a central pool.

Other companies simply don’t allow their employees to earn points, because they worry that doing so will incentivize employees to spend more than they should just for the rewards. Hopefully there aren’t too many greedy people out there that would unethically charge their company more money to get a benefit for themselves, but I’m sure there are people out there who have done that.

Ultimately, you’ll have to call your corporate card administrator at the company, or just call American Express to see if you’re eligible. If you’re spending even a thousand dollars per month on your card, paying that $75 per year could make sense.

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

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  • Corporateflyer

    Amex raised the fee to $95 for my corporate green card. Still worth it.

  • Kyle

    One important note… if you leave your company you will have to use your points, as the account will close. I don’t believe you can transfer them to your personal Amex PRG for example. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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  • Former I-Banker

    why do i have a hunch that The Points Guy raked in his first million points through questionable purchases at Morgan Stanley.

  • thepointsguy

    Yep- in fact that was the primary reason for the financial meltdown!

  • dlnbk

    Not necessarily. You must have a personal card associated with the Membership Rewards account as well, but you don’t lose them. If you don’t have another AmEx that earns MR, then yes – you will lose them.

  • dlnbk

    This is correct across the board. $95 as of 2012, I believe.

  • FrancesWShirley

    Some companies make deals with American Express to not allow their employees to earn points, and in exchange maybe they get better interest rates or accrue points into a central pool.

  • Pointsgazing

    Is there a similar program available with Chase Business Cards as well?

  • Danny

    I have had a corporate Amex for a while, and have always gotten MR points that go straight to me. I can transfer them or use them as I wish.

    I don’t have any other MR earning cards (my amexes are travel-branded), so I can’t comment about being able to combine the corporate MR points with personal MR points.

  • Lydia

    I have AMEX gold card and is about to reach the date to pay the annual fee. I am thinking to transfer the points (52k points) to one airline company, but don’t have idea which is the best option. I will travel to Europe next year. Most of time, I travel between US and Taiwan. I was thinking to transfer ANA, but it seems that ANA only allows round trip ticket redemption. I was considering Aeroplan or British Airways. However, I remember someone mentioned that tax is high to redeem points on BA. I now mainly accumulate UA and AA points. With 52k points, it seems that it’s not enough for a round trip ticket to Asia or Europe. What would be your suggestion on my case? Thanks!

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