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TPG reader Kim sent me a message on Facebook asking:

“Can I earn miles on flights booked with Amex points?”

The answer to this question is maybe; it depends on how you use your points. If you use the Pay With Points option, where Amex basically buys your ticket and you get about one cent per point in value for airfare, then yes, you should earn airline miles when you fly. However, if you instead transfer from Amex Membership Rewards to one of the 17 airline partners and book an award ticket through the frequent flyer program, then you won’t earn miles.

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You can sometimes earn points and miles for award redemptions, depending on how you booked the ticket. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

This is also the case with Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards. If you book flights through the travel portals, you’ll generally earn miles (as well as elite credits), but not when you transfer to partners.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Annual Fee
$450
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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