Redeeming Amex Membership Rewards for Maximum Value

I value Amex Membership Rewards at 2.0 cents apiece. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. TPG’s latest monthly valuations listed American Express Membership Rewards just behind Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Diners Club Rewards as the most valuable…

Is American Express Membership Rewards Travel Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Amex Travel booking engine to see what value it offers. There are many websites and travel services that guarantee* you the lowest price, greatest privileges, and best booking experience.  However, they don’t all walk the walk. In this post, I’ll look at the American Express Travel online booking engine (along with the…

Should I Switch from Amex Platinum to Premier Rewards Gold?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy — “With the recent changes to the Amex Premier Rewards Gold, is it worth switching from my Amex Platinum?” The recent changes to the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card have been good, despite the $20 increase in the annual fee from $175 to $195. Beginning June 1,…

How Should I Use My Stash of Amex Membership Rewards Points?

TPG reader Johnny asked me: “I have about 1.5 million points with Amex, but just can’t seem to find good ways to use them. Can you help?”  Johnny, you’re sitting on an extremely valuable chunk of points, and I’m sure we can find great ways for you to use them! Amex makes it easy to use…

Should I Upgrade from Gold Delta Amex to Delta Reserve Card?

TPG reader Rob sent me this question on Facebook: “I’m currently a Delta Diamond Medallion member with a Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. I’m trying to determine whether upgrading to the Delta Reserve Credit Card is worth the additional $350. I’ve asked dozens of people and received as many different opinions. What do you think?” My answer to…

1,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Bonus Aeroplan Miles and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Chef Michelle Bernstein to Create Miami Centurion Lounge Menu The fifth Amex Centurion Lounge will be opening in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport (MIA) this summer. Chef Michelle Bernstein (who has also worked with Delta) will create menu items…

American Express Launches Multi-Brand Loyalty Program Plenti

This spring will see the launch of a new loyalty program managed by American Express that may change the way some brands seek to reward faithful customers. Named Plenti, it will be the first so-called coalition loyalty program in the United States. Launching initially with 8 different brands, Plenti will offer shoppers the ability to earn and redeem Plenti Points across all…

Earn Statement Credits With New Amex Offers

Several new Amex offers are available that allow you to earn one-time statement credits when using your registered Amex card for purchases from specific merchants, such as Kate Spade and Best Western. There are currently two different types of Amex offers: those you can access via social media, and those that can be accessed via your online American Express account….

CardMatch Has New Amex Platinum 60,000 Points Offer and More

Earlier this year, I wrote about some amazing offers available through the CardMatch tool, and it appears that some more offers have recently been loaded. CardMatch is now offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points for the American Express Platinum Card after spending $3,000 in your first 3 months of card membership. There’s also another lucrative offer for 50,000…