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…

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…

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…

Travel Rewards March Madness Is Here: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he kicks off the first round of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. This week marks the official start of March Madness, one of the most exciting competitions in all of sports. To mark the occasion, the team here at…

Billionaire Art Collector Earns Millions in AmEx Points

Want to earn staggeringly high numbers of travel rewards points? Well, follow billionaire Liu Yiqian’s lead by charging millions of dollars’ worth of ancient Chinese art on your Amex Centurion Card, and you’ll be traveling for free in no time. The chairman of chemical, pharmaceutical and financial corporation Sunline Group, Yiqian also owns a stake in Shenzhen-listed Hubei Biocause Pharmaceutical….

Can I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Amex Points?

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…

Should I Redeem Points for Cash or Transfer to Airlines?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message asking: “I’ve accumulated 100,000 Membership Rewards points over the past year, but want to withdraw them for cash. I noticed American Express gives you gift cards at a rate of half a cent per point, which is highway robbery. My other credit cards give me 2% cash back,…

Which Credit Card with Transferable Points Is Best for Gas?

TPG reader Cindy tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the best credit card to use for gas purchases that allows you to transfer points to airlines?” Even though gas prices have been coming down, you should still be maximizing and earning on gas purchases. There are plenty of credit cards out there that will…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? February Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…