American Express Rewards is one of the best reward programs out there. The flexibility and variety of rewards available is out of this world. I have in the past redeemed Membership Rewards for Macy’s Gift cards (in a convoluted way, though) and for hotel stays. Just last week I redeemed them for airline tickets. The tickets for my flight were pretty steep and reward availability for Saver Rewards (you know the advertised 25,000 mile round trip awards) were unavailable. I did not want to shell out the chase, so I decided to burn up some of the 85,000 Membership rewards I had.
Membership Rewards for Flights
Redeeming these rewards is straightforward. You go to American Expresses travel website, which is just like any other travel booking site and search for the flights you want. When purchasing the fight, you get an option to pay with cash (pay with a credit card) or to pay with your Membership Reward points.
Step 1: Select ‘Pay with Points’ to start your booking
2. Select ‘From’, ‘To’, dates, time of flights, etc and search:
3. For the Flights shown, select ‘Membership Rewards points’ to see the price in Membership Rewards points instead of Dollars:
4. Select your flight and book!
My flights appeared immediately on United’s website. Even better, United sees these as revenue tickets, not as award tickets – so, full miles earned!
Get your card!
The current best offer on the American Express Card at the moment (for individuals, not businesses) is for the Personal Gold Card. Details are:
- Earn More: earn 25K Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2K during your first three months of Card membership
- Earn 15K points after you spend $30,000 within one calendar year
Apply here:American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card
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