American Express USA is known for offering special deals to their cardholders and they just added another targeted offer to their cardholders account: 10,000 Membership Rewards for one Amex Travel hotel booking worth $500+.
I usually scroll through these offers on a monthly basis for both my American Express Charge Card and the SPG AMEX credit card, both of which usually have different offers related to their individual earning structure (Amex MR vs SPG Points).
You can find the selection of your ‘Amex Offers & Benefits’ in your online account when you scroll towards the bottom. There will be an entire list of offers, many travel related in the one or other way. I added a range of them to my Premier Rewards Gold account:
Booking a hotel with AMEX Travel (see their website here) as that’s what the promotion is about is basically just like booking a hotel on Expedia. In fact Amex does indeed use Expedia and the property will recognize it as an Expedia booking only which means possible status benefits of existing hotel loyalty memberships will likely not apply unless the hotel is generous.
The good thing about this is that there are also plenty of hotels in the lower price range available. I intend to book a couple nights in Japan for January at a local chain that doesn’t have their own loyalty program.
While considering a $500 booking would earn me approximately $75-$90 in discounts when booking the same with Orbitz using a Coupon, I obviously consider 10,000 Membership Rewards a much greater value especially when used for premium class tickets.
This offer showed up in all my friends Amex accounts no matter what type of charge card they have so you might want to check on yours too. Keep in mind that this is limited to U.S. issued cards!
This is a good way to squeeze something extra out of your card membership with Amex which (depending on your card type) can cost several hundred dollars per year that can be recovered by knowing your benefits the card offers and try to use at least the majority of them.
Apart from the welcome bonus of 50,000 Membership Rewards points I have already received more than $300 in savings and credits from the Premier Rewards Gold Card which is free during the first year. I also participated in many of these Membership Rewards Bonus Offers which is a great boost for the points account.
Here are the Terms & Conditions for this current offer:
ENROLLMENT/ELIGIBLE CARDS: Enrollment limited. Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards that are enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program at the time of purchase are eligible. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Your enrollment does not extend to any other Cards that may be linked to the same Membership Rewards program account (such as Additional Cards). Offer is non-transferable. ELIGIBLE PURCHASES: Valid only for a prepaid hotel booking at AmexTravel.com. Offer not valid at American Express Travel offices. Offer not valid for Car or Cruise bookings. Offer not valid for the flight portion of a flight+hotel package. Valid only on US website. Purchases may fall outside of the offer period in some cases due to a delay in merchants submitting transactions to us or if the purchase date differs from the date you made the transaction (for example, the purchase date for online orders may be the shipping date). If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the additional points. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the additional Membership Rewards points if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party. American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., when acting solely as a sales agent for travel suppliers, is not responsible for the actions or inactions of such suppliers. We want you to be aware that certain suppliers pay us commissions and other incentives for reaching sales targets or other goals, and may also provide incentives to our travel counselors. For more information please visit www.americanexpress.com/travelterms California CST#1022318, Washington UBI#600-469-694, Iowa TA#669 EARNING POINTS: Limit 1 enrolled Card per American Express Card online account and limit of 10,000 additional Membership Rewards points per Card. These additional points are in addition to any points you would normally receive for purchases on your Card under the terms of your Card Member Agreement and the Membership Rewards program. When we calculate the additional points benefit for Amex EveryDay® Card products, points awarded under this offer will not be included. Additional points will be credited to your Program account within 90 days after 12/31/2017, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Terms and conditions for the Membership Rewards program apply. Visit membershiprewards.com/terms for more information. Participating partners and available rewards are subject to change without notice. The value of Membership Rewards points varies according to how you choose to use them. To learn more, go to www.membershiprewards.com/pointsinfo. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. Bonus ID: B3S5 POID: G9TX:0001