This is where it all begins.
The key to the deals and offers I will talk about each day will rely on possession of an American Express card.
Back in the day I was singing the praises of the BMI Amex Credit Card, even though there was no referral bonus for me! Many of my early followers signed up. It was a deal without parallel, and many were devastated to see it go. One blogger (a true miles and points oracle called “Raffles”) went as far as to write a eulogy for the card. (Click here to read it).
The best card for you will depend on your circumstances, and the current special offers. However right now the Preferred Rewards Gold Card from American Express is truly unbeatable for the beginner.
Earn 22,000 bonus membership reward points (“MR”) – see below what these are worth (you must be referred by me or another cardholder to get 22,000, otherwise you will only receive 20,000 – you must also spend £2,000 in the first three months to qualify)
Earn 1 MR per pound spent. You’ll also get double points on airline/foreign currency/Amex travel spend.
2 x airport lounge passes
The annual fee has been waived for the first year.
10% off and upgrade for Hertz car rental
$75 hotel credit
The card is charge card. It therefore has no limit, but must be paid off in full at the end of each month.
You can take advantage of some amazing Foursquare offers (more on this later!)
I have taken advantage of this offer, but I intend on cancelling my card after the first year when the £125 annual fee kicks in. The benefits gained may make it worth it for many of you to keep the card and pay the fee, but for me I will transfer my points out and continue spending on other cards. (Stand-by for further posts on these!)
What can you do with membership rewards?
Once your 22,000 bonus gets posted you will have a hefty chunk of points. These points can be used on the American Express website for buying almost anything, but they can be also transferred into a huge number of programmes. I have outlines some of the key ones before. This is not a comprehensive list, you’ll find them all on the Amex website.
Airlines (this also includes the entire alliance the airline is a member of)
Starwood (Sheraton, Westin, W, Le Meridien etc)
- Club Carlson (Radission, Park Inn, Park Plaza etc)
I will write comprehensively on how far these points can take you, and how to use them, but to use British Airways as an example, 22,000 Avios is enough for 2 return flights in Europe (9,000 each).
If you would like to sign up, it would be greatly appreciated if you could sign up via the a referral. This will ensure you get 22,000 instead of 20,000, and it will send referral miles my way! (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Once you receive your own card, you should refer people yourself to take advantage of this offer!
IMPORTANT! – Please check out all the finer details on the Amex website before signing up and make sure this is right for you.
Contact me for further information or help with referrals.
If you decide to go ahead, welcome to the club!