American Express Membership Rewards points are one of the most flexible and valuable point currencies in the marketplace. The value of your rewards point will depend heavily on the redemption option you choose.
The most popular redemption options are below:
Cash Back. You can redeem your AMEX points toward a statement credit at a rate of 0.6 cents per point. This means if you redeem 10,000 points you will get $60 back. This is not good value so we don’t recommend using it unless you’re in a pinch for statement credits!
Amazon. You can redeem your hard-earned rewards points for Amazon purchases at a conversion rate of 0.7 cents per point. This means if you redeem 10,000 points you will get $70 back. This isn’t a great redemption rate, but it is a useful feature during the holiday season if you’ve got a bunch of AMEX points saved up for gifts.
Uber. You can use your rewards points for Uber rides at a rate of 1.0 cents per point. This means if you redeem 10,000 points you will get $100 back. With Uber available all over the place this is a good redemption option for your AMEX points.
Transfers to Partner Programs. This is where the rubbers hits the road. As we mentioned before, we value an AMEX reward point at 1.5 cents. The best way to get at least that value is to transfer your AMEX points to one of their partner programs. Transferring your points to a partner program can get you over 2.0 cents back per rewards points depending on what you are booking. The top partner programs are:
- British Airways Avios
- Choice Hotels
- Etihad Guest Partner Award Bookings
- Singapore Airlines
Click here for a full list of partner programs from American Express.
AMEX Travel. You can utilize your AMEX rewards points for travel booked through American Express Travel. All Flights be redeemed at a rate of 1.0 cents per point. Other travel charges such as cars, hotels, and vacation packages can be redeemed at a rate between 0.7 cents – 0.85 cents per point.
The prices on AMEX travel typically are not good so we would advise staying away from this option unless you can find either a great sale.
For a full list of point redemption options, check out the American Express website.