Use your American Express Membership Rewards points for purchases at Amazon
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Use your American Express Membership Rewards points for purchases at Amazon

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Found 4th Dec 2014Made hot 8th Dec 2014
Link here: amazon.co.uk/swp

Use American Express Membership Rewards points at Amazon.co.uk

Shop with Points is a fast and convenient way to use American Express Membership Rewards points for purchases at Amazon.co.uk. Simply link your American Express Card to your Amazon.co.uk account and start shopping.
Benefits of Shop with Points

It's flexible: 1,000 Membership Rewards points is equal to £4.50 spend at Amazon.co.uk and you can use as few or as many points as you want, up to your total number of available points. You can even choose to use Membership Rewards points for part of your order and have the remaining balance charged to your American Express Card.

It's convenient: Use Membership Rewards points for electronics, movies, books, and more - millions of eligible products sold at Amazon.co.uk. Certain items at Amazon.co.uk are not eligible for purchase using points and these items may change from time to time. See Shop with Points Overview within the Frequently Asked Questions section for full details.

It's easy: After you link your American Express Card to your Amazon.co.uk account, we will display the number of available points you have to shop with.

Shop with Points Overview

What is Shop with Points at Amazon.co.uk?

Shop with Points offers customers the ability to pay for purchases at Amazon.co.uk using points of participating rewards programmes. After completing an easy registration process, customers who participate in eligible programmes can use rewards points to pay for an order at Amazon.co.uk in the same way that they would use any other payment method.

How do I use Membership Rewards points to pay for an order?

If you want to use your Membership Rewards points to pay for part or all of your purchase, you'll need to proceed to the checkout through your Shopping Basket. When you select your payment method for the purchase, you can choose the value of points you wish to apply. Points applying to your order will be displayed under Use Membership Rewards points next to Payment Method. If points are not applying to your order, click "Apply" under Use Membership Rewards points to use your available points.

Additional Membership Rewards Terms and Conditions apply and are available at membershiprewards.co.uk/terms or at americanexpress.co.uk/cor…rms for Corporate Membership Rewards Programme Administrators. If you have questions regarding your Points or your Points Account, please contact American Express on the number listed on the back of your Card.

46 Comments

Original Poster

Apologies for the length of the above post, but it seemed the only way to get the information across at the moment. I'm in the process of editing it down to make it more understandable.

In essence it's a scheme like the one US Amazon operates enabling you to convert your Amex points into Amazon purchases.

Here's a link: amazon.co.uk/swp

Edited by: "Newbold" 4th Dec 2014

Thanks, I knew I could exchange my points for £100 voucher but didn't realise I could spend them like this.

i miss my amazon mastercard

i can think of better things to do with 1000 points i.e 1000 avios with a value of £30 especially as i have a 2-4-1 ba voucher to use

also £4.50 is a bit stingy

scottydoobuy

also £4.50 is a bit stingy

agreed - whilst it's great to have more options, I don't see this as good overall "value" when compared with the BA offers.

scottydoobuy

i can think of better things to do with 1000 points i.e 1000 avios with a … i can think of better things to do with 1000 points i.e 1000 avios with a value of £30 especially as i have a 2-4-1 ba voucher to use



Didn't realise you get so many avois points and they were actually worth that much. I'm sure I've got about 20,000 points to use

given 9000 points gets you from London to a few places in Europe and back with BA for £35, that equates to a ~£150 saving - £16.66 per 1000 points!

£4.50 is a joke.
Edited by: "bma1445" 4th Dec 2014

Smuggling Pnuts

Didn't realise you get so many avois points and they were actually worth … Didn't realise you get so many avois points and they were actually worth that much. I'm sure I've got about 20,000 points to use


that will get you a one way ticket to new york!!!

scottydoobuy

that will get you a one way ticket to new york!!!



Oh... oO ... That's surprising. I'll look into that then

Smuggling Pnuts

Didn't realise you get so many avois points and they were actually worth … Didn't realise you get so many avois points and they were actually worth that much. I'm sure I've got about 20,000 points to use


its 1;1 transfer straight over to avios see here for flights
britishairways.com/tra…160

Original Poster

Isn't there some confusion here? We're not talking about Avios here. We're talking Amex Membership Reward points.

wow, just spent 80,000 points on Amazon with my amex points... oops.

mb021

wow, just spent 80,000 points on Amazon with my amex points... oops.

sorry, 85,000

Newbold

Isn't there some confusion here? We're not talking about Avios here. … Isn't there some confusion here? We're not talking about Avios here. We're talking Amex Membership Reward points.


yes but you can transfer mr to avios 1:1 so they are the same value

mb021

sorry, 85,000


oops indeed for 75000 you could have flown premium economy to las vegas/lax value of £3000!!!!!!

Banned

This is not good! Not sure if it is shown for everyone though.

" Important Message

Shop with Points is a new feature on Amazon.co.uk and is under active development.

You are seeing this message because your account was originally created on Amazon.com. Due to a technical issue, you can link your eligible American Express Membership Rewards account and use Shop with Points today for a period of up to six hours, but you will need to re-link your Membership Rewards account each time you use Shop with Points until this technical issue is corrected. We appreciate your patience whilst we work to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience. We hope you enjoy Shopping with Points at Amazon.co.uk."

This is honestly a terrible deal, as it's been pointed out there's far better value elsewhere in using your points. Giving this heat is just ok,n crappy deals back to the retailer. Should have top coldest deals and make this one of them, maybe they'll pay attention and make changes

If you want to use Amex points at amazon just big the amazon gift card instead and it works out better value anyway. £25 for 5000 points.

Original Poster

I'm missing something here - perhaps someone can help?

I have an Avios account, and I understand how that works. But it doesn't seem possible to transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to an Avios account.

It does seem to be possible to transfer them to a BA Executive Club account as Avios on a 1/1 basis, as someone mentioned. Membership of the Executive Club seems to be free - presumably there are no drawbacks if you're not a regular BA flyer?

And how does your Avios account fit in with the Executive Club account so far as Avios points are concerned? Can you still use the Avios for hotel etc booking through the Avios account?

The Amazon deal is great for anyone finding it difficult to get rid of Avios, but if Avios conversion is a better option I'd appreciate knowing the best options.

scottydoobuy

oops indeed for 75000 you could have flown premium economy to las … oops indeed for 75000 you could have flown premium economy to las vegas/lax value of £3000!!!!!!



Been to Vegas... And yes. If only I had read this post 30 minutes beforehand, I've had my 88,000 points sat doing nothing so I bought an iPad air from Amazon. And some other useful bits, batteries, charger, etc...

mb021

oops indeed for 75000 you could have flown premium economy to las … oops indeed for 75000 you could have flown premium economy to las vegas/lax value of £3000!!!!!!



Been to Vegas... And yes. If only I had read this post 30 minutes beforehand, I've had my 88,000 points sat doing nothing so I bought an iPad air from Amazon. And some other useful bits, batteries, charger, etc...
oh well its done now

which Amex card do you need in order to accrue points? Ive only got the nectar card and never seen these membership points?

dodoegg1

which Amex card do you need in order to accrue points? Ive only got the … which Amex card do you need in order to accrue points? Ive only got the nectar card and never seen these membership points?



You need to have at least Gold Rewards card ( annual fee 125 quid), first year it is free. Look for sign up bonus.

Anyone want got any unused MR points? I am looking for someone to change up 8333 points in to club Carlson scheme and then gift them to me. I'll pay for them of course!

I have around 15,000 Avios points, whats the best things I can do with them? They don't seem that valuable

joshp

I have around 15,000 Avios points, whats the best things I can do with … I have around 15,000 Avios points, whats the best things I can do with them? They don't seem that valuable



Euro flight or Eurostar

Or add this deal to an Iberia Plus account, cancel and get 12k points extra subscriptions.economist.com/GLB…php

Edited by: "3.1415926" 6th Dec 2014

good to know an option. I have transferred 80k to avois but shame no bonus offer (e.g., 20% extra avios points for transfer).
ps: you would need to ensure there is atleast 1 tx in your avois account in 3 years (quite easy but should remember) else points get forfeited.

How do you transfer membership points from the Amex Gold Card to Avios - can someone point me to the link please?

Gah - wrote too early - replying to my own question FWIW - catalogue.membershiprewards.co.uk/vie…857
Edited by: "matwalaboy" 7th Dec 2014

Banned

pricey

not too bad as I don't have much purchase in the past 8 months. Gotta get underground annual pass by the end of the month and should have enough points for this.

i never really thought avios was really worth it until last Friday... I had to be in Frankfurt for 24 hours and managed to book a ticket from Heathrow to Frankfurt 20 hours before the flight using 9000 points plus 35 quid taxes.

The normal fare at that point was around £400 with most other airlines sold out and the budget airlines were around £300.

Avoid are great with short notice flights because the points amount doesn't increase even if the fare has gone up a lot.

Yeah, good for that but better with the BA companion ticket.

Hard to get seats I agree but if you can, then you are seriously quids in long haul Club World.

Newbold

Isn't there some confusion here? We're not talking about Avios here. … Isn't there some confusion here? We're not talking about Avios here. We're talking Amex Membership Reward points.



If I'm not mistaken, I think people are suggesting that its better to transfer your amex points to avios points and spend them on flights? Is that really the most effective way? I have 110,000 amex points and I have no idea what the best way to spend them is.

A lot of people don't realise that you aren't just restricted to BA even if all your Avios are in your BA Exec account. You can use them for any airline in the Oneworld alliance. It's not as straight forward as booking through BA but you can grab some bargains if you know what you're doing :-)

scottydoobuy

i can think of better things to do with 1000 points i.e 1000 avios with a … i can think of better things to do with 1000 points i.e 1000 avios with a value of £30 especially as i have a 2-4-1 ba voucher to use

how do you get a 2for1? I agree this is not a good deal

Thanks for posting this OP. I had about 4500 points left on my Gold card which I will want to cancel at some point (don't think it is worth the annual fee that will be coming up) so this is a great way to use up those points as Amex's own membership rewards system only lets you redeem at 5k points.

benjai

If I'm not mistaken, I think people are suggesting that its better to … If I'm not mistaken, I think people are suggesting that its better to transfer your amex points to avios points and spend them on flights? Is that really the most effective way? I have 110,000 amex points and I have no idea what the best way to spend them is.



Here you have some ideas headforpoints.com/201…th/
Edited by: "Lucas_Sheffield" 9th Dec 2014

WondAbrar

agreed - whilst it's great to have more options, I don't see this as … agreed - whilst it's great to have more options, I don't see this as good overall "value" when compared with the BA offers.



If you do a straight point to amount voucher as before, the 1000 points should equate to £5 as 5000 points then would net you a £25 amazon voucher, so agree this is stingy. Convenient, yes, but stingy.

jazzyb88

Thanks for posting this OP. I had about 4500 points left on my Gold card … Thanks for posting this OP. I had about 4500 points left on my Gold card which I will want to cancel at some point (don't think it is worth the annual fee that will be coming up) so this is a great way to use up those points as Amex's own membership rewards system only lets you redeem at 5k points.



The gold cars is a traditional charge amex card that you pay no interest with but have to pay the balance in full each month. And with this "burden" you also have to pay the annual fee...

Switch to one of their other credit cards, irrespective of the interest rate, as if you pay anyway in full each month, then you pay no interest. But at least these other cards will have no annual fee.
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