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American Express just sent out a new promotional email to select Membership Rewards cardholders! They can earn up to 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points for booking select flights! Full details.
Up to 10,000 bonus points for booking flights
Here are the main details of the offer:
- Reservations must be made between April 1 and April 30, 2019
- These must be new reservations
- Fixed point travel program must be used for eligible round-trip flights
If these conditions are met, you will get:
- 5,000 bonus points when you redeem between 15,000 and 50,000 points for flights
- 10,000 bonus points when you redeem 50,001 points or more for flights (fixed point program)
But… what is the fixed point travel program?
We have detailed this program in this article which has demonstrated the incredible value it can have for certain types of flights. Here is a video from American Express explaining the program:
Let’s take a few examples.
American Express Travel Program
American Express Travel allows you to book airline tickets in two ways:
- or with the flexible points travel program: here you will use your points at a value of 10 000 points = 100$.
- or with the fixed-point travel program: for certain destinations, a fare schedule applies and can be particularly interesting.
Let’s detail the fixed-point travel program:
American Express Travel Fixed Points Program
The American Express Fixed Point Travel Program covers certain eligible“popular” air routes, from short-haul to long-haul. For example:
- Montreal – New York
- Toronto – Montreal
- Toronto – New York
For this type of “short-haul” flight, it will cost only 15,000 Membership Rewards points (+ taxes) up to a value of $300 (for the base price of the ticket… excluding taxes).
Let’s take an example of a short-haul flight between Montreal (YUL) and New York La Guardia (LGA) during a busy period: from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Real conditions for a weekend in the Big Apple.
For example, American Express Travel offers this round trip on Air Canada for $509.41.
The American Express Fixed Points Travel Program allows you to pay for this short-haul ticket with 15,000 Membership Rewards points + $209.41. Here is the price breakdown:
We can see that the base price of the ticket is $360.97, plus taxes, fees and carrier surcharges of $148.44.
And as part of this promotion, you could even earn 5,000 Membership Rewards points. That means this flight would only cost you 10,000 points and $209.41 round trip!
Membership Rewards Cards
There are 5 Membership Rewards cards that can be used on the American Express Travel website:
|American Express® Gold Rewards Card
|It allows you to accumulate 2 points for every dollar spent at gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies in Canada as well as for travel purchases (airline tickets, accommodations, car rentals, cruises, etc.). Purchases made elsewhere earn 1 point per dollar.
|American Express Platinum Card®
|It earns 3 points per dollar for restaurants and bars, 2 points per dollar for travel and 1 point per dollar of purchases everywhere else
|American Express® Business Gold Rewards Card®
|It allows you to accumulate 1 point per dollar spent. In addition, it is possible to earn 2 points per dollar spent with 3 suppliers that you choose from a list provided by American Express (such as Petro-Canada, Best Buy, Plastiq.com…)
|Business Platinum Card® from American Express
|It earns 1.25 points for every dollar spent, regardless of the type of business.
|American Express Cobalt™ Card
|It allows you to earn between 1 and 5 select Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent. Please note: select Membership Rewards points cannot be transferred to airline loyalty programs (such as Aeroplan or British Airways Executive Club). However, they can be transferred to hotel loyalty programs (Marriott Bonvoy or Hilton Honors).
This offer is particularly advantageous for short-haul flights such as Montreal – New York.
If you have multiple cards with Membership Rewards points, the best card to use for this type of transaction would be the American Express Cobaltᵐᶜ Card! In fact, of all of them it is the only one whose Membership Rewards points CANNOT be transferred directly into an airline loyalty program (like Aeroplan).
Here you can use your points wisely for airfare! Especially when they have been accumulated at the rate of 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar for certain purchases!
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