Tuesday, February 15, 2011

American Express Membership Rewards

This rewards program offer many unique transfer opportunities for mileage collectors, occasional large sign up bonuses, online shopping and pay with points travel options.

American Express offers a variety of cards which participate in the membership rewards program. The Green, Blue, Gold and Platinum cards are offered. These are charge cards that require you to pay off the balance each month. Amex has tied together their color cards, travel agent services, auto protection, merchant discount through the Open program, along with the Membership Rewards program.

Points are earned at the rate of one point per dollar you spend. There is no limit on the number of points you can earn. Points do not expire as long as you maintain the card. Great rewards start at just 1,000 points. Membership Rewards points can be redeemed for airline tickets, hotel rooms, travel packages, golf trips, golf gift cards, even golf clubs.

If you travel extensively, the Business Platinum Card offers some of the best travel benefits I have ever experienced. The $400 annual fee includes concierge service, access to many airline lounges, the Fine Hotels Program, and excellent customer service. If you do not travel regularly, the annual fee is a bit steep.

The program is not for everyone, but it is another great option to consider and evaluate whether or not it will benefit you on your Frugal Golf Travel adventures.

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