Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Update – this offer has expired as of January 25, 2017, see the latest offer here.
100,000 points is about as good as it gets for bonus offers, and Amex is pulling out the stops for The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN.
Until January 25, 2017 you can earn up to 100k Membership Rewards points in two parts.
Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 and an extra 50,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
The catch is purchases of things like prepaid cards won’t count, so you need to put legitimate spending on your card if you want to earn the full bonus.
This is an offer for serious spenders.
It’s the highest public offer we’ve seen for this card, although we’ve seen specially targeted offers as high as 150,000 points in the past.
Plus, you get a great portfolio of elite travel benefits including free Gogo inflight wifi passes, Hilton HHonors Gold status, Starwood Gold status (which you can turn into Marriott Gold status), and Priority Pass Select lounge access to over 900 lounges worldwide. You also get a $200 annual airline fee credit you can use for non-airfare charges on an airline of your choice.
Unfortunately, the 100k bonus is not available for the personal version of The Platinum Card, which earlier this year briefly offered 100k points with a much easier spending requirement, though you may want to check to see if you’re specially targeted for 100k points on the personal card.
If you have a favorite airline, you can pay for tickets on the Amex travel site with your points and get 50% of your points back.
Every 10,000 points is worth $100 in flight value. So you can get $500 in flight for value 50,000 points.
Then, Amex will give you 25,000 points, 50% of it, back in your account. So it’s like you paid 25,000 points for the ticket.
And that makes your 100k point bonus worth at least $2,000 in flights.
There’s one catch.
You have to designate one airline each year that gets this benefit using this form, so you’ll only get the 50% point bonus when you book that airline.
You can’t change your airline choice during the year – once you set it you’re stuck with that airline if you want the 50% bonus.
There is another (good) wrinkle.
When you book Business or First Class tickets on any airline, Amex will let you get the 50% bonus for any airline you want, not just the one you designate each year, which gives you a lot of flexibility.
If you’re more interested in real airline miles, you can transfer your points into real airline miles with over 15 Amex Membership Rewards partners, including Delta SkyMiles, Air Canada Aeroplan, and Air France Flying Blue.
If you’re after international Business and First Class flights and are flexible with when you can fly, point transfer is usually the best way to maximize the value of your points.
With 100k Amex points you can get…
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