When you reach the 500,000 Membership Rewards points milestone, you face some tricky decisions. Do you use them to book a first-class ticket to Australia, take dozens of journeys on the Eurostar, or upgrade your next business trip by staying in a luxury hotel?
Or, you could supercharge your shopping by spending up to £2,500 at dozens of retailers, including Harrods, and Selfridges & Co. It’s a difficult decision, but someone has to make it. To help you choose, here are some ideas spanning travel, tech and special experiences.
Transform your approach to travel
Our partnerships with international airlines let you turn your points into plane tickets to dozens of destinations around the world.
With 500,000 points, you could regularly meet American suppliers and business partners face-to-face by flying from London to New York and back nine times on Virgin Atlantic flights. Premium tickets give you extra seat space, a glass of bubbly as you board and a delicious meal served on china crockery with proper cutlery.
Alternatively, if there’s a conference or exhibition Down Under that you’ve always wanted to visit, you could book a First Class roundtrip ticket from London to Adelaide, Australia. It’s on a long-haul flight like this that you really notice the small touches. You get extra space to work and relax, personal service with a pre-flight drink and snack, plus expedited baggage service.
If venturing out to airports for your business trips to European cities feels like a drag, you could take the Eurostar instead. 500,000 points are worth 11 roundtrip tickets to any of the 28 destinations on the route. After departing from London St. Pancras, you could be among the bistros and cafés of Paris in under 2 hours 20 minutes.
Or how about soaking in the sun on a weekend break to Lyon, Marseille, or Avignon? Business Premier Class tickets keep the romance of rail travel alive by offering you the highest level of comfort, including a gourmet menu, champagne, and a breezy 10-minute check-in.
Public transport is ideal for certain trips, especially when you’re enjoying the view from a premier seat on the Eurostar, but some locations require a more hands-on approach to getting from A to B. For instance, to navigate the sprawling city of Los Angeles on a long business trip, you’ll need a car.
Using your 500,000 points, you can get £2,500 of Hertz or Sixt car hire vouchers, which is enough to rent a Ford Mustang Shelby GT-S for 12 days. Imagine taking a client or colleague for a spin and watching LA’s palm trees, Art Deco buildings and beaches go by from behind the wheel of a 600-hp supercharged pony car.
Enjoy an unhurried stay at a world-class hotel
By converting your points into Radisson Rewards, Hilton Honors points or Marriott Bonvoy points, you can book rooms in thousands of hotels around the world. For instance, you could book a five-night stay for you and three of your team at The Glasshouse hotel in Edinburgh, located in the heart of the city just a short walk from Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, and the Royal Mile. Each room in this five-star Autograph Collection hotel is named after a Scotch whisky, which you’re sure to end up sipping beside the open fire pit in the hotel’s Snug Lounge after a long day of proposals and negotiations.
On the other side of the pond, you could book a six-night stay at four-star The Hilton Club in The City That Never Sleeps. You’ll be ideally located in a unique private retreat in the heart of Manhattan, with many of New York’s most famous treasures situated within a 10-block radius of your room.
Supercharge your online shopping
Shopping is a different experience when you’ve earned 500,000 points. Instead of fixating on the price tag, you can focus instead on the possibilities. Do you want to treat yourself, your team or give a gift to a special client that will blow them away? 500,000 points are worth £2,500 in spending at Harrods, where you could buy a luxury Bottega Veneta Arco 48 handbag or a 6L bottle of Ornellaia 2014, a beautifully dark, opulent wine from the Tuscan coast.
If you’re into tech, your £2,500 of spending could be used at Amazon.co.uk to purchase a 27-inch Apple iMac and Apple Watch Series 5. Together, they could transform how you do work at home, in the office and while on the move.
Or, you could use your pool of points to upgrade your food and drinks budget for the year when entertaining clients and celebrating with your team. You can pick up platters of nibbles from M&S, hampers brimming with champagne and chocolates from Selfridges & Co, and world-class tea and coffee from Harrods.
And don’t forget that points can be used against all purchases you make on your American Express® Card. If you have 500,000 points, you can clear £2,250 from your bill in a blink.
See the world from new perspectives
Our partner Buyagift.co.uk has more than 4,000 experiences for you to choose from. 500,000 points are equal to £2,500 in gift vouchers, so you could easily add one experience per month to your calendar. There’s a massive variety to choose from, including multi-course tasting menus at award-winning restaurants, spa days and short breaks in dozens of cities, and adrenaline-pumping driving experiences on and off the road.
If there’s a daredevil in your book of contacts, you could treat them to a jet flight experience in Germany. Your pilot will take them through aerobatic spins, loops, tail-chasing and other white-knuckle maneuvers. They’ll feel like the star of Top Gun 3!
Back on the ground, you’ll have enough points left to book a more relaxing experience, such as a coach-led tour of Paris’s most iconic sights, followed by a two-course lunch for two at the Eiffel Tower’s Altitude 58 restaurant. Even better – this experience includes a return journey from London St. Pancras to Paris via Eurostar.
We hope we’ve given you a few ideas on how to cash in your points for treats, travel, tech and memorable experiences. To discover even more things you can do with American Express rewards, take a look at our tips and guides.
1. Reward flights are subject to availability. Taxes, fees and carrier charges apply.
2. Rewards shown are examples that are subject to availability and may change. Examples valid as of 12 December 2019. Terms apply.