When you reach the dizzy heights of 5,000,000 points, you’re bound to need some inspiration on the many ways you can use them. Here are some ideas for travel, shopping, and literally out-of-this-world experiences.
Take the five-star travel option every time
Reaching the massive milestone of 5,000,000 Membership Rewards points means you can enjoy upgraded airline, rail, and car hire options for the foreseeable future.
If you’re a frequent flyer, every trip can be in Upper, First, or Business Class seats through a dozen airline partners. That means feeling fresh-faced and ready to take on the world when meeting business partners and clients across the ocean by swapping a cramped aeroplane seat for a relaxing bed. You’ll also enjoy service from personal flight attendants and the finest meals and complimentary drinks during your flights.
5,000,000 points could cover 22 of these deluxe roundtrip plane tickets to long-haul destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Delhi, and Johannesburg. That could mean two flights per year for key international business conferences, exhibitions and fairs for 11 years or, for true jet-setters, one per month for nearly two years.
You could take even more trips by converting your points to Eurostar tickets. There are dozens of destinations to choose from, including direct trains to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the South of France. 5,000,000 points are enough to cover 111 Business Premier tickets, which represent Eurostar’s highest level of comfort and class. That means that during every corporate rail trip you take, you’ll enjoy huge seats, deluxe lounges, restaurant-standard food, and a speedy 10-minute check-in.
Your points can also provide the key to some of the most spectacular hotel rooms in the world. If you dedicated all 5,000,000 points to accommodation, you could stay in Radisson Hotels’ most luxurious and well-located rooms for 142 nights. That includes a direct view from your room of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Mediterranean Sea in Cannes, the sparkling city lights of Chicago, and panoramic views over the Oslo Fjord in Norway.
For petrol-heads who want to make the ultimate impression, 5,000,000 points could equal £25,000 of vouchers from car hire partners Sixt or Hertz. That’s enough to rent an Aston Martin DB11 Volante, a head-turning open-topped grand tourer worth £160,000, for a total of 50 days.
Spend £1,000 a month using just your points
If driving one of the world’s most prestigious convertibles for nearly two months sounds a bit too extravagant, you can use your points to completely change how you shop instead. 5,000,000 points are equal to £25,000 of spending through dozens of retail partners. That amount could be used to create a monthly shopping budget of £1,000 for over two years, entirely powered by points.
Each month could represent a purchase for a different purpose or person. From Selfridges & Co, you could buy a bottle of Dom Perignon as a thank you to a colleague or gift for a client. From Harrods, you could purchase a Sage Barista Pro Coffee Machine for your office. And from Amazon.co.uk, you could buy...almost anything. How about an Oculus Quest VR headset for making the games at your next office party extra special? Or a Samsung 55” QLED TV for indulging in stress-busting Netflix binges?
With 5,000,000 points, you don’t have to be picky. If you see something on offer by any of our retail partners that’ll help you be more productive, creative or relaxed, simply add it to your list and let the points take care of the rest.
Experience the extraordinary
5,000,000 points could fund some out-of-this-world experiences – quite literally. Through our partner Buyagift.co.uk, your points could take you to the edge of space in a mighty MiG-29 Fulcrum. Strapped in tight, wearing a G-suit, you’ll break the sound barrier to reach a height of 20-25 km – twice that of a passenger plane – where you can marvel at the curvature of the Earth.
If you’d like to feel even more like an astronaut, you have enough points left for a weightlessness Zero-G Experience in Russia. After a safety briefing and medical check, a unique laboratory aircraft will fly you through 10 parabolas, giving you a total of five minutes of weightlessness. After all that action, your remaining points could cover a relaxing spa week for two with treatments and dining at the sumptuous Champneys Forest Mere in Hampshire. It could make the ideal prize for your highest-performing employee.
If you’re in need of more ideas, discover even more things you can do with American Express rewards through 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.