Paying for everyday charges with MR points?

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Postby djrez4 » Thu May 08, 2014 3:30 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:I've been hoarding my points for some time. For fun I am trying to find out how to spend them with the greatest advantage to ME.

What's the general concensus? Use them for first class air tickets?


Best value per point is almost always first-class airfare via points transferred directly to an airline.

However, Amex appears to have a program where you can create you own reward. I'm sure you can come up with something fun.

CSB - We obtained Amex statements of an adverse party via subpoena once. She had an MR balance over 750k. The things I would have done with those points...
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Postby Bama87 » Thu May 08, 2014 4:12 pm

Why first-class airfare?

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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu May 08, 2014 4:12 pm

djrez4 wrote:Best value per point is almost always first-class airfare via points transferred directly to an airline.

However, Amex appears to have a program where you can create you own reward. I'm sure you can come up with something fun.

CSB - We obtained Amex statements of an adverse party via subpoena once. She had an MR balance over 750k. The things I would have done with those points...


Guess she didn't spend them fast enough before she was busted!!
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Postby MemberSince99 » Thu May 08, 2014 4:46 pm

She should have transferred them to a partner program then they would be effectively invisible.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu May 08, 2014 5:16 pm

Yeah.. good point. Instead, she lost them all.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu May 08, 2014 5:16 pm

Bama87 wrote:Why first-class airfare?


Because these tickets when purchases alone would exceed 10k each if you are going on an international route.
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Postby djrez4 » Thu May 08, 2014 5:23 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Guess she didn't spend them fast enough before she was busted!!


Oh - we didn't do anything with them. She was busted for other reasons. (Moral of the story - always pay your Hong Kong accountant and don't try to hide assets via fake non-profits. Also, don't lie about really obvious things in a deposition.) But if I had that many points....
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Postby benhollberg » Thu May 08, 2014 8:09 pm

Bama87 wrote:Why first-class airfare?


One example, my parents were flying SLC to CDG, they ended up having to cancel the trip but I was going to transfer 200,000 MR points to Delta for one of them for round trip Business Elite class that would have been over $8k.
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Postby MikeD » Fri May 09, 2014 3:08 am

Can you transfer points between the Everyday and PRG?




djrez4 wrote:Best value per point is almost always first-class airfare via points transferred directly to an airline.

However, Amex appears to have a program where you can create you own reward. I'm sure you can come up with something fun.

CSB - We obtained Amex statements of an adverse party via subpoena once. She had an MR balance over 750k. The things I would have done with those points...
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Postby djrez4 » Fri May 09, 2014 9:46 am

MikeD wrote:Can you transfer points between the Everyday and PRG?


If you have multiple Membership Rewards-earning cards, they should be attached to the same MR account and should accrue points into that account. If you have separate MR accounts for two cards, you should call Amex and ask to have them merged.
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