AMEX Membership Rewards vs Membership Rewards Express?

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catdoc
 
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AMEX Membership Rewards vs Membership Rewards Express?

Postby catdoc » Tue May 17, 2011 2:51 am

What is the difference between American Express Membership Rewards and the Membership Rewards Express program and why doesn't the AMEX website explain the difference clearly? I am getting really frustrated with their website and the lack of explanations and details for things like this and other benefits. I read everything and many unanswered questions remain.


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Postby milkthatcard » Thu May 19, 2011 5:11 pm

I could be mistaken but I was studying the American Express offerings and the cards that use the Membership Rewards Express are the Green, Blue regular and Zync. Their website does do a bad job explaining where the programs differ.

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Postby websteth » Thu May 26, 2011 9:21 pm

Both are the same value but you can transfer your points int o airline miles with the full membership rewards program. Everything else is the same.
American Express: Platinum, Zync, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Blue, Starwood Preferred Guest
Barclaycard US: iTunes Reward Visa, US Airways Premier World MasterCard
Chase: Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature, Freedom Visa
Citi Bank: Hilton HHonors Visa Signature, AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
Bank of America Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard
Discover: Discover it
Other:Macy's Star Rewards, Target REDCard

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Postby catdoc » Thu May 26, 2011 11:01 pm

Thank you for the replies! If that's the case is there any worthwhile reason for the average person to shell out more money to get the Gold cards with the regular Amex Membership Rewards program? Because I don't foresee using my points on airfare and if the points are worth the exact same otherwise then I can't see how American Express can justify the differences in annual fees.

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Postby websteth » Fri May 27, 2011 6:26 am

catdoc wrote:Thank you for the replies! If that's the case is there any worthwhile reason for the average person to shell out more money to get the Gold cards with the regular Amex Membership Rewards program? Because I don't foresee using my points on airfare and if the points are worth the exact same otherwise then I can't see how American Express can justify the differences in annual fees.

You do get a lot of extra things for your annual fee. If you compare the benefits in detail you will see. Also, the different cards allow you to earn points differently and different promos for earning like bonus points for travel, gas and groceries.
American Express: Platinum, Zync, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Blue, Starwood Preferred Guest
Barclaycard US: iTunes Reward Visa, US Airways Premier World MasterCard
Chase: Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature, Freedom Visa
Citi Bank: Hilton HHonors Visa Signature, AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
Bank of America Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard
Discover: Discover it
Other:Macy's Star Rewards, Target REDCard



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