AMEX 25% bonus to Avios is Back!
Love this bonus! LOVE it!
Now it’s not the same as 3 years ago when it was a 50% bonus, but times are changing and this may be as good as it gets going forward.
They did this one in the fall of 2015 and who knows how long they will keep doing these – they already got rid of the referral bonus on the Gold Rewards Card.
Still, a great bonus it is.
I always use flights to Florida as my example and that won’t change.
See our page on Avios on how you redeem Avios for flights.
A) If you were to get the Gold Rewards Card (free first year) and spend $500 on it you end up with 25,500 MR points. Using this bonus you would have near 32,000 Avios.
You can fly anywhere in Canada and US (not Hawaii/Alaska) with those points.
More importantly you could fly 2 people on a shorter haul flight for 15,000 total Avios each.
That actually goes pretty far. Up to 2300 miles round trip.(look at blue class)
Cleveland to Miami is 2160 miles round. Only 15,000 Avios per person!
Obviously your spouse/travel partner can do the same if you are a family of 4 that gets you to Florida nice and cheap.
Like I mentioned, the referral bonus is gone so you will now have near 64,000 Avios if you just did the minimum spend.
B) Now that is probably what most people would do, but I have another suggestion.
Are you going to spend near $5000 in the next 3 months? More? Good.
Currently, the Amex Business Gold Rewards Card is FREE first year and offers a 40,000 point sign up bonus when you spend $5000 in 3 months. So that is a total of 45,000 MR points. Yes, for most people that is too much money so you might have to stick with simple.
Think utilities, phone bills, insurance, paying other peoples’ bills etc.
You have to be creative to spend that much, but it can be easier than you think.
This card STILL OFFERS A REFERRAL BONUS to that same card.
Refer your spouse/partner and pick up another 10,000 points. Now they may or may not be able to spend $5000 but you picked up 55,000 points for your troubles.
So that gives you 68,750 or near 70,000 Avios using the 25% bonus. More free flights.
This is our referral link to those 2 cards. Send me an email if interested. Thanks!