Earn 5X Membership Rewards Points For Shopping At Amazon
***UPDATE*** As of February 10th, 2018, transactions on United’s MPX App no longer earn 5X Membership Rewards points.
Last March, American Express added the ability to earn 5X points on flights booked directly with the airlines with the American Express Platinum card. Because of this, you can now earn 5X Membership Rewards points for shopping at Amazon with a neat little trick.
Earn 5X Points On Flights Booked Directly With The Airlines
One of the benefits American Express added to the card was the ability to earn 5X points per dollar spent with any airline, or when booking flights at American Express Travel. This is a great deal, and Amex has earned my business for any spending I am doing directly with the airlines.
One of the unintended perks of this new benefit is the ability to buy Amazon gift cards from United Airlines through their United MileagePlus X smartphone app. Using the MileagePlus X app, I am able to buy gift cards for Amazon (and a number of other retailers) which code on my Platinum card as United Airlines. This in turn triggers the bonus category for airline spending and allows me to earn 5X Membership Rewards points for all of my Amazon shopping. This is a really easy way to earn additional miles for your Amazon shopping. Don’t have an Amex Platinum card? Learn more about current offers by visiting our Top Credit Cards page.
It is important to note that only the personal American Express Platinum card earns 5X points on spend directly with the airline. The American Express Business Platinum Card only earns 5X points on airfare booked with amextravel.com. For this, reason, the trick will not work for Business Platinum card.
Thrifty Tip #1: You will even earn United Airlines miles for every dollar you spend in the MileagePlus X app. Amazon gift cards earn 0.5 miles/dollar, but many retailers will earn up to 5 miles/dollar. These are in addition to the 5X Membership Rewards points you will earn on your Amex Platinum card.
Thrifty Tip #2: You can even take this one step further and use the JetBlue Amazon shopping portal to earn additional JetBlue miles for shopping on Amazon.
The Platinum Card From American Express
The Platinum card from American Express has long been one of my favorites. It does boast a high annual fee, but I don’t have an issue getting more than the annual fee amount back in value each year. Below I have listed out the benefits of the American Express Platinum card.
Sign up bonus: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months of card membership.
Annual Uber Credit: Receive $200 for Uber rides annually. You will receive $15 each month to spend on Uber and $35 in the month of December. This can also be used on UberEats to order take out food. This benefit is for the personal card only.
5X Membership Rewards points: on flights booked directly with the airlines or with American Express Travel, and 5X points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
$200 Airline Fee Credit: Receive $200 per calendar year for airline incidental fees at one airline. This will even work to purchase gift cards at certain airlines.
Lounge Access: Receive access to Amex Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs (when flying Delta), Escape Lounges, and membership in the Priority Pass select program. This card is widely considered the best credit card for airport lounge access.
$100 Application Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓: If you apply for either Global Entry or TSA Pre✓ and pay with the Amex Platinum Card, the application cost will be reimbursed ($100 for Global Entry and $85 for TSA Pre✓). You are eligible to receive this credit once every four years.
35% Airline Bonus: When you use Membership Rewards pay with points for all or part of a flight with your selected airline, you will get 35% of the points back (up to 500,000 points per calendar year). This benefit is only available on the business version of the card.
Gogo Inflight Wifi: Each year, you will receive 12 free Gogo inflight Wifi passes. This benefit is available on the business version of the card only.
Hotel Status: The Platinum card offers complimentary SPG/Marriott and Hilton Honors Gold status just for being a card member.
Access to the Platinum Concierge: Receive around-the-clock assistance with travel planning and booking, shopping advice and other personal requests.
Extended Purchase Warranty: Can extend the original manufacturer’s warranty for up to one extra year for eligible purchases made on your card.
Annual Fee: The person version of the card boasts an annual fee of $550 while the business version of the card has an annual fee of $450. Neither card charges foreign transaction fees.
The Amex Platinum card has long been one of my favorites for the benefits it provides. With the addition of the 5X points on airline spending benefit, they have earned my business on spending with the airlines, and now anything I need to purchase at Amazon. American Express offers both a personal and business version of the Platinum card. Learn more about current offers by visiting our Top Credit Cards page.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.