How Are American Express Reward Points Used?


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American Express Reward points can be redeemed for a wide variety of merchandise and services, such as concert, sporting event and theater tickets, car rentals, appliances, golf gear, clothes and high-tech items. The Membership Rewards page of the American Express website provides details regarding how points are used with specific outlets and service providers, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Apple Store, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Best Buy. Cardholders can begin redeeming points when they have accumulated 1,000 reward points, as noted on the American Express website.

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How Are American Express Reward Points Used?
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The Membership Rewards page displays the merchandise offered through its program with the estimated number of points required, the supplier and the estimated price. The actual purchase price and exact number of reward points used are confirmed when the cardholder receives the order confirmation email from the store supplying the merchandise, as noted on the Membership Rewards portal.

In addition to being redeemed for the reward program's featured items, American Express Reward points can be used to make purchases through Amazon. They can also be used to make donations to charities or to pay for charges on an American Express monthly statement.

As of 2015, American Express Rewards points can be used to pay for food purchases at McDonald's. About 14,000 participating locations were expected to be accepting the reward points as payment by the end of 2014, as reported by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. So that customers do not have be concerned with distracting points conversion calculations when ordering food, 100 rewards points are equivalent to $1 when used for a food purchase at McDonald's.

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