People may use American Express, or Amex, rewards points for traveling, shopping, dining and more. American Express points, like those of most credit card companies, accrue over time. After reaching a certain number, consumers may trade points for privileges — with 1,000 points, for instance, customers receive discounts on clothing, food and groceries, say employees at American Express.
Customers holding American Express credit cards accrue points through the company's membership rewards program. This program incentivizes consumers to use their Amex cards by letting them accrue points whenever they complete transactions or make purchases with their American Express cards. The rewards program lets customers choose how to redeem their points by offering several options. Customers may receive gift cards to large retailers, such as Crate and Barrel, for clothes, accessories and home decor. In addition to savings for customers on basic goods, American Express reward points can help offset the cost of larger expenses, such as traveling. Travel points reduce or eliminate the cost of flights, hotels and even entertainment and attractions. People may rent cars, schedule plane and train rides, and receive discounts at amusement parks with Amex points. American Express reward points offer customers many options, but company spokespeople caution that participating partners and reward exchange terms may change without notice.