If you’ve been searching the web about travel points you may have seen the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card often mentioned by bloggers & websites. It has one of the most generous sign up offers (10000 Amex Points) considering the card has no annual for the first year! You can also be referred by myself for the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card, you will receive an additional 2000 points. Email info(at)pointsuncovered.com for a link!
This is my experience using the points system and is not a recommendation of any financial product. There are other credit cards which can earn you travel points including IHG credit card, Tesco Credit Cards (by exchanging Clubcard points for avios, hotel stays and more) & Virgin Atlantic credit card. If you email for a referral to an American Express card upon you being accepted I will receive points, this varies between 9,000 – 18,000 depending on the card I refer you from. I will inform you of the correct amount when you get in contact for a link.
This is my first part of three looking at the various ways you could spend those points! This part focuses on what hotels you can stay in for your 20000 Amex Points! The second part focuses on what experiences you can get for your points and the third part on where you can fly to!
What hotels can I convert 20000 Amex Points to?
There are currently 3 hotel partners that you can directly transfer your membership rewards into their respective loyalty schemes with. These are Hilton Hotels, Marriott/SPG & Radisson.
What value should I be aiming to get on a hotel redemption?
As you will see the equivalent room rate for your points can vary massively depending on where and when you stay. I aim for around 0.5p per Hilton points, 0.66p for a Marriott points and 0.33 per Radisson Rewards point. Your valuation may vary depending on how you earn your points. I often find redeeming points for popular stays such as New Year’s Eve can work out incredible value compared to the whacked up cash rate.
You can work out the rate you are getting by dividing the cash price by the points and you’ll get the pence per point value. On that note let’s move onto the hotels…
20000 Amex Points will convert into 40,000 Hilton Honors Points at a 1:2 ratio. You can redeem your points for Hilton Honors here https://catalogue.membershiprewards.co.uk/transfer/step-one?linknav=uk-mr-vrp-travelpartners-hh-transfermypts
You will need to link your Hilton Honors account to your membership reward account first, if you haven’t got one you can sign up here – https://secure3.hilton.com/en/hh/customer/join/joinHHonors.htm
Hilton usefully provide a points explorer which will handily tell you where you can go within your budget per night in points – http://pointsexplorer.hiltonhonors.com
Interesting redemptions include the Hilton Hurghada Resort at 5,000 points a night (8 days!)
For example, booking 07 May 2019 – 15 May 2019, 1 room for 2 adults, 40,000 points or $336 dollars.
Silver, Gold and Diamond Elite Members will get every 5th night free when booking a Standard Room Reward Stay of 5 nights or more using all Points (up to four free nights on a stay of 20 consecutive nights).
For example, booking 07 May 2019 – 17 May 2019, 1 room for 2 adults, 40,000 points or $420 dollars.
Or if you prefer something a little closer to home you could stay in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London at between 31,000 – 60,000 points depending on the dates you stay.
For example, booking 22 April 2019 – 23 April 2019, 1 room for 2 adults, 39,000 points or £102.
20000 Amex Points will convert into 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points at a 2:3 ratio. You can redeem your points for Marriott Bonvoy here https://catalogue.membershiprewards.co.uk/partner/Starwood-Preferred-Guest%C2%AE/SC?categoryname=&linknav=uk-mr-vrp-travelpartners-sc-logo
You will need to link your Marriott Bonvoy account to your membership reward account first, if you haven’t got one you can sign up here – https://www.marriott.co.uk/rewards/createAccount/createAccountPage1.mi
With Marriott you can use there Points Redemption list to find out where you could travel for 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points – https://points-redemption.marriott.com/category-change – you can filter via location & sort via amount of points required.
Interesting redemptions include the Marriott Courtyard Pilsen at 7,500 points a night (5 nights) This can be booked as 5 nights rather than 4 for the points as Marriott allows you to get a free fifth night if you’ve redeemed your points for four nights.
For example, booking 07 May 2019 – 12 May 2019, 1 room for 2 adults, 30,000 points or approx £516.55.
Or if you prefer something a little closer to home you could stay in the London Marriott Hotel Twickenham for 25,000 points.
For example, booking 22 April 2019 – 23 April 2019, 1 room for 2 adults, 25,000 points or £102.
20000 Amex Points will convert into 60,000 Radisson Rewards Points at a 1:3 ratio. You can redeem your points for Radisson Rewards here https://catalogue.membershiprewards.co.uk/partner/Radisson-Rewards%E2%84%A2/RZ-1?categoryname=&linknav=uk-mr-vrp-travelpartners-rz1-logo
You will need to link your Radisson Rewards account to your membership reward account first, if you haven’t got one you can sign up here – https://www.radissonrewards.com/profiles/secure/joinRouter.do
You can view Radisson reward categories and where different amount of points will get you here, you can also filter by point amount and location – https://www.radissonrewards.com/fgp/hotelcategory/home.do
Interesting redemptions include the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis at 9,000 points a night (6 nights)
For example, booking 08 May 2019 – 14 May 2019, 1 room for 2 adults, 54,000 points or £375.
Or if you prefer something a little closer to home you could stay in the
Park Plaza London Riverbank for 50,000 points.
For example, booking 08 May 2019 – 9 May 2019, 1 room for 2 adults, 50,000 points or £192.
Do share with us your best finds for 20000 amex points in the comments below!