Forget those flights to the Maldives, wouldn’t you prefer to use your points for a burger and fries? Starting last month, AMEX began allowing US cardholders the ability to spend their Membership Rewards points at the register inside select US McDonald’s restaurants. The conversion rate? 100 points for every $1 you spend, so a $3.79 quarter pounder w/ cheese will set you back 379 points. Did you get in on one of the AMEX Platinum 100K sign-up bonuses? That’s almost 264 quarter pounders! From the AMEX press release:
The deal is a landmark, AmEx’s first letting cardholders redeem points at a cash register, according to Leslie Berland, the lender’s digital partnerships. By December, consumers will be able to redeem points inside McDonald’s across the U.S. or use their card at a drive-thru and apply points later using an AmEx website or mobile app. “We’re constantly looking for ways to make life easier for our customers,” Deborah Wahl, the chief marketing officer at McDonald’s USA, said in a statement.
For the younger point collectors, don’t make any bad late night decisions inside a McDs after a night of drinking!