This is a quick deal, but a pretty amazing one! There is a new Amex Offer (our guide here) for 20,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $1,000 or more with Air France (OFFER EXPIRED).
I value American Express Membership Rewards points at around 1.7 cents apiece, so this is basically a $340 return. Of course, if you have an American Express Platinum card, you earn 5x points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel. This means that through the card, you are earning 25,000 MR points when you spend $1,000 on airfare. That’s potentially $425 worth of points (based on my valuation) back with a $1,000 ticket!
All of my (and my family’s) American Express MR points-earning charge cards are targeted for the offer, so I’d imagine it’s available to a decent number of people. Enrollment is likely limited for a great deal like this one, so I’d enroll if it’s available to you.
Perhaps the best thing about this offer is that you don’t have to spend $1,000 in one go. You can purchase multiple tickets, and as long as the total spending amount to over $1,000 before April 14, 2017, you should qualify for the bonus points. It’s important to know that only online purchases qualify, so transactions made over the phone or in person will not be eligible.
It remains to be seen whether fuel surcharges and taxes with Flying Blue award tickets qualify. Air France notoriously imposes pretty high fuel surcharge on award tickets, but if those purchases are eligible for bonus points, that could lessen the pain quite a bit! If anyone has data points, please feel free to share in the comment section below!
Here are the full terms and conditions I received—make sure to check yours to ensure your spending is compliant with the T&C:
Offer valid only for purchases made directly with airfrance.us online or via the Air France mobile app. Not valid on purchases made by phone or at physical locations including, but not limited to airports, local sale offices, and lounges. Excludes hotel bookings and car rentals when purchased separately from airline ticket/package. Offer not valid for group airline reservations, prepaid airport parking, or any purchases made through 3rd party/affiliated links on airfrance.us. Purchases or transfers of Flying Blue miles do not qualify for the offer. Enrollment limited. Purchases may fall outside of the offer period in some cases due to a delay in merchants submitting transactions to us or if the purchase date differs from the date you made the transaction (for example, the purchase date for online orders may be the shipping date). If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the additional points. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the additional Membership Rewards points if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party. ENROLLMENT/ELIGIBLE CARDS: Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards that are enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program at the time of purchase are eligible. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Your enrollment does not extend to any other Cards that may be linked to the same Membership Rewards program account (such as Additional Cards). Offer is non-transferable. EARNING POINTS: Limit 1 enrolled Card per American Express Card online account and limit of 20000 additional Membership Rewards points per Card. These additional points are in addition to any points you would normally receive for purchases on your Card under the terms of your Card Member Agreement and the Membership Rewards program. When we calculate the additional points benefit for Amex EveryDay® Card products, points awarded under this offer will not be included. Additional points will be credited to your Program account within 90 days after 4/14/2017, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Terms and conditions for the Membership Rewards program apply. Visit membershiprewards.com/terms or call 1-800-AXP EARN (297-3276) for more information. Participating partners and available rewards are subject to change without notice. The value of Membership Rewards points varies according to how you choose to use them. To learn more, go to www.membershiprewards.com/pointsinfo. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. Bonus ID: B2JV POID: CFC5:0001
(HT: Running with Miles)