The American Express® Gold Card is one of our favorites and right now it has a better than usual offer of 75,000 Membership Rewards (through Resy) instead of 60,000 after a minimum spend. The annual fee of $250 is covered if you use the benefits it gives you. But what can 75K American Express Membership Rewards do for you? Be sure and read our full review of this card here.
Even better, the Platinum Card® from American Express has a 150,000 welcome offer via certain referrals. That means you can do way more than the travel on the ideas we list here! Like double the deals!!
Note: These are the offers at the time of writing this article. Welcome offers are subject to change. Additionally, airline redemptions may change too. This article will still give you ideas of what is possible.
If Delta is one of your favorite airlines, getting American Express Membership Rewards is a no-brainer for you. Maybe you’ve received all the Delta miles you can from those credit cards and wish you could get more. Good news! Delta is a transfer partner of American Express so you can get more Delta Skymiles by opening up an American Express Gold card, or another AMEX Membership Rewards card.
When Alex and I went to Maui two years ago to get out of the winter snow I transferred some AMEX Membership Rewards to Delta to book my flight. It was a last-minute trip that we still talk about!
What can 75,000 Membership Rewards do for you? How about a one-way flight to the Maldives? I am actually doing this next October from London because my daughter (the one who lives in London) and I are going together and it is 60K for a business flight on Etihad Airlines from London. I’m super excited to try out another airline! I transferred Membership Rewards to Air Canada and booked a flight that will be on Etihad Airlines.
You can check Air Canada (and other transfer partners) to see what the price would be out of an airport you’d like to fly out of.
Emirates Airlines is a world-class airline and a transfer partner of American Express. A few years ago, my husband and I traveled nonstop from LAX to Dubai in business class seats. It was this trip that hooked my husband on my newfound hobby! You can almost travel there in business class one way for that 75K, or fly there roundtrip in economy. Once you add on your spending, you will be really close to doing this trip for that one welcome offer from the American Express Gold Card. To make it a reality, spend more or open up another of the AMEX cards. With the Platinum Card, you can fly roundtrip in economy.
This is really a good deal! Usually, it takes about 45,000 miles for a roundtrip ticket to Hawaii from the mainland. If you fly out of LAX, PHX, SEA, PDX, SAN, (basically somewhere on the west coast that offers direct flights to Hawaii on AA or Alaska) you can travel there for only 26,000 miles. With this deal, you can get two round-trip tickets with this one welcome offer!
Prior to COVID, we had a girl’s trip to Barcelona planned and Alex and I were flying from Boston to Barcelona on Iberia Airlines for 43,000 miles one-way in business class. You can transfer Membership Rewards to Iberia for miles. Sadly, we had to postpone that trip but the deal is still available.
If you just want to go to Madrid it is only 34,000 miles for business class! You can go roundtrip with your welcome offer at this price. Economy class is a steal too!
Don’t forget about American Express Membership Rewards when you plan to travel. They have excellent travel partners, not only for international flights but also for domestic flights on their partners. Now that you’ve seen what you can do with 75K American Express Membership Rewards, which card will you be applying for next?
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