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Those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card. Sometimes Amex Offers are for discounts, and other times they offer bonus points.
To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.
At the moment there’s a targeted Amex Offer for 20,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $1,000+ with Air France. The promotion is valid for registered cardmembers who book through the Air France U.S. website or mobile app through April 14, 2017. That’s a huge points bonus, as it’s in addition to the points you’d usually earn.
As is the case with most Amex Offers, this promotion is targeted, though it seems to be pretty widely targeted. I’m most excited about The Platinum Card® from American Express being targeted for my account. The card offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines. It’s already the best card for airfare spend, so being able to earn an additional bonus on top of that is fantastic.
In other words, a $1,000 airfare purchase with Air France would earn me 25,000 Membership Rewards points, in addition to whatever miles I’d otherwise earn.
I value Membership Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of a ~$425 return on a $1,000 Air France purchase.
I didn’t have specific plans to book a ticket on Air France, though now I’m trying to plot how to take advantage of this. Nothing in the terms seems to prohibit award ticket taxes and fuel surcharges from counting towards the $1,000 limit, so in theory I believe you could earn 20,000 bonus Membership Rewards points if you book award tickets with high carrier imposed surcharges and taxes.
I also really want to review Air France’s new first class, so I’m trying to decide if there’s a practical way to leverage this promotion for such a ticket.
Air France first class
Do you plan on taking advantage of this great Air France Amex Offer?