Great Deal: Earn 20K Bonus Amex Points For An Air France Booking

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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.

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Air France business class

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?

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  1. Is something like this as well available for Amex cards issued in Germany or only US based?
    I cannot find any category on Amex page.

  2. Our travel schedule is packed for 2017 but I can definitely see us booking Air France for travel in 2018 to Paris. Any ideas how to lock in this bonus buying a placeholder or something now and changing it later without change fees? I noticed the Terms on Amex don’t exclude gift card purchases, but then after searching the air france website, I couldn’t find that they even sell gift cards. Would buying an overpriced fully refundable ticket work for what I am trying to accomplish?

  3. I don’t have plans for international travel at the moment, but I was wondering if anyone knows whether I could book tickets for domestic flights with Air France partners (e.g. Delta) through the Air France website. I’d be very grateful for your advice! From my initial search it didn’t look like it, but here’s hoping I’m doing something wrong 🙂 Thanks!

  4. I value AX points at 2c per point as the redemption on pay with points is 2c per point. So they are giving $400 away. Bargain!

  5. Nice! I am tempted. I do not see a requirement to be the one traveling. Is an option to bu a ticket for someone else?

  6. Lucky, Does this require any sort of registration? Or just simply use my Platinum Amex on the AirFrance booking? I am actually working on a flight back to DC from Europe in two weeks and this is too juicy to pass on.

  7. I don’t even see a section for Amex Offers for my account with a french Amex card, so I’m assuming this one is (again) US only…

  8. @Lucky, never mind, I found it and added it to mine. As well just booked an AF ticket as a result. Thanks for the heads up on this as I never otherwise would have noticed.

  9. Is there a way to book a codeshare flight on DL metal for a U.S. domestic flight via Air France booking system? JFK-SFO

  10. I didn’t see anything in the terms that said gift cards wouldn’t count… do you think it would work? I have travel coming up that I could use the airline, but won’t know the dates until after the deal expires.

  11. That’s a fantastic offer! Too bad it’s not applicable to Canadian cardmembers! I find Amex offers in Canada are few and far between and often times pathetic. The last one I got was $7 statement credit for a $25 dollar purchase at an Esso gas station – maximum one statement credit per card…

  12. @runy The longer TLV-CDG looks like it is on the European “business class” and not “real J”. Note what Google says: “Average legroom (30″)” that is an inch less than the US majors in economy class. Basically you are only getting a real premium product on the CDG-LHR leg.

  13. @ runy — Just have a hard time getting excited about that since it’s intra-Europe style business class, meaning it’s just economy with a blocked middle and better service.

  14. @ Stuart — You just have to register for the Amex Offer, but then no further registration/action is required.

  15. @ Lucky – another idea would be to also get a hotel “as part of a ticket package” (per terms) but I am not sure how exactly one would accomplish that: buy a ticket and then use record locator to get special hotel offers/pricing? Hmm..

    Either way, registered for the promo in case any more attractive AF fares pop-up in the next two months 🙂

  16. It let me price out and go all the way to the payment screen for all DL metal DEN-xxx-CDG RT. Dates don’t work for us 🙁

  17. Do you happen to know if this would work for a KLM ticket purchased through the Air France website? Thanks!

  18. So what’s keeping me from buying a fully refundable ticket, wait for the bonus points to post, and then cancelling the ticket for a full refund? I know AMEX will typically revert points earned from normal spending, but bonus points from offers is a different story.

  19. I added this offer and am interested in purchasing a flight. Frustratingly, the itinerary I’m interested in can’t be booked on, but it can be booked on

    Does anyone know if I use my card, if I would qualify for the promo?

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