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The best ways to spend 100,000 Membership Rewards

Whether you've received a huge amount of bonus points or spent your way there, here’s how you can get the most value from 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards.

American Express’ Membership Rewards program is one of the most flexible loyalty schemes on the Australian credit card market. If you’re new to Amex, you can also benefit from the bonus points offers that Amex frequently provides on Membership Rewards cards.

These bonus points promotions vary from card to card but both the American Express Platinum and Explorer cards currently offer 80,000 and 100,000 Membership Rewards respectively when cardholders meet the spend requirements.

So, whether you've scored a big bonus points offer or saved up 100,000 points, here we look at a few of the ways you can spend your Membership Rewards and highlight which ones will offer you the best bang for your buck.

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American Express Explorer Credit Card

Receive 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points

Offer ends 9 April 2018

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

American Express Credit Card Offer

Sign up for an American Express Explorer credit card to receive 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points and take advantage of the complimentary insurance covers and airport lounge visits.

  • Introductory 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $1,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months.
  • Annual fee of $395.
  • Receive a $400 Travel Credit every year.
  • Transfer your points to any of 8 airline partner programs, including Velocity Frequent Flyer.
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The different types of Membership RewardsAMEX_membership_rewards_200x100

There are different tiers or streams within the Membership Rewards program. For example, the American Express Explorer credit card gives you access to the Membership Rewards Gateway program, the Platinum Edge is linked to the Membership Rewards Ascent program and the American Express Platinum card accesses the Ascent Premium program.

These variations in rewards have different redemption rates and exchange rates when you want to transfer Membership Rewards to frequent flyer points. So, where possible, we’ve included details of the differences for each reward option.

How can I redeem 100,000 Membership Rewards?

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Flights

Among most rewards and frequent flyer programs, flights is where you’ll get the most value for your points. Membership Rewards currently has 11 airline partners, so there are a few options to weigh up. Below we’ve listed some of the ways you can spend 100,000 Membership Rewards with some of Australia’s favourite partnered airlines.

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Please note that these points amounts were correct at the time of writing, but can vary depending on the flight, route and carrier you fly with. Make sure to use the points calculators available on the airline websites to determine how many points you’ll need for your next trip.

How many frequent flyer points can I get with 100,000 Membership Rewards?

Qantas Frequent Flyer PointsAscent/Ascent Premium: 100,000
Gateway: N/A
Virgin Australia VelocityAscent/Ascent Premium: 100,000
Gateway: 75,000
Asia MilesAscent/Ascent Premium: 100,000
Gateway: 75,000
Singapore KrisFlyerAscent/Ascent Premium: 100,000
Gateway: 75,000
Etihad GuestAscent/Ascent Premium: 100,000
Gateway: 75,000
Emirates SkywardsAscent/Ascent Premium and Gateway: 75,000

How to redeem 100,000 Membership Rewards for flights

Qantas

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You can’t redeem Membership Rewards Gateway points for Qantas Frequent Flyer Points, so this section focuses on the points possibilities with Ascent or Ascent Premium.

How many Qantas Points do I get with 100,000 Membership Rewards?
  • Ascent and Ascent Premium. 100,000 Qantas Points.

With 100,000 Membership Rewards, you could redeem the following flights with Qantas (just to name a few).

Fare classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationNumber of points required
EconomyOne waySydneyAbu Dhabi83,000
BusinessOne waySydney or MelbourneLas Vegas96,000
FirstOne waySydney or MelbourneSingapore90,000
EconomyReturnSydney or MelbourneLos Angeles90,000
BusinessReturnMelbourneBrisbane48,000
BusinessReturnMelbourne or BrisbaneAuckland72,000
EconomyReturnBrisbaneJohannesburg90,000
EconomyReturnPerthRome90,000
FirstOne wayPerthHong Kong95,000

Virgin Velocity Frequent Flyer

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You can exchange your Membership Rewards for Velocity Points regardless of the rewards stream you’re in, although different exchange rates apply.

How many Velocity Points do I get with 100,000 Membership Rewards?
  • Ascent or Ascent Premium. 100,000 Velocity Points.
  • Gateway. 75,000 Velocity Points.

In the table below, we’ve highlighted some of the ways you can redeem 100,000 Velocity Points exchanged from Membership Rewards for flights.

Fare classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationNumber of points required
Economy RewardReturnSydneyLos Angeles44,800 each way (plus $112.48)
Economy RewardOne waySydneyLondon (Heathrow)98,200 (plus $103.38)
Economy RewardOne wayMelbourneTokyo (Narita)98,000 (plus $90.55)
Business SaverOne wayMelbourneBrisbane92,300
Economy RewardOne wayBrisbaneSingapore85,900 (plus $91.86)
Business RewardReturnBrisbaneSydney19,900 each way
Economy RewardOne wayPerthAuckland87,700
Business RewardReturnAdelaideBrisbane28,300 each way

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

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Cathay Pacific and Asia Miles is partnered with a number of international airlines via the oneworld alliance. Not only does this offer flexibility, but you may find that you can redeem the same flights for fewer points if you book through Cathay Pacific.

How many Asia Miles can I exchange for 100,000 Membership Rewards?
  • Ascent or Ascent Premium. 100,000 Asia Miles.
  • Gateway. 75,000 Asia Miles.
Fare classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationAirlineNumber of points
Premium EconomyReturnSydneySan FranciscoQantas/American Airlines72,000
BusinessReturnSydneyOsakaQantas80,000
Premium EconomyReturnMelbourneBeijingAir China72,000
BusinessReturnBrisbaneHong KongCathay Pacific Airways80,000
BrisbaneEconomyBrisbaneAbu DhabiBritish Airways72,000

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

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You can exchange your Membership Rewards points for KrisFlyer Miles with Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program. KrisFlyer members can use their miles for flights and upgrades with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and partnered airlines.

How many KrisFlyer Miles can I get for 100,000 Membership Rewards?
  • Ascent or Ascent Premium. 100,000 KrisFlyer Miles.
  • Gateway. 75,000 KrisFlyer Miles.
Fare classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationNumber of points required
Economy Saver AwardReturnSydneyHo Chi Minh City56,000
Business Saver AwardReturnSydneyHanoi116,000
Economy Saver AwardReturnBrisbaneBangkok110,000
Business Saver AwardOne wayBrisbaneAuckland105,000
EconomyReturnPerthAthens80,000
BusinessOne wayPerthSingapore65,000
EconomyReturnAdelaideJohannesburg94,000
Business Standard AwardOne wayAdelaidePhuket90,000

Etihad Guest

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How many Etihad Guest Miles can I get with 100,000 Membership Rewards?
  • Ascent/Ascent Premium. 100,000 Etihad Guest Miles.
  • Gateway. 75,000 Etihad Guest Miles.
Fare classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationNumber of points required
Economy ClassicOne waySydneyNew York (JFK)98,261
Business Saver AwardReturnSydneyHanoi116,000
Economy Saver AwardReturnBrisbaneBangkok110,000
Business Saver AwardOne wayBrisbaneAuckland105,000
EconomyReturnPerthAthens80,000
BusinessOne wayPerthSingapore65,000
EconomyReturnAdelaideJohannesburg94,000
Business Standard AwardOne-wayAdelaidePhuket90,000

Emirates Skywards

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The same exchange rates apply regardless of which Membership Rewards stream you’re in when transferring your points to Emirates Skywards miles.

How many Skywards Miles do I get from 100,000 Membership Rewards?
  • Ascent/Ascent Premium and Gateway. 75,000 Skywards Miles.

Emirates is also partnered with Qantas, so we’ve included some examples where you can redeem your Skywards Miles for flights with the Australian airline. We’ve also included some examples that just exceed 75,000 points.

Fare classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationNumber of miles required
Economy SaverOne waySydneyLos Angeles75,000 (plus $432.51)
BusinessReturnSydney (via Qantas)Auckland72,000 (plus $214)
EconomyOne wayMelbourneSingapore79,750 (plus $289)
BusinessReturnMelbourneBrisbane48,000 (plus $71)
BusinessReturnBrisbaneSydney48,000 (plus $36)
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Travel

If you visit the American Express Travel website, you can use your points to redeem everything from flights and accommodation to car rental and experiences. You can compare some of the options and how far your points can take you.

Membership Rewards Gateway travel point values

If you get an Amex card that’s linked to Membership Rewards Gateway, you can get $100 of value for 13,500 points when you make travel bookings through American Express Travel Online or Helloworld. This is currently the only Membership Rewards program stream that lists point values before you have logged into your account (see the Gateway terms and conditions for more details).

Flights

As well as exchanging your Membership Rewards for points with frequent flyer partners, you can also use your points to redeem flights via American Express Travel. You can book flights with 30+ partnered airlines in Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class. You can see how many points you’ll need to redeem for your flight if you log into your account and select your departure, destination, fare class and flight dates.

Hotels

While you’re on Amex Travel booking your flights, you can also use your points to book your accommodation. Again, you can log into your Membership Rewards account to see how many points you’ll need to pay for your hotel booking. American Express Travel is partnered with a variety of hotel chains including the Hilton, the Hyatt and Crowne Plaza.

Car hire

If you’re taking a road trip or just need something to get you from A to B, you can also redeem your Membership Rewards for vehicle hire. Amex Travel is partnered with car rental companies including Alamo, Budget, Europcar and Thrifty. If you log into your Membership Rewards account you can see how much it’ll set you back in points in a daily rate.

Experiences

Now that you’ve got your flights, accommodation and car hire sorted, all that’s left is to figure out how you’re going to spend your holiday. Depending on your destination, you can book experiences including day tours, helicopter trips, surf lessons, wine tastings and sightseeing with your Membership Rewards points. Prices will vary depending on the activity, so make sure you’re logged in to see how many points it’ll set you back.

Cruises

If you’d prefer to take your vacation on the ocean road, you can also use your Membership Rewards to book cruise trips. You can book cruises with more than 20 partnered cruise lines including Captain Cook, Disney, P&O Cruises Australia and Star. You can cruise anywhere from Australia and New Zealand to Alaska and the Caribbean. You can even book a world tour if your points or bank balance allows for it. Just sign into your Membership Rewards account to see how far your points could take you on the seven seas.

Travel agency

If you’d prefer to leave your holiday planning in the hands of a professional, you can also use your Membership Rewards to book an itinerary with helloworld or WEBJET. You can filter the relevant agents by your location and the ones that accept Membership Rewards payments to narrow down your search.

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Shopping

If you’re a regular shopaholic, you might want to save on some of your retail therapy sessions by using your Membership Rewards points at the checkout. We’ve outlined a few of the options below.

Points for credit card

If you want to use your points to cover your credit card costs, you can log into your account online or via the Amex Mobile app and select an eligible transaction to redeem for points. Once you’ve done this, you’ll receive a credit on your account within 72 hours.

You can start at 8,000 points to cover a purchase of $50 and up to $1,000 for 130,000 points. If you have 100,000 Membership Rewards, we’ve outlined the amounts you could redeem with points below.

Purchase amountNumber of points required
$508,000
$10014,500
$25036,000
$50069,000

David Jones Online

American Express is partnered with David Jones, allowing Membership Rewards partners to redeem their points for home, fashion and beauty products from DJs online. You just need to select points as your method of payment at the checkout. 13,500 Membership Rewards can be redeemed for AUD$100, so 100,000 Membership Rewards could get you approximately $740 worth of rewards

With 100,000 you could redeem a bottle of Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue Edp 100ml (worth $180 or 24,300 points), a Coach purse (worth $195 or 26,235 points), a metallic pair of Tony Bianco “Freddie” boots (worth $219.95 or 29,693 points) and a Tigerlily dress ($139.96 or 18,895 points). You can browse your full range of points potential on the David Jones website.

Ticketmaster

If you’d prefer to redeem your points for experiences rather than material possessions, you can also use them to cover the costs of concerts, theatre, sport matches, comedy and more via Ticketmaster.

You can use your Membership Rewards points towards a portion or to cover all of your ticket purchase, starting at 2,000 points. You can also browse upcoming events and see how much it’ll cost you in points via the Ticketmaster website.

Gift cards

If you’d rather use your hard-earned points to enjoy the flexibility of a gift card or to treat a loved one, you can redeem your Membership Rewards points for gift cards for retail, travel and entertainment. Most retail partners give you the option to redeem a gift voucher worth either $50 (6,750 points) or $100 (13,500 points).

So, with 100,000 points, you could redeem approximately $700 worth of gift cards from the various partnered retailers, but you can compare some of the merchants you could redeem your points with below:

  • BCF (Boating, Camping, Fishing)
  • Coles Group & Myer
  • Country Road
  • David Jones
  • freedom
  • Harvey Norman (135,000 points for $1,000)
  • iTunes
  • Myer
  • Priceline Pharmacy
  • Rebel
  • Supercheap Auto
  • Westfield
  • WISH gift card
  • BEST Spas

The best* way to spend your 100,000 Membership Rewards is up to you. However, we hope you found this guide helpful in showing you how far your points can take you. For more tips, check out our Membership Rewards guide and our article on the best* ways to spend your Membership Rewards.

Compare American Express Membership Rewards credit cards

Rates last updated February 24th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
American Express Essential Credit Card
1
0% p.a. for 12 months with 3% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Get Smartphone Screen Insurance of up to $500 when you pay for your phone or contract with this card. Plus, a $0 annual fee for life.
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
50,000 bonus points
1
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$195 p.a.
Receive a bonus 50,000 Membership Rewards points, a yearly $200 Travel Credit and complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points
1
$1,200 p.a.
Receive an annual $300 Platinum Travel Credit, 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points and access to more than 1,100 VIP lounges.
David Jones American Express
20,000 bonus points
1
$99 p.a.
Receive 20,000 bonus points, David Jones benefits including complimentary standard delivery, gift wrapping and invites to exclusive fashion events.
American Express Gold Business Card
10,000 bonus points
1
$169 p.a.
Take advantage of 10,000 bonus points, no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds to MYOB and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
American Express Platinum Business Card
150,000 bonus points
1
$1,500 p.a.
Enjoy 150,000 bonus points, a platinum business concierge, complimentary Virgin Lounge access, worldwide travel insurance and hotel benefits.
American Express Business Explorer Credit Card
100,000 bonus points
2
$395 p.a.
Earn 100,000 bonus points when you meet the spend criteria. Plus, 2 yearly entries to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport.
David Jones American Express Platinum Card - Qantas Frequent Flyer
30,000 bonus points
0.75
$295 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary travel insurance when travel is booked on your card.

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Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is an editor at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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