People collect points and miles for different reasons. Everyone needs to have some goal in mind, even if it’s a vague one. I’d wager that, “I want to redeem my Membership Rewards to buy things on Amazon.com.” isn’t the goal most people have.
American Express would like you to use your points to buy things on Amazon and makes it really easy for you to do so. That’s because, in terms of value, it’s a terrible deal.
About a year ago, we wrote about how Amazon will automatically enroll eligible cards that earn Membership Rewards points into their Pay With Points program. I’m sad to report that Amazon and AMEX are still doing this. I added an AMEX card to our account to take advantage of an AMEX offer and shortly thereafter received this email:
We noticed that you’ve recently made a purchase using credit card ending **** on your Amazon account! If your card is from a participating program, you could be eligible to use your rewards to shop for millions of items at Amazon.
Best of all, there’s nothing you need to do to get started! Amazon will check with your credit card issuer to see if your card is eligible for Amazon Shop with Points. If it is, we’ll automatically enroll your card in the program and send you a confirmation email to let you know.
For a full list of participating programs, visit Amazon.com/shopwithpoints. Or if you’d like to check if your card is eligible and immediately start using your rewards to shop at Amazon, you can use the same link to manually enroll in Shop with Points.
If you would prefer not to be automatically enrolled in Shop with Points, let us know by visiting the Shop with Points preference page.
If you have an American Express card on your Amazon account, I’d strongly recommend that you check your account and make sure that it’s not set to use points for purchases automatically. In addition, I’ve un-enrolled all of our AMEX cards from Pay with Points.
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