Go Back   FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs > American Express | Membership Rewards
Sign in using an external account

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Aug 13, 07, 3:48 pm   #1
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: SFO/SEA
Programs: Amex Biz Cent, JPMC Palladium, SPG/Hyatt Plat, Marriott Silver, Hertz PC, Avis Chairmans Circle
Posts: 3,119
AMEX bonus points mall

Has the point mall always been triple points or is that a new change? I didn't see anything about it (at least as far as I can remember). Last I recall it was 2x points.
brosnan6 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 13, 07, 4:10 pm   #2
mia
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Moderator: American Express, Citi, Diners Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Miami & London
Programs: AA 2MM Perpetual Platinum; HH & SPG Gold
Posts: 20,686
Some discussion in this thread from June...

http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=7936964

It's one of the distinctions between Membership Rewards and Membership Rewards First. Only Platinum and Centurion qualify, but of course it isn't really "triple" points, it's two additional points per dollar.
mia is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 13, 07, 4:49 pm   #3
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: SFO/SEA
Programs: Amex Biz Cent, JPMC Palladium, SPG/Hyatt Plat, Marriott Silver, Hertz PC, Avis Chairmans Circle
Posts: 3,119
Quote:
Originally Posted by mia View Post
Some discussion in this thread from June...

http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=7936964

It's one of the distinctions between Membership Rewards and Membership Rewards First. Only Platinum and Centurion qualify, but of course it isn't really "triple" points, it's two additional points per dollar.
Gotcha. I knew I could count on you mia! Amex spins it on the website as triple points...sneaky bas***ds
brosnan6 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 6:06 am   #4
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Los Angeles, North Mexico 90034
Programs: Marriott PP, SPG Gold, AmEx Plat, National EE, WN/FL A(L)+
Posts: 1,888
Am I missing something? What's the technical difference between "Triple Points" and "Two additional points per dollar"?!
__________________
I'm finally done commuting to work!
kennycrudup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 8:04 am   #5
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Programs: CO Gold; SPG Gold***; AvisFirst;
Posts: 3,971
Quote:
Originally Posted by kennycrudup View Post
Am I missing something? What's the technical difference between "Triple Points" and "Two additional points per dollar"?!
Bonus Point Mall gives 3 MR points per dollar in addition to the normal 1MR/$ charged to your card.
mbreuer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 8:20 am   #6
mia
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Moderator: American Express, Citi, Diners Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Miami & London
Programs: AA 2MM Perpetual Platinum; HH & SPG Gold
Posts: 20,686
The difference is important in comparing to other online shopping portals. For example, if you order from Barnes and Noble at:

http://bonuspointsmall.com using Platinum or Centurion card you will earn 1+2=3 points per dollar, one point for the financial transaction plus two points for using the site.

http://advantageshopping.com using any rewards card you will earn at least 1+3=4 per dollar, at least one point from the card issuer for the financial transaction plus three AAdvantage miles for using their portal.

http://thankyoumerchants.com using any rewards card you will earn at least 1+3=4 per dollar, at least one point from the card issuer for the financial transaction plus three Thank You points for using their portal.

I think the American Express terminology is misleading because they are including the base point earned for the financial transaction, while other sites advertise only to the points earned for using their site because they allow you to use any card to pay.
mia is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 9:22 am   #7
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Programs: CO Gold; SPG Gold***; AvisFirst;
Posts: 3,971
Quote:
Originally Posted by mia View Post
The difference is important in comparing to other online shopping portals. For example, if you order from Barnes and Noble at:

http://bonuspointsmall.com using Platinum or Centurion card you will earn 1+2=3 points per dollar, one point for the financial transaction plus two points for using the site.

http://advantageshopping.com using any rewards card you will earn at least 1+3=4 per dollar, at least one point from the card issuer for the financial transaction plus three AAdvantage miles for using their portal.

http://thankyoumerchants.com using any rewards card you will earn at least 1+3=4 per dollar, at least one point from the card issuer for the financial transaction plus three Thank You points for using their portal.

I think the American Express terminology is misleading because they are including the base point earned for the financial transaction, while other sites advertise only to the points earned for using their site because they allow you to use any card to pay.
I was also confused. I've called twice and been told both times that the 3x points are in addition to the base points earned for purchase. I do not have that in writing and can't find anything on the site which provides clarification. As I've had no bonus points post yet I can't be sure. It'd be really nice if they'd report points earned on the statement next to the qualifying purchase.
mbreuer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 9:42 am   #8
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: SFO/SEA
Programs: Amex Biz Cent, JPMC Palladium, SPG/Hyatt Plat, Marriott Silver, Hertz PC, Avis Chairmans Circle
Posts: 3,119
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbreuer View Post
As I've had no bonus points post yet I can't be sure. It'd be really nice if they'd report points earned on the statement next to the qualifying purchase.
That would be too easy Surely you know a CC company's job is to make every aspect of rewards programs difficult.
brosnan6 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 9:47 am   #9
mia
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Moderator: American Express, Citi, Diners Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Miami & London
Programs: AA 2MM Perpetual Platinum; HH & SPG Gold
Posts: 20,686
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbreuer View Post
...called twice and been told both times that the 3x points are in addition to the base points earned for purchase..
I think I asked customer service about this when the Bonus Points Mall was first announced last Autumn, but the emails scroll off the system. I have asked the question again today, and will report when they answer. I hope you are correct and that I am wrong because the program would then have some merit.
mia is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 9:55 am   #10
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Programs: CO Gold; SPG Gold***; AvisFirst;
Posts: 3,971
Quote:
Originally Posted by mia View Post
I think I asked customer service about this when the Bonus Points Mall was first announced last Autumn, but the emails scroll off the system. I have asked the question again today, and will report when they answer. I hope you are correct and that I am wrong because the program would then have some merit.
Let us know what they say!
mbreuer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 11:12 am   #11
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 219
I asked this question in writing and was told that you get 2 additional points per $1 spent for a total of 3 points.
Dreps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 14, 07, 4:15 pm   #12
mia
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Moderator: American Express, Citi, Diners Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Miami & London
Programs: AA 2MM Perpetual Platinum; HH & SPG Gold
Posts: 20,686
I no longer have a Platinum card and asked using a Gold card account. This means the reply is based on the Double Points version rather than the Triple Points version, but I think answer will be the same.

Q.If I make a purchase through bonuspointsmall.com do I receive a total of two points per dollar (one point for the financial transaction plus one point for using the portal), or do I receive a total of three points per dollar (one point for the financial transaction plus two points for using the portal)?

A. Be aware that the double points offer represents one additional point; along with your standard Membership Rewards points, this additional point will provide you with double points....Please note that taxes do not qualify for bonus points, nor does shipping and handling.

Last edited by mia; Aug 16, 07 at 8:55 am.
mia is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 16, 07, 4:42 am   #13
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 219
I have used bonus points mall for a number of purchases and one thing that bothers me (and I think I will send an e-mail to AMX) is that as far as I have been able to determine, there is nothing you can print out once you make a purchase that shows that it was done through the bonus points mall. Although I think that I have been properly credited, this could be an issue if the bonus points were ever disputed. Does anyone have a solution to this?
Dreps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 16, 07, 8:55 am   #14
mia
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Moderator: American Express, Citi, Diners Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Miami & London
Programs: AA 2MM Perpetual Platinum; HH & SPG Gold
Posts: 20,686
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreps View Post
there is nothing you can print out once you make a purchase that shows that it was done through the bonus points mall.
This is true of most, if not all, online shopping portals. After you login to the portal and click a link to connect to a merchant website look at the URL displayed in your browser address bar, and you will typically see a string of characters that identifies the portal who "referred" the customer to the merchant, and the customer, similar to this...

"http://www.target.com/gp/homepage.html/123-7654321-1234567?&AFID=Performics_DBG%20-%20American%20Express%20Bonus%20Points%20Mall&LNM= 0123|Performics|Logo|Banner|31x88|20070122|2012050 1|&ref=tgt_adv_xasd0123"

...but other times you will see only a short string, and the details must be stored in a cookie.
mia is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 16, 07, 9:30 am   #15
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 219
I wasn't complaining about the bonus points mall in particular. I am sure you are correct, as I have bought from both Delta Skymiles shopping and Continental Onepass shopping, and I don't remember anything different. I was just suggesting that it would be useful if something on the final invoice page indicated the portal that was used. Is that so difficult to achieve?
Dreps is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 9:36 am.