American Express launches new rewards card in South Africa

American Express South Africa is launching a new membership rewards card – offering its Green, Gold, Platinum and Centurion Cardmembers choice on how they utilise their points,

American Express said cardmembers can use their points in new ways – with the options to use the membership rewards card to pay with points at any American Express-accepting merchant around the world, with points converted to the local currency at the point of sale, or even withdraw as cash at any ATM, as the card immediately turns membership rewards points into a rand-based balance.

Chris Wood, executive Card Issuing and Payments at Nedbank including American Express, said that the membership rewards card adds to the already extensive range of valuable benefits that American Express provides to its personal, business, and corporate Cardmembers.

These include access to exclusive offers, discounts, and travel upgrades, to local seasonal benefits, and offers from an array of dining, retail and online partners.

“The addition of this Membership Rewards Card now allows Cardmembers to easily spend their rewards points locally or globally, or to literally put cash in their pockets – and the best part is that the points never expire,” he said.

“Most rewards programmes require members to redeem their points for a limited selection of goods from approved programme partners, but the American Express Membership Rewards Card does away with these limitations and instead of restricting cardmembers in terms of their rewards points spend, it encourages them to spend their points at all global retailers that accept American Express Cards or withdraw as cash,” he said.

Wood said that the new American Express Membership Rewards Card is not limited to inside the borders of South Africa.

“Card members can pay with their points for local and international travel bookings, lifestyle experiences, fuel, and even overseas shopping and cash withdrawals, once we are all able to travel overseas again,” Wood said.

A complimentary American Express Membership Rewards Card is available to existing American Express individual, business and corporate cardmembers who are already part of the programme and any points they have accumulated through membership of their current membership rewards programme will transfer to their membership rewards card.

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American Express launches new rewards card in South Africa