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Unexpected Membership Reward Points

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Written by Dustin

It is always great to see your points post to your account. It is even better when you see points you weren’t expecting!

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I didn’t think it was possible. I hope it wasn’t a mistake. When I logged onto my American Express account today, I saw my point total had increased. I wasn’t expecting any points, since my statements weren’t closing anytime soon. Once I dug deeper, I saw some unexpected posting of points, that I never thought I’d see!

Unexpected Membership Reward Points

Over the last few months I feel  I have spoken about American Express quite a bit. I will try to tone that down a bit, but today I must give praise to American Express. In all fairness, you have to give credit where credit is due, right?

After writing about updates I’d like to see changed in 2017, I had hoped for some sort of changes from American Express.  Now, I HIGHLY doubt they read anything I wrote, but I can wish :-).

Fast forward to this evening, where I was looking to see if I  had any targeted Amex Offers on my American Express accounts. I noticed my points had increased about 1,200 points. I wasn’t expecting any points to post, since my statement dates weren’t closing anytime soon.

We all know about the crazy lag time American Express has on posting of their points. I decided to click on my point summary to see what had occurred.

When I clicked I received an unexpected surprise!

Membership Reward Points

Last week, I told you how I might have gotten a little crazy with opening American Express cards. One of those cards was the American Express Blue for Business card.

The card gives me 10x points on restaurants for the next 6 months, and 2x on all purchases up to $50,000 for the first year. I had figured these would post with my other points in about 2 months. I was wrong!

Much to my surprise, American Express is posting my bonus categories as my transactions post! This is a great change for Membership Rewards! I hope this starts a trend for other Membership Reward points to post sooner as well

Now I am sure the other points will post with the normal one month lag time, but I think this is a move in the right direction for American Express.


This is a small victory in Membership Rewards posting sooner than expected. Although these points came from only my bonus categories on my American Express Blue for Business, I am hoping this expands to other cards. It is great to see my point total increase with these bonus categories as the transactions post.

Have you seen your points post sooner than expected? Could this be the start of positive changes for Membership Rewards?

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About the author


After completing 6 years of pharmacy school, I finally had the time to travel. I started investigating ways to travel for less and when I redeemed my first award flight for my honeymoon, I knew I was hooked! Fast forward a couple of years and places I had never dreamed of visiting like Budapest, Honolulu, Bermuda and many other places where all within my reach, and for little to no money out of my pocket. Now, I have collected well over a million points and miles, and try to help people travel for less on their wallet.


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