Amex Membership Rewards Points Transfer Rules for Authorized Users
American Express is making some changes to its Membership Rewards program. This change went into effect today and it has to do with transferring points to authorized users. Here’s the wording from American Express:
We are changing the Membership Rewards Terms and Conditions to provide that an Additional Card must be issued to an Additional Card Member at least 90 days prior to linking your Membership Rewards program account to that Additional Card Member’s frequent customer program account.
The changes kick in today, September 1st, 2019. Until now you could transfer Membership Rewards points to an authorized user’s frequent customer program account, no matter how long ago that person was added to the Amex account. But now you need to wait 90 days before you can transfer points.
The change might be inconvenient for some people that might want to transfer points to family members, when they don’t have them added as authorized users. But the main reason for this change it to prevent people from buying and selling Membership Rewards points.
Let me know what you think of this change.