How to Book Easyjet Flights with Amex Points
One of the questions I get asked the most is whether there are any points hacks for Easyjet flights.
Up until about 18 months ago, it was possible to use Nectar points to book Easyjet flights via Expedia. This wasn’t a bad option, offering the possibility to get the same value as you would if you exchanged Nectar points for groceries. The Nectar Expedia partnership ended in December 2018, however there is still one Easyjet points option available…
Can you redeem American Express points for Easyjet flights?
The simple answer is yes – but, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea! You will get very poor value for your Amex points on this one.
How do you do it?
You can use your American Express Membership Rewards points to book Easyjet flights, via Emirates Skywards. See our other posts if you’re new to this and you’re wondering how Amex points work and what they are.
There are four simple steps to redeeming American Express Membership Reward points for Easyjet flights:
1) Set up an Emirates Skywards account (if you don’t already have one!)
2) Use your Emirates account number to link your Emirates Skywards account to your American Express points account (under ‘Travel’ in the Rewards section).
3) Transfer your points at 1:1 from Amex to Emirates Skywards
4) Log into your Emirates Skywards account and book your flight via the partner airline booking page.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely not. Whilst you can transfer your points to Emirates and use them to book an Easyjet flight, including taxes, the value per point is very poor. Generally you can expect to get somewhere between 0.25p and 0.3p per point – as shown in the example below where the return flight is £80 or nearly 28,000 points (about 0.29p per point).
Alternatively you can achieve up to 4x that value (1p per point) with other options, most notably by using Avios points to book reward saver flights with BA or by transferring to Radisson for hotel bookings, which means this is a pretty weak redemption. Furthermore, when you consider that you could even take a statement credit or gift voucher at 0.45p per point this means that it will never be a sensible option.
Is there a better option to use your points with Easyjet?
If you’re absolutely intent on using your points to book a flight with Easyjet, then there’s a slightly more sensible way to do it (which gets better, but still not great, value per point).
Simply book your flights directly with Easyjet and pay using your Membership Rewards American Express card. Once the transaction appears on your statement, use the ‘pay with points’ option and credit your points against the transaction at 0.45p per point.
As an example, the Amex Gold Card 10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points bonus would, at best, get you a £30 Easyjet flight via Emirates. As a statement credit it would pay for a £45 flight.
Either way it’s not really a brilliant use of your valuable points.
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