American Express Brings Membership Rewards Program To McDonald’s

AmexMcDAmerican Express and McDonald’s announced that Membership Rewards program members will have the ability to use their points to purchase food and beverages at the chain’s restaurants. The new offering is expected to be rolled out in 14,000 participating McDonald’s locations nationwide by December 2014.

The American Express Membership Rewards program enables Card Members to earn one point for virtually every dollar charged on eligible, enrolled American Express Cards. With the McDonald’s partnership, American Express also will donate $1 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) every time an American Express card member uses points for their McDonald’s orders. To use points at participating restaurants, members must:

  • Pay with an eligible American Express card at the counter;
  • Click the option to use points on the payment screen; and
  • Press the green “Yes” button to use points for the order.
After using their points, customers will receive an on-screen confirmation.

Card Members can use points at a McDonald’s drive-thru using the American Express Mobile app after paying with an eligible American Express Card.


“We’re constantly looking for ways to make life easier for our customers, including multiple payment options,” said Kevin Newell, EVP and Chief Brand and Strategy Officer at McDonald’s USA. “American Express has been on the cutting edge of commerce innovation, complementing our mission to add more value to our customers’ overall restaurant experience. In addition, American Express’ commitment to donate to RMHC makes using Membership Rewards points at McDonald’s even more rewarding.”

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