Using Membership Rewards® from American Express, my family can experience a whole lot of things that might have otherwise been out of reach.
This post sponsored by American Express Membership Rewards.
We’re not a ‘stuff’ kind of family. Sure, we tweak our wardrobe seasonally, refresh our home décor occasionally, and pick up a new toy here and there for the kids, but what we prefer to accumulate most are experiences and memories. And because of the way we do it with flights for a family of four, rental cars, hotels, dining out, and admission into stadiums, theme parks & national parks, those experiences and memories don’t often come cheap! Enter Membership Rewards from American Express. Over the years, Membership Rewards has given us the opportunity to have fun without breaking the bank while on vacation. Here are some of our favorite ways to use points for family adventures.
The best two amusement parks in the country got even better this summer when the new Diagon Alley portion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened and the Hogwarts Express train starting transporting young wizards and muggles between London’s Kings Cross Station and Hogsmeade. For non-Harry Potter fans (should that actually be a demographic,) there’s still plenty on offer at Universal Orlando, including the breath-taking new Transformers 3D ride experience, The Hulk’s extreme coaster, a Simpsons ride through Krustyland, Dr. Seuss’ delightful land for little kids, and so much more. Use your Amex Rewards to score a 2-day, 2-park ticket and have the time of your life at Universal Orlando.
LEGOLAND California is the living embodiment of modern childhood, with yellow characters around every turn, a terrific blend of rides both thrilling and relaxing, and more LEGO sets and merchandise than you’ve ever seen in one place. A day at LEGOLAND will build memories brick by brick.
Not counting Times Square and those, um, alternate versions of Elmo, there is no other place on Earth where your kids can hug their favorite Sesame Street characters like Abby Cadabby and Elmo, high-five Ernie, and practice their scowl with Oscar the Grouch, while also riding an impressive new lineup of rides and getting drenched in The Count’s two – two massive waterpark areas, a-a-ah! Parking isn’t cheap on “The Street,” but when you use your Amex Rewards to acquire your admission tickets, you won’t mind paying $17 for your car to get in.
Not all shared experiences happen far away from home! For over a half century, going out to the picture show has been a favorite for families looking for an escape from everyday life. There will be a handful of epic family movies released this fall and winter, so you know you and your family will be spending plenty of time in front of the big screen watching Big Hero 6, The Box Trolls, Night At The Museum 3, and the final installments of The Hobbit and Hunger Games trilogies. Get your tickets with Amex Rewards and have plenty of money left over for a giant tub of buttery popcorn.
With unique concept dining spots in Chicago, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, and the District of Columbia, there’s bound to be a restaurant your family will love in a destination you’ll be visiting soon. My girls and I had a terrific daddy daughter night out on the town last fall at Beatrix, one of Lettuce Entertain You’s premiere Chicago restaurants. The inventive yet accessible vegetarian options made my oldest girl happy and the relaxing loveseat-style seating arrangement meant I could find comfort after a long day of walking the Windy City streets and my girls could fall asleep on me while I finished off their desserts.
Whether you prefer to rent from Avis, Enterprise, or Hertz, with Membership Rewards, the points will be put to good use when you redeem them for gift cards to help offset or completely cover the cost of your ride while on your next family vacation.
We rely on Membership Rewards points to get us into cars, out to restaurants, and through the gates of some amazing places while on our adventures, because families like us who like to travel together know that maximizing opportunities is key to having terrific experiences, making long-lasting memories and keeping costs down while out on the road. Plus, think of all the extra souvenirs you’ll be able to buy when Membership Rewards pays for some or all of your big-ticket family travel expenses!
Tell us your stories! How do you use Membership Rewards for your family? What is the favorite thing you have done?
I was selected by American Express to help educate consumers about how to use Membership Rewards points. As such I was paid for my services, but all items selected and opinions about the Membership Rewards are my own.
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