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American Express Rewarding Membership Points for Volunteering

It seems like all the credit card related news lately has been really negative, as card companies react to the CARD Act [3], but today I wanted to mention a positive credit card story. I read it first on the New York Times Bucks blog [4] over a week ago but American Express is now rewarding cardholders, in their Membership Rewards program [5], who volunteer. You get 500 reward points for every hour of volunteering up to 10,000 points a year. As long as the project is listed in the VolunteerMatch.org [6] database, it’s eligible.

I think it’s pretty awesome that American Express is doing this and while there are a few hoops to jump through, I suspect to prevent fraud, it’s certainly a nice little enticement for those on the fence about volunteering and a nice perk for those who already do. Some have complained the list is a bit narrow but I believe that they’re probably directing hours to the groups that need it most. You can read the press release here [7].

I think volunteering and helping others is its own reward but getting 10,000 points in the process certainly doesn’t hurt. To get the rewards you’ll need to have an American Express card in the Membership rewards program, such as Blue from American Express [8] and American Express ® Gold Card [9].

(Photo: thetruthabout [10])