By December, American Express Membership Rewards members in the U.S. will be able to use their points at the time of payment at all U.S. McDonald’s. When you swipe your American Express card on the PIN pad at a McDonald’s counter, you’ll have the option to use your Membership Rewards points to pay for your meal. If you use your AMEX card at a McDonald’s drive-thru, you may retroactively use points through the AMEX mobile app or on the AMEX website. One point equals one penny. During the launch of this new points option, each time a card member uses points for their McDonald’s order, American Express will make a $1 donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.