Amex Membership Rewards Avios Transfer Bonus
Back in 2015 American Express made a change to their partnership with British Airways & Iberia and lowered their transfer ratio from 1:1 to 250:200. Thankfully last year they reversed course and reinstated 1:1 transfers. Now, we have the return of their awesome transfer bonus to these programs. Let’s take a look.
Special Offer: Get 40% more Avios when you transfer Membership Rewards points through 11/15/18. This bonus applies to transfers to British Airways, Iberia and/or Aer Lingus. (USA Membership Rewards accounts only.)
What This Means
As part of this limited time promotion, every 1,000 Membership Rewards transferred will net you 1,400 Avios. The promotion should show on your Membership Rewards account when you go to the “Transfer Points” screen.
Note that British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus all have their own separate programs so you’ll need to choose which one to transfer to. All three programs currently have the 40% bonus.
Amex Membership Rewards Avios Transfer Bonus – Analysis
The best transfer bonus happened a few years ago when they offered 50% more giving a 1:1.5 ratio. With that said, this is a pretty amazing offer and one I plan to take advantage of to pad my Avios account balance.
Avios are quite useful for shorter flights. Flights under 650 miles are only 4,500 Avios one-way in most of the world and 7,500 one-way in North America. Even some longer routes make a good amount of sense to book with Avios (on routes with no full surcharges), especially considering the nice 40% bonus.
This Amex Membership Rewards Avios Transfer Bonus usually surfaces at least once a year. I always use it as a tool to ensure my Avios balance stays healthy while ensuring that I am extracting the maximum value out of my Membership Rewards. Happy Xfering!
Are you planning to transfer your Amex Membership Rewards points to one of these airlines? Share your plans in the comments!