Huge Amex Membership Rewards Avios Transfer Bonus Returns!

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Amex Membership Rewards Avios Transfer Bonus

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.

The Offer

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.)

Amex Membership Rewards Avios Transfer Bonus

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.

Conclusion

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!


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17 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, this is great. I needed to transfer over some MR to Avios to make some bookings that open up in a few weeks and this is going to make it even cheaper. Thanks for heads up!

  2. @ Shawn — This is not a great deal, but a mediocre one. The 40% bonus boosts the value to about 1.7c/MR point, which is about the average value, not some out-sized value.

    • Gene: Not sure where the “about 1.7c/MR” valuation comes from, but I’ve consistently gotten valuations significantly greater than that doing Avios redemptions for domestic nonstops on AA metal.

  3. This is great! Especially for last minute flights (if you can find availability) as the fuel charges are only ~$5 each way with the generous cancellation policy. In addition, if you fly into small airports (such as EGE), this can be incredible value!

  4. I’m a rookie to the miles and points game. Can anyone tell me if BA, AL, or Iberia points can be used for United flights? I’m planning a trip and have a travel voucher that isn’t coming remotely close to covering the cost. I was hoping that I could use my MR to cover the balance.

    If BA,AL,and Iberia dont work with United, are there any other airlines I could use my MR that can be used for United flights? TIA!!!

    • You can transfer your points to 3 other Star Alliance airlines:
      Singapore Airlines
      ANA
      Air Canada
      Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer seems to be the best option for you.

  5. @Jo: If you’re using a travel voucher to book the trip on united.com, then you can’t use points to cover the rest, because that’s not how this stuff works. You can’t even use United miles to cover the rest.
    You can definitely transfer MR points to ANA and also Aeroplan (Air Canada’s program), to book UA flights (with ANA they have to be round trip, on Aeroplan one-ways are possible – both are excellent programs giving you access to star alliance flights). However, in that case you can’t use your voucher on the same trip.

  6. Thank you AlexL and gus. Though this isn’t exactly what I wanted to hear (the bad news that I can’t use my MR to cover the rest of the costs), this is wonderful and very helpful info for me to use in the future.

    @AlexL why does Singapore airlines KrisFlyer seem to be the best option for me? What makes this different than the other options?

  7. I have found Avios points to be absolutely worthless. I have 200000 and have never been able to use them for a free flight from the US to London even when trying to book 4 months in advance.

    • London is a bad use for BA miles with the fees etc. The best way to use them is flying American Airlines metal.

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