One of the most useful transfer partners of American Express Membership Rewards is British Airways Executive Club.
40% Amex to BA transfer bonus
Through January 31, 2015, Amex Membership Rewards is offering a 40% transfer bonus to British Airways Executive Club.
The bonus is hard-coded into the transfer ratio at a rate of 1,400 Avios per 1,000 Membership Rewards points, meaning you can earn the bonus an unlimited number of times. There’s no registration required.
I know a lot of people have been waiting for this promotion, given how few transfer bonuses we’ve seen from Membership Rewards’ better transfer partners lately. Back in the day they were common, while this is the only transfer bonus we’ve seen from Amex to British Airways all year.
To put this into context, the last transfer bonuses from Amex to BA were as follows:
Why BA Avios are awesome
British Airways Executive Club is somewhat of an unconventional program, given that they have a distance based award chart. They charge you based on the distance you fly on a per segment basis (in other words, you’re charged individually for each segment, as opposed to for the cumulative cost of flying between your origin and destination).
Their distance based chart looks as follows:
|Distance in Air Miles||Avios Cost in Economy||Avios Cost in Business||Avios Cost in First|
This makes Avios exceedingly valuable for short distance flights, which are often disproportionately expensive. Being able to redeem 4,500 Avios for any flight under 650 miles is a great value, especially since you can redeem for travel on Alaska, American, and US Airways, just to name a few.
British Airways Executive Club does impose fuel surcharges for travel on some partner airlines. Generally it’s easier to list the airlines on which they have no/low fuel surcharges, which include:
- Aer Lingus flights: all flights have low fuel surcharges
- airberlin: all flights
- Alaska Airlines: all flights
- American Airlines and US Airways: flights within North America and to South America
- Japan Airlines: domestic flights
- LAN: all flights
Redeem just 25,000 Avios for Aer Lingus business class between Boston and Dublin
I would speculatively transfer points
I don’t often say this because I tend to think a lot of the value from transferable points currencies comes from the flexibility they provide. That being said, this is the first transfer bonus we’ve seen all year, and the biggest we’ve seen in roughly two years.
Personally I’ll speculatively be transferring some points to British Airways with this offer, as I find Avios to be one of the most practical points currencies.
Other ways to earn Avios
One other great thing about the BA Avios program is that they partner with the a lot of the “major” transferable points currencies. That makes Avios extremely easy to come by for the purposes of topping off accounts. But rarely do we see transfer bonuses, which makes transferring them from Membership Rewards especially tempting.
As a reminder, here are the cards you can use to earn these points.
This is exciting, and I suspect many of you will jump on the opportunity to convert Membership Rewards points into Avios… as you should!
Will you be converting Amex points into Avios with this promotion?