Last Day: 40% Bonus On Amex Transfers To Avios

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This is just a reminder that today is the last day that you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus with a 40% bonus.

See the below post for more details, or check out my post from a few days ago about my thought process on speculatively transferring points with this bonus if you don’t have an immediate use in mind. I know I’ll be transferring some points over today.

This is super exciting. The US Amex Membership Rewards program is offering a 40% bonus when you transfer points to British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus by November 15, 2018. It’s pretty awesome that this promotion is valid for a full two months.

Points ordinarily transfer at a 1:1 ratio, so during this promotion they’ll transfer at a 1:1.4 ratio. Since the bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, you can take advantage of this promotion an unlimited number of times.

Earn Amex Membership Rewards points with the following cards:

The last time we saw a transfer bonus from Amex Membership Rewards to British Airways Executive Club was last summer, so this isn’t a promotion that comes along often.

British Airways and Iberia both have distance based award charts. In the case of British Airways, the cost of an award is based on the distance of each individual segment you fly. Here’s the chart:

Zone // Flight DistanceEconomy
Off Peak // Peak
Premium Economy
Off Peak // Peak
Off Peak // Peak
Off Peak // Peak
Zone 1
1-650 miles*
*Not available in North America
4,000 // 4,5005,750 // 6,7507,750 // 9,00015,500 // 18,000
Zone 2
651-1150 miles
6,500 // 7,5009,500 // 11,25012,750 // 15,00025,500 // 30,000
Zone 3
1151-2000 miles
8,500 // 10,00012,750 // 15,00017,000 // 20,00034,000 // 40,000
Zone 4
2001-3000 miles
10,000 // 12,50020,000 // 25,00031,250 // 37,50042,500 // 50,000
Zone 5
3001-4000 miles
13,000 // 20,00026,000 // 40,00050,000 // 60,00068,000 // 80,000
Zone 6
4001-5500 miles
16,250 // 25,00032,500 // 50,00062,500 // 75,00085,000 // 100,000
Zone 7
5501-6500 miles
19,500 // 30,00039,000 // 60,00075,000 // 90,000102,000 // 120,000
Zone 8
6501-7000 miles
22,750 // 35,00045,500 // 70,00087,500 // 105,000119,000 // 140,000
Zone 9
7001+ miles
32,50 // 50,00065,000 // 100,000125,000 // 150,000170,000 // 200,000

The basic things to be aware of include the following:

  • All awards on partner airlines price at the peak levels
  • Variable (peak and off-peak) pricing only applies for travel on British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus, and you can find the calendar for that here
  • Pricing is per segment, so no matter what type of award you book, you’ll pay individually for each segment
  • Travel on British Airways and many partner airlines is subjected to carrier imposed surcharges, which is the frustration that many people have with the program

Here’s a post I wrote sharing some great ways to redeem British Airways Avios without paying big carrier imposed surcharges.

Redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus can be a great value

Bottom line

This is an exceptional transfer bonus that many people should get value out of. Best of all, it’s available for two months, so you have plenty of time to decide how many points you want to transfer over.

This can be a great value whether you’re looking for a domestic US ticket on Alaska or American, a transatlantic flight on Aer Lingus or Air Italy, a regional flight in Australia on Qantas or within Asia on Cathay Pacific, or any of a number of other great redemptions.

Redeem Avios for Cathay Pacific A350 business class

Do you plan on taking advantage of the 40% bonus on points transfers from Amex to British Airways or Iberia?

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  1. Does BA have fuel surcharges on JAL? Because I think 45K amex points (w/ 40% bonus) for JAL biz (61K for first) from US west coast to japan is a good price.

  2. @chub, the price from west coast to Japan is 75k for biz and 100k for first. Taxes on JAL are in the range of $150-200.

  3. MR to BA is no longer instant?
    Just transferred but after 5min the miles are still not showing up in my BA account
    I’ve transferred before thus I’m pretty sure I have my BA account number right

  4. If you use avis to book usa domestic travel , do you have to talk to BA employees on the phone?
    It took 35 minutes last week to get asssigned seats on a BA flight. I’m honestly not sure the time cost is worth the money saved if that is indicative of a typical customer service call to BA.

  5. @ Ben — This is not a Great Deal. It’s a mediocre one that makes transfers to Avios tolerable. Besides, we are still working our way through our BMI miles. 😉

  6. Another reason why it makes sense to collect MR over UR. Unless you are a Hyatt fanatic, MR really is the way to go for premium air travel.

    With award rates on most UR transfer partners being higher, the value proposition of MR becomes even more appealing.

  7. @Gene YMMV as does everyone else’s. Lots of great deals with the 40% bonus. NYC to most of the caribbean for just under 15k MR r/t on AA

  8. @lucky – this is awesome as I was getting ready to follow your lead and book an Air Italy award… BUT since I looked a week ago the surcharges have gone from ~$175 (I think what you paid), to now $205 in economy and $550 business. Any clue why this would be the case?

  9. @ jmw2323 — I agree, but using Ben’s valuation of 1.3 cpp for Avios, they convert to 1.82 cpp via this transfer. That IS better than Ben’s MR value of 1.7 cpp, but not a huge difference.

    If you use Gary’s valuations, you convert from 1.20 to 1.68 versus 1.80 cpp.

    Using Brian’s valuations, you convert from 1.50 to 2.10 versus 1.90 cpp.

    Using my valuations, you convert from 1.20 to 1.68 versus 1.70 cpp.

  10. Haha, like you guys have done some real massive data study to come up with such precise numbers. Even scientists have less confidence and more humility than bloggers about their precise measurements.

    The less educated you are the more confident you are about things you know nothing about. Which pretty much explains Republican politics.

  11. Holy crap! You guys already earn at a much higher rate, wish they’d show us some love this side of the Pond!

    PS Lucky the ‘save details’ still isn’t working properly on mobile, keep having to re-enter details on each article, other websites are working OK so not a browser issue.

  12. Sometimes BA website fail to show award availability on their partners. Not sure if it is intentional or glitch..

    @Debit, agree with your last comment wholeheartedly! Republican party believe in keeping their constituents ignorant (easier to incite passion/anger at the expense of reasoning and critical thinking – brainwashing by Hitler Hannity and Fox FAKE News anyone?)!

  13. @gene Just debit being debit. I think he’ll be better when he moves out of his parents basement and gets his meds straight. Bad case of TDS.

  14. i can’t justify any amex transfer to anything other than virgin atlantic anymore with roundtrip first on ANA to Asia. That transfer bonus to avios would have to be like 100% for it to be more valuable than that, lol.

  15. Man, been waiting a whole year to move points over. I rack up MR points like crazy thanks to my business.

    2.5m MR points –> 3.5m BA points is straight robbery.

  16. Sorry, no personal attacks here. I am just making general points. Not directed towards any one in particular here.

  17. ANyone talking crap about Avios clearly needs to educate themselves. Lots of sweet spots on partner airlines, even without the bonus. 40% is boss as is gets. I’ll be dumping 40K without even any redemptions in mind…

  18. @Lucky – I second a commenter here. Do you see a devaluation coming given the comments of the CEO? Moving to revenue based redemptions in 2019?

  19. @ Leo — Initial research suggests you might want to call. I think it’s maybe a website issue, but reps are swearing to me they still see the transfer bonus coded in on their end, so I’d try that in the interim if you need to do the transfer.

  20. My friend transferred 1k to test and he only got 1k back! So its back to 1:1…Surly they cant have pulled it aftr 2 weeks when it was set for 2 months?

  21. @ Phil — Every agent I’ve spoken with so far has been adamant that they still see the promo on their end. I’d suggest doing this over the phone with an agent until we can get to the bottom of it.

  22. Had a little over 400k MR without any planned use so I transferred over 57k MR, which gave me 79,800 Avios. These are great for AA domestic flights since I live by an AA hub and do lots of short flights. Hopefully no further devaluations (used to love those 4,500 Avios flights)

  23. @ Lucky – I had the Ameriprise AMEX Platinum and never got a sign on bonus (but the annual fee was waived the first year). Does this stop me from getting the Card Match normal AMEX Platinum with a 100K sign up bonus? Thanks!

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