40% Bonus On Amex Transfers To British Airways Avios (Last Chance)

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Since the beginning of August, Amex Membership Rewards has been offering an excellent transfer bonus. The bonus is only available through Tuesday, October 1, 2019, so I just wanted to post a reminder, given what a good deal this is.

40% Transfer Bonus From Amex To Avios

The US Amex Membership Rewards program is offering a 40% bonus when you transfer points to British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, or Aer Lingus AerClub by Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The fact that this promotion has been running for nearly two months is pretty awesome.

Points ordinarily transfer at a 1:1 ratio, so during this promotion they transfer at a 1:1.4 ratio. Since the bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, you can take advantage of this promotion multiple 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 around the same time last year, and that was also for 40%. So this seems to be offered only once per year at most.

Redeem Avios for travel in British Airways’ 787 first class

Basics Of Redeeming British Airways Avios

British Airways Executive Club has distance based award charts. Here’s the award chart for travel on British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus:

Zone // Flight DistanceEconomy
Off Peak // Peak
Premium Economy
Off Peak // Peak
Business
Off Peak // Peak
First
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

Then here’s British Airways’ award chart for travel on partner airlines, excluding Aer Lingus and Iberia:

Zone // Flight DistanceEconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
Zone 1
1-650 miles*
*Not available in North America
6,0009,00012,50024,000
Zone 2
651-1150 miles
9,00012,50016,50033,000
Zone 3
1151-2000 miles
11,00016,50022,00044,000
Zone 4
2001-3000 miles
13,00025,75038,75051,500
Zone 5
3001-4000 miles
20,75041,25062,00082,500
Zone 6
4001-5500 miles
25,75051,50077,250103,000
Zone 7
5501-6500 miles
31,00062,00092,750123,750
Zone 8
6501-7000 miles
36,25072,250108,250144,250
Zone 9
7001+ miles
51,500103,000154,500206,000

The basic things to be aware of include the following:

  • For the British Airways award chart, peak and off-peak pricing varies based on the day you’re flying
  • 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

Redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus can be a great value

For more information:

Avios Transfer Bonus Bottom Line

This is an exceptional transfer bonus that many people should get value out of. While the promotion is available for a total of two months, at this point you have just a couple of days left to take advantage of it.

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

Have you taken advantage of the 40% bonus on points transfers from Amex to Avios, or do you plan on doing so in the next couple of days?

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Comments
  1. Heck yeah. I have had good luck with BA as of late. Only European “first class” cabin to Seattle.

    I am doing the majority of my transfers with bonuses now, I think it makes sense to do a bit of speculative transfers to good programs, if you are confident you can burn them in under a year.

  2. Living in Tampa and having family in Chicago, we regularly use Avios to fly TPA-ORD on AA. I transferred 100k MR points last year during this bonus and will likely do it again this year. It is a great way to fly AA short-haul.

  3. Does this include the language where the bonus might disappear if you leave the page and come back at a later time?

  4. Looking to fly TATL upfront? Don’t waste a transfer with Aer Lingus. Very, very poor availability…at least to/fro NYC.

  5. 1) Do you think it makes sense to speculatively transfer points in this scenario? I have had great luck doing this in the past when it comes to BA

    2) This is why I like collecting MR and continue to value the AMEX Gold + Schwab Platinum duo (who cares about the airline credits) – consistently attractive transfer bonuses, and you can always cash out via the Schwab Amex Platinum at 1.25 cents.

  6. Ugh, I’ve been waiting for this for several months and finally bit the bullet and transferred last night 10pm. Hopefully I don’t get run over by a bus later today.

  7. In the past I have seen Aer Lingus award space on Alaska, then looked for same date on BA and nor seen it. In fact after a lot of searching on BA I dont think I have ever seen Aer Lingus space.

    Am I missing something?

  8. @khatl

    Yes, likewise on Virgin when I transferred some points the other day.

    Something to be aware of as they don’t state what happens to your points if you go over. Does the whole transfer fail or does it hard limit at 999,999 and the rest stay in your Amex account?

  9. error in partner award chart.

    Zone 1
    1-650 miles
    outside North America
    6000 Y

    Zone 1
    1-650 miles
    within North America
    7500 Y

  10. No wonder they keep having to increase ex-US surcharges the way they keep posting massive bonuses on top of already ludicrously generous sign up bonuses and earnings rates. They need to stop this stupid inflationary pressure.

  11. Word of warning on this –

    I transferred points over and the bonus didn’t points didn’t transfer (even though it should have according to the calculator and a later, smaller subsequent points transfer did apply the bonus correctly.) It’s been a month now and AmEx nor BA knows what to do.

    While both acknowledge the incorrect number of points transferred, AmEx says it’s BA’s problem and they can’t help me because they can’t see my BA account. BA says it’s Amex’s problem and they can’t help me because they can’t see my Amex account.

  12. A few weeks ago I transferred points over to Avios for an anticipated flight in April. Worked seamlessly and instantaneous.

  13. @Alpha, that’s not fun, sorry to hear that. Can you share how many points you transferred each time? Wondering if i should make multiple smaller transfers just in case. Thanks.

  14. Can you transfer to BA Avios, get the bonus and then move those to Iberia Avios later if their award chart is more favorable for your booking? Thank you.

  15. @Michelle, I transferred 40,000 points, which should’ve converted to ~56,000 avios, but only 40,000 showed up.

    That said, I did a smaller one of 8,000 points with no issue.

    From what the phone agents have told me I’m not the only person with this issue and AmEx’s MR department is overburdened with requests. They haven’t been able to get through to BA because BA’s overburdened with the strikes.

  16. @Alpha
    Thanks for the heads up. A week ago I had no problem transferring about 20,000 on two separate transactions. Today, I was thinking about transferring more, but I rather be safe than sorry. And besides that AMEX CS service has gone down hill. Don’t want to even talk to them!

  17. I thought awards redeemed with Iberia Avios were NOT per segment and used a slightly different award chart… when did this change?

  18. Last week I couldn’t see any AA transatlantic space on the BA website but it seems to be resolved now. Bcn to Ord 20k +$150 not bad

  19. I transferred last night to Iberia Plus. Any updates on how long their transfers take? @Lucky – your official chart says much shorter than most people are suggesting. Any updates/data points?

  20. I just transferred 150k MR to BA in a single transaction, and the 210k Avios posted instantaneously. So the problems reported above either must have been fixed or are special unfortunate cases (perhaps related to multiple transfers).

  21. No… Iberia Plus has never posted instantly. BA and Aer Club have. IB has usually taken 24-48h, but many are reporting longer now. Any reports?

  22. There was also an offer to transfer to Iberia Plus avios program on my Amex. And you can also convert BA Avios to Iberia Avios 1:1. Saved me $400/ticket in fees for my trip to Portugal next year!

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