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Do you know how to check your AMEX account for transfer bonuses? AMEX often offers bonus miles or points when you transfer your AMEX Membership Rewards points to travel partners. That means your points can get you more Big Travel!
If you have a travel goal in mind, it’s easy and worthwhile to check if there are any bonuses available. Because you could pay fewer points for your award flight or hotel stay.
I’ll show you how to check for these limited-time bonuses. And give you tips about when to make the transfer!
American Express Transfer Bonus
AMEX sometimes offers a bonus when you transfer your AMEX Membership Rewards points to their airline or hotel partners. It’s worth checking if you can get an American Express transfer bonus because you’ll pay fewer miles or points for your award flight or hotel stay!
Currently, these cards earn AMEX Membership Rewards points:
|Personal Cards||Business Cards|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express||The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz||The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express|
|American Express® Gold Card|
|American Express® Green Card|
|Blue from American Express® Note: These are the ONLY AMEX cards that earn Membership Rewards points that can NOT be transferred to airline & hotel programs. But you can use these points on the Membership Rewards website for other redemptions. Includes personal AND small business versions of the card.|
If you have a particular award in mind, this is an easy way to save your points!
But keep in mind, once you transfer your AMEX Membership Rewards points, you can NOT transfer them back. And you can NOT transfer your miles or points to AMEX – the transfers only work in one direction.
Note: American Express charges an excise fee of 0.06 cents per point, up to a maximum of $99, when you transfer points to US airlines.
Should You Transfer Speculatively?
So, you should be very sure you will put your miles or points to good use before you make the transfer. Because after it’s done, it’s irreversible.
If you aren’t sure, remember that AMEX Membership Rewards points never expire. And transfer bonuses come along regularly. So if you aren’t confident about making a transfer, it’s better to hang on to your points.
That said, most programs have expiration policies of a year or more. So if it’s a loyalty program you know you use often, you may consider transferring in anticipation of a future award flight or hotel stay.
Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan took advantage of a transfer bonus to British Airways. Because it’s one of his favorite award programs, he’s sure he’ll sure the points before they expire. So he took made the transfer to get bonus points. But as always, do what you’re comfortable with!
How to Transfer Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points
Step 1 – Log-In to Your AMEX Account
Link: AMEX Membership Rewards
To begin, log-in to your AMEX account.
Click “Log In” in the top right corner of your screen.
Step 2 – Navigate to Travel
Once you’re logged-in, click the “Travel” tab near the top left. And then “Get Started” in the “Transfer Points” section.
Step 3 – Check Your Bonuses
Most transfer bonuses are available to everyone. But some of them are targeted. Meaning AMEX selects who gets the bonus miles or points, and who doesn’t.
On this screen, it’s easy to see which ones are available to you. And when they expire.
Click any of your offers to get more details, like specific offer terms and expiration dates.
For example, last fall there was a 25% bonus when you transferred AMEX Membership Rewards points to Virgin America. And keep in mind, I’ll always let you know when there’s a good transfer opportunity!
Again, you should only make a transfer when you’re sure you’ll use the miles or points you’ll get. If you do, you can book an award for fewer points than normal.
But it’s only a good deal if you use it! So run the numbers before you transfer. Because once you do, there’s no turning back.
AMEX Membership Rewards transfer bonuses to partner airlines and hotels can be an excellent deal. But only if you know you’ll use them!
It’s easy to check which bonuses you’re eligible for by logging into your account. If you’ll put the bonus to use, you’ll receive a discount on your award flight or hotel stay. In that case, it’s an excellent way to take part in the deal!
But keep in mind your points become subject to each airline or hotel program’s expiration rules. And once you transfer, you can NOT transfer the miles or points back to AMEX. So be certain you’ll use the miles or points before you make the transfer. Because a deal is only good if you know you’ll use it!
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