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Redeeming your points with Amex transfer partners during large promotional bonuses is often the best way to use Amex points. But whether or not a transfer bonus is worthwhile largely depends on the partner.
Now through Feb. 14, 2020, there is a 25% transfer bonus to Aeromexico, which is part of the SkyTeam alliance. There is also a new, and targeted, 25% transfer bonus to Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles with no end date, as reported by Frequent Miler.
Let’s take a brief look at what you can do with Aeromexico points and Asia Miles.
Current Amex transfer bonus deals
Below is a list of the current Amex transfer bonuses which apply to cards that earn Amex Membership Rewards points, like the following:
|Card||Welcome bonus & minimum spending requirements|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||Earn up to 75,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points: 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases made on the card within the first 3 months of account opening.
|American Express®️ Green Card||Earn 30,000 Amex Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first three months of account opening. Terms apply.|
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express||No welcome bonus|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||60,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.|
|American Express® Gold Card||35,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Terms Apply.|
|American Express® Business Gold Card||Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.|
|Business Green Rewards Card from American Express||15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $3,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.|
|Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express||15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.|
|Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||10,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
To see which deals your Amex Membership Rewards account is eligible for follow these steps:
- Log into your Amex account
- Select one of your cards that earns Amex points
- Click “Explore Rewards”
- Then select “Transfer Points”
- To see all your transfer options click “View All”
Any transfer partner targeted for a bonus will have the offer listed.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 25% transfer bonus (up to 37.5%)
Expiration date: No end date listed
Transfer ratio: 1,000:1,250
Good deal or not: What makes this deal even more enticing is that Asia Miles is currently running a promotion of its own where you’ll get an extra 10% bonus when transferring in miles from a credit card program — which effectively makes this bonus worth 37.5%. You’ll need to transfer by Jan. 31, 2020, to take advantage of that deal.
Asia Miles are a solid mileage currency, and you can get good value out of them although their award chart isn’t stellar. What does make their program stand out is that they offer increased award availability on Cathay flights when booking through Asia Miles, so you’re more likely to find that coveted first or business class seat.
Aeromexico 25% transfer bonus
Expiration date: Feb. 14, 2020
Transfer ratio: 1,000:2,000
Good deal or not: I’ve never personally booked with Aeromexico, but the award chart does have a few decent deals for business-class awards to Europe, Asia and for around-the-world tickets. However, you can’t book partner airlines online so you’ll have to call to book and you’ll have to search for partner availability on a different SkyTeam airlines site (Delta or Korean Air are two options).
This is the SkyTeam award chart:
The above prices are for round-trip tickets, but you can fly one-way for half the price. With this transfer bonus, it would only take 100,000 Amex points to book a round-trip business-class flight from the U.S. to Europe. That’s a great deal, but Aeromexico does add fuel surcharges to award flights, so the fees make it a much less stellar option.
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