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New 25% Amex transfer bonus for Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles, Aeromexico

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New 25% Amex transfer bonus for Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles, Aeromexico

Brendan DorseyNew 25% Amex transfer bonus for Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles, AeromexicoMillion Mile Secrets Team

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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:

CardWelcome 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.
Terms Apply.
American Express®️ Green CardEarn 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 ExpressNo 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 Card35,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Terms Apply.
American Express® Business Gold CardEarn 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 Express15,000 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 Express10,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
The information for the Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card and Amex EveryDay Credit Card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

To see which deals your Amex Membership Rewards account is eligible for follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Amex account
  2. Select one of your cards that earns Amex points
  3. Click “Explore Rewards”
  4. Then select “Transfer Points”
  5. 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.

Use Asia Miles to book business class flights on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350. (Image by JT Genter)

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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Featured image by JT Genter

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express

  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Terms Apply | Rates & Fees

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How do those of us that can only book through our company portal (concur) but want to utilize amex miles to upgrade get around that?