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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 April 14, 2020, there is a 50% transfer bonus to Hilton. There is also a targeted 25% transfer bonus to Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles.
Let’s take a brief look at what you can do with Hilton 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 75,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
|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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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.
Hilton points 50% transfer bonus
Expiration date: April 14, 2020
Transfer ratio: 1,000:3,000
Amex points regularly transfer to Hilton at a ratio of 1:2 (1 Amex points = 2 Hilton points). With this bonus, you’ll earn 3 Hilton points for every Amex point you transfer. That means the 75,000 bonus points you could earn after meeting the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express tiered spending requirements could equal 225,000 Hilton points! There is no Hilton award chart, but Hilton prices its hotels between 5,000 and 95,000 points, depending on hotel quality (there are a few exceptions).
We estimate that Hilton points value averages around 0.5 cents each, so you’ll get a value of 1.5 cents per Amex point by taking advantage of this transfer bonus. However, we estimate Amex points value to be around 2 cents each. So, if you plan to transfer your Amex points to Hilton, you’ll want to ensure you’re receiving a value around 0.7 cents per point for your stay.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 25% transfer bonus
Expiration date: Dec. 31, 2020
Transfer ratio: 1,000:1,250
Good deal or not: Asia Miles is a solid currency. You can receive good value from them, though 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.
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