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Amex transfer bonus: 25% to Flying Blue and JetBlue

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Amex transfer bonus: 25% to Flying Blue and JetBlue

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Amex has new transfer bonuses to JetBlue and Flying Blue, in addition to bonuses for Marriott and Avianca. The Flying Blue bonus presents a great opportunity to stack this transfer bonus with the monthly Flying Blue Promo Awards for some potentially great deals to Europe. But Flying Blue does add fuel surcharges to award flights, so you might be better off transferring to Avianca (no fuel surcharges for partner awards) and booking a Star Alliance flight to Europe.

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
Ends December 4, 2019: Limited Time Offer - Up to 100,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points

50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $10,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account, plus earn an extra 50,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after spending an additional $15,000 on qualifying purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
American Express®️ Green CardReceive up to $100 in statement credits toward any eligible purchase from Away. Offer ends January 15, 2020. Plus, 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 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 that is targeted for a bonus will have the offer listed, like this bonus my account has qualified for.

JetBlue 25% Amex transfer bonus

Expiration date: Dec. 21, 2019

Transfer ratio: 250:250

Good deal or not:

JetBlue doesn’t have an award chart. Instead the award price of a flight is tied to the cash price (just like Southwest) and JetBlue points are worth around 1.3 cents each toward airfare (less for Mint class), but Amex points only transfer to JetBlue at a 5:4 ratio (250:200). So with this 25% bonus the ratio improves to 1:1 in 250 point increments.

When you transfer Amex points to U.S. based airlines (JetBlue or Delta) you will pay an excise tax of $0.0006 cents per point (up to $99 max). Also JetBlue points are only worth about one cent each when you redeem them for Mint seats, so there are better points to use for booking Mint seats.

Flying Blue 25% Amex transfer bonus

Expiration date: Nov. 30, 2019

Transfer ratio: 1,000:1,250

Good deal or not:

We’ve seen higher transfer bonuses in the past, but this is still a good deal. What makes Flying Blue transfer bonuses potentially even more lucrative is the monthly Flying Blue Promo Awards.

For example, through Oct. 31 you can book round-trip economy Promo Awards from Chicago to Europe for only 33,000 miles. So you’d only need to transfer 27,000 Amex Membership Rewards points to book the flight. Many programs charge more than that for a one-way award ticket. Flying Blue does add fuel surcharges to awards, which can be $200-$300 for an economy flight. Depending on the time of year, it’s possible to find cheap flights to Europe in the $400 range, so be sure to compare cash prices before you shell out your miles for a flight that isn’t that much cheaper.

Avianca 15% Amex transfer bonus

Expiration date: Oct. 31, 2019

Transfer ratio: 1,000:1,150

Good deal or not:

Avianca is a member of Star Alliance and it doesn’t add fuel surcharges to partner awards, so this program is a good option for booking Star Alliance business- or first-class flights to Europe. With Avianca, you can book one-way business-class flights to Europe for 63,000 miles and one-way first-class flights for 87,000 miles. With this 15% bonus you’d only need to transfer 55,000 points and 76,000 points to book those awards.

Avianca is a good option for booking high-value partner awards, but keep in mind that there are mixed reports (at best) when it comes to its customer service.

Marriott 30% Amex transfer bonus (targeted)

Expiration date: Oct. 31, 2019

Transfer ratio: 1,000:1,300

Good deal or not:

In most cases, transferring Amex points to Marriott isn’t the best option because Marriott points are usually worth ~0.7-0.9 per Amex point depending on the redemption. So unless you need to top off your Marriott account to book an award I would skip this one.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel

More Info

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