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Amex has a new transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic, as well as a bonus for JetBlue. The Virgin Atlantic bonus offers absurd value for a couple niche business and first class routes, as well as a healthy discount on domestic flights. The best use of Virgin Atlantic miles is with its partner airlines. I’ll reveal a couple doozy sweet spots.
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||Receive up to $100 in statement credits toward any eligible purchase from Away made within the first three months of Card Membership. 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 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 that is targeted for a bonus will have the offer listed, like this bonus my account has qualified for.
Hilton 50% Amex transfer bonus
Expiration date: Unknown
Transfer ratio: 1,000:3,000
Good deal or not:
Normally, transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Hilton is a bad idea. We estimate Hilton points value to hover around 0.5 cents each (though it’s certainly possible to get much better value from them). However, during this promotion you’ll receive 50% more value for your points, and an estimated 1.5 cents per Amex point you transfer to Hilton.
Depending on the hotel you’re eyeing, you may very well receive a value of more than 1.5 cents per Amex point by taking advantage of this deal. For example, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills can routinely cost $900+ per night after taxes. But it only costs 95,000 Hilton points for a free night. That means you’d only need to transfer 31,666 Amex points to Hilton for a free night, which translates to a value of ~2.8 cents per point. That’s amazing!
On the other end of the spectrum, Hilton’s lowest-class hotels cost between 5,000 and 10,000 points per night. That means you could get a free hotel night for as little as 1,666 Amex points with this transfer bonus.
Remember, there are tons of great Hilton credit cards that’ll boost your Hilton points balance, too. For example, the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express comes with 150,000 Hilton points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Virgin Atlantic 30% transfer bonus
Expiration date: December 28, 2019
Transfer ratio: 1,000:1,300
Good deal or not:
We don’t give Virgin Atlantic a lot of spotlight, as it tends to be a tool for more experienced miles and points enthusiasts — but don’t let that deter you from seriously considering this transfer bonus from the best American Express cards. There are a number of Virgin Atlantic award chart sweet spots that make earning Virgin Atlantic miles well worth the effort.
For example, you can use as little as 110,000 miles to book a round-trip business class seat between the U.S. and Japan on Virgin Atlantic partner ANA. With this transfer bonus, you can book this trip for just 85,000 Amex Membership Rewards points. That’s amazing, considering first class seats to Japan routinely cost $9,000+. This makes your Amex points value well over 10 cents each!
You can also use Virgin Atlantic miles to book domestic flights for 12,500 miles each way on partner Delta (sometimes even with better availability than you’ll find on the Delta website). With this transfer bonus, you could book a round-trip coach Delta flight for as little as 20,000 Amex Membership Rewards points.
- 60,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 or more on purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
- Up to 15,000 bonus miles every anniversary after qualifying purchases
- Up to 5,000 bonus miles when you add additional authorized users to your card
Check out our Virgin Atlantic Credit Card review. You won’t be able to earn the card’s full intro offer before the transfer bonus promo expires, but we usually see this deal a couple times each year — so you’ll at least be ready for the next one.
JetBlue 25% Amex transfer bonus
Expiration date: December 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.
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