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All Sorts of Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses Up to 50% — Check to See If You’re Targeted

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All Sorts of Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses Up to 50% — Check to See If You’re Targeted

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INSIDER SECRET: Many Amex Membership Rewards transfer partners are also transfer partners with other flexible points programs, like Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou and Capital One. So you can combine points from multiple programs into a single airline loyalty account and easily amass the miles needed for your next award.

Right now there are a slew of Amex Membership Rewards points transfer bonuses, but many of them are targeted so you’ll have to check your account to see which offers you’ve qualified for.

There are transfer bonuses for:

Keep in mind that the targeted transfer bonuses that don’t have an expiration date may only appear in your account one time. So if you log in and click on the transfer partner, the next time you log into your account it’s possible the targeted bonus will have disappeared.

There are so many Amex Membership Rewards points transfer bonuses out there right now, everyone has a reason to celebrate. (Photo by Aaron Amat/Shutterstock)

Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses

Here is a quick breakdown of all the offers out there with some good uses for each one:

Qantas

Through June 30, 2019, there is a 20% transfer bonus to the newest Amex Membership Rewards transfer partner — Qantas.

I’ve never redeemed Qantas points, but Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan loves using the program to book short-haul flights on American Airlines, which normally cost 8,000 miles for one-way flights under 600 miles. With this transfer bonus you’d only need to transfer 7,000 Amex points to book the same flight.

Virgin Atlantic

There is a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic that ends on July 1, 2019.

Virgin Atlantic is a good program to use for booking partner flights with Delta and ANA. Keep in mind that Virgin Atlantic charges per segment, so you’ll pay more if you need to connect. But if you can fly direct, it only costs 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles to book Delta business-class flights from the US to Europe, so with the 30% bonus you’d only need to transfer 39,000 Amex points.

JetBlue (Targeted)

Some Amex Membership Rewards accounts have been targeted for a 40% or 50% transfer bonus to JetBlue.

JetBlue’s award price is tied to the cash price and you’ll typically get ~1.4 cents per point toward most fares (for Mint fares you’ll get ~1 cent per point in value). The normal Amex to JetBlue transfer ratio is 250:200 and depending on which bonus you were targeted for, you’d be getting a ratio of 250:280 or 250:300.

If 300 JetBlue points are conservatively worth 1.4 cents each, then 250 Amex points would get you $4.20 in value (300 JetBlue points X 1.4 cents per point). That equates to getting 1.68 cents per Amex point, which is a good deal for JetBlue redemptions.

British Airways (Targeted)

If you’re lucky enough to be target for this 40% or 50% British Airways transfer bonus, you can book some amazing deals.

Even though British Airways just devalued their partner award chart you can still book one-way partner US domestic flights under 650 miles for 7,500 British Airways Avios points. And one-way domestic flights under 1,151 miles cost 9,000 Avios points. The normal Amex transfer ratio to British Airways is 1:1, so if you’re targeted for the 50% bonus you could book these same flights for 5,000 or 6,000 Amex Membership Rewards points.

British Airways Avios points also transfer to Iberia and that opens up the door for cheap business-class award flights to Europe. Iberia normally charges 34,000 Avios points one-way for an off-peak business-class award from Chicago or New York to Madrid. With the 50% bonus you’d only need to transfer 25,000 Amex points for a business-class flight to Europe because Amex points transfer in 1,000-point increments to British Airways.

Marriott Bonvoy (Targeted)

There is also a 50% Amex Membership Rewards transfer bonus to Marriott Bonvoy,  so every 1,000 Amex points will convert into 1,500 Marriott points with the bonus.

Normally, Amex transfers to Marriott aren’t the best deal because Marriott redemptions are typically less valuable than redemptions with many of Amex’s airline partners. But if you’re looking to book a few free nights then you can’t go wrong with this bonus. Marriott hotels cost 7,500-85,000 points per night and you can definitely find some deals out there.

Need More Amex Membership Rewards Points?

These cards earn Amex Membership Rewards points:

Card Welcome 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.
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 Card
Ends November 06 2019: Limited Time Offer- Earn up to $500 in statement credits by purchasing qualifying services with FedEx within the first 3 months of account opening. Terms Apply.
Business Green Rewards Card from American ExpressEnds November 06 2019: Limited Time Offer- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on your combined eligible purchases on the Card, up to the first $50,000, at U.S. restaurants, on hotel stays booked directly with hotels, and on airfare purchased directly from airlines in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
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15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
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10,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
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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.
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I got a Marriott %40 offer not %50?

Be very careful with Iberia. We had two reward seats booked to Madrid out of Miami and they using avios and 3 econ using AA miles for kids in econ and Iberia denied us boarding because I did not have the credit card I used to pay the taxes with. I explained to them that the card had been cancelled and showed them that cancelled card on the citi app, offered to pay the taxes again and they still denied us boarding. I had to get letter from Citi documenting that I had closed that account to fly the next day. AA no longer had saver awards available for kids to instead of 90k AA miles it cost me 330k AA miles to put kids on AA metal. 330k AA miles, rental car for a day, Hyatt award night for hotel to overnight in Miami, and lost day f our vacation because I didn’t have the exact card I used to pay the taxes with. Iberia customer service told me to go pound sound, they offered me nothing. Screw you Iberia..never again will I do business with them. Hope some others can be forewarned and learn from my loss

Hm, I wonder if this was just because of that one particular rep. Seems like sometimes everyone treats the check in process a bit differently.

It reminds me of a trip I made a few years ago. My memory is a bit fuzzy, but as I recall, it was a 1 week international session for my MBA program. I had a ticket flying out of LAX to Thailand, and then a ticket from Singapore back home to LAX.

When I checked in at the counter, the rep asked me how I was getting from Thailand to Singapore, and I explained that my university’s MBA program paid for it. They demanded the ticket (which I didn’t have of course) and so they tried to get me to spend a few hundred dollars on a “dummy” ticket from Thailand back to LAX because they were concerned about my “financial ability” to return home.

I wonder if the outcome would have been less of a hassle had it been another rep checking me in.

It was the rep, his supervisor, and her supervisor and then backed up by iberia customer service when I filed a complaint.

Am I the only one that has had this issue?