40% transfer bonus to Avios from Membership Rewards

American Express is offering a terrific 40% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways or Iberia Avios. With this bonus, 1,000 Membership Rewards points will get you 1,400 Avios, which could make for some great value redemptions – including transatlantic business class for less than 25,000 Membership Rewards points each way (though keep in mind that you must transfer in increments of 1K).

The Deal

  • 40% transfer bonus when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to British Airways or Iberia Avios (1:1.4 transfer ratio)

Key Terms

  • Transfer by November 15, 2018
  • Must transfer in 1,000 point increments

Quick Thoughts

This is an awesome bonus for anyone with a halfway decent redemption in mind. Earlier this week, we reported on better-than-average availability in Iberia business class from New York or Chicago to Madrid, which costs just 34,000 Avios one-way during off-peak times in Iberia’s program (note: Boston is the same price but showed less availability, Miami costs a bit more but is still very reasonable). With the transfer bonus, that’s the equivalent of just under 24,300 Membership Rewards points each way. That’s a great deal for transatlantic business class travel with low fuel surcharges (~$100 total ex-US and around $135 ex-Spain).

Shorthaul flights can also be an outstanding bargain with this transfer bonus. The British Airways chart starts at 4500 miles each way for flights under 650 miles, which would amount to ~3200 Membership Rewards points before the bonus. Unfortunately, that’s only valid outside of the US — within the US, the shortest band is 7500 miles each way, which amounts to around 5400 Membership Rewards points. Those who fly with connections can do better with Iberia, as the shortest round trip itineraries can cost as few as 11,000 Iberia Avios, though note that you will have to book round trip if booking American Airlines flights (and AA flights booked with Iberia Avios are totally nonrefundable and non-changeable, so you’ll want to book with British Airways if you need flexibility).

Of course, some routes aren’t a deal and if you intend to fly through London on BA, fuel surcharges can be ridiculous. But there is definite value to be had in this bonus. As always, we have added it to our list of Current point transfer bonuses.

For some inspiration as to how to use your Avios, see these posts:

H/T: One Mile at a Time

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Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Is there a fee to transfer AMEX MR points to Avios ? Last time I did a transfer to another Freq Flyer program – I was charged ?

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Is this valid only for US based cards or internationally?

Troy
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Does anyone know what the “standard” timeframe is for points to post to your Iberia account (due to its crappy systems and support)? I know on the Chase side, Ultimate Rewards transfers are “instant” but Chase acknowledged they can take 7 days to post within Iberia (WARNING/NOTE – which is further complicated by Iberia formally telling me 3 days ago in email that it can be 15 days before Avios post from Chase).

Anyone else transfer AMEX MR and a timeframe when they actually post?

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@Troy – I did a test and Amex MR transferred to IB Avios in 24 hours. I did a test with Chase too and it’s been 3 days and still not showing up – argh!

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For most travellers, this is probably the best thing you can do with Membership Rewards. Just using them on AA results in terrific value — at least if you live near an AA hub and have access to their nonstop flights. More intrepid travellers can get great deals on short hauls in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America. I’ve even used them to get to Mauritius from Jo’burg.

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[…] Avios? Transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards. There’s  a 40% bonus for transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to Avios through November. That means 5000-and-change MR points for a one-way. That’s an amazing value, […]