Amex Transfer Partners

Amex Membership Rewards points are transferable to many airline and hotel partners. Below you’ll find a complete list of Amex transfer partners as well as quick tips for best uses.

Tips

Don’t transfer yet: Don’t transfer points until high value awards are available and you are ready to book them.  Transfers are one-way only.  Membership Rewards points are valuable for their flexibility. Once you transfer, you are locked into a single program that may or may not have awards available.

Transfer to friend’s loyalty account: You can transfer points to a friend’s loyalty account as long as you add them as an authorized user or employee to one of your Membership Rewards accounts.

Watch for transfer bonuses: Amex often offers improved transfer ratios through limited time transfer bonuses.

Always have at least 1 transferable account: Some Membership Rewards cards do not directly allow point transfers (such as the discontinued Blue for Business card), but most do. As long as you have at least one card that permits transfers, then you’re good to go.  A few fee-free cards that allow transfers are: Amex EveryDay, Blue Business Plus, and The Morgan Stanley Credit Card from American Express.

Don’t forget about the pay with points option: Usually, paying for travel with Amex points results in poor value: 1 cent per point or less.  However, the Amex Business Platinum card makes it possible to get approximately 1.5 cents per point value or more on certain flights.  See this post for details.

Current Transfer Bonuses

If Amex is running any transfer bonuses, details will appear here:

Transfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date Sortable
40% transfer bonus to British Airways or Iberia Avios2018/11/15
Membership Rewards 30% Transfer Bonus To Hilton Honors
The usual transfer rate is 1,000:2,000. With this bonus, the transfer rate has increased to 1,000:2,600.
2018/11/30

Best Amex Transfer Partners

The following transfer partners represent the best potential value in my opinion:

Airline
Transfer Ratio
Best Uses
Aeroplan/Air Canada 1000 to 1000 Redeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed on international flights. Reasonable award prices to Europe for business and first class.  Transfers from Amex are known to be immediate.
Air France KLM Flying Blue 1000 to 1000 Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France also has a very generous definition of “Europe” (includes Israel for example)
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club 1000 to 1000 Redeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed.  Very good award prices for round-the-world travel.
British Airways Executive Club (also Iberia Plus, and Aer Lingus) 1000 to 1000 While flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges.  Great value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights.  You can also transfer BA points to other Avios programs: Avios.com, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 1000 to 1000 Cathay Pacific has a fairly generous distance based award chart and allows  multiple stopovers.  Fuel surcharges can be very high on certain routes.  See: Best Use of Asia Miles (Cathay).
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles 1000 to 1000* Award flights to Canada are often a great deal. Partner awards often have terrific availability, but you may pay more miles than with other programs.
Etihad Guest 1000 to 1000 Etihad has a very competitive award chart for American Airlines flights, among others.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1000 to 1000 Use to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members) or for Star Alliance awards. Very low change fees and no close-in booking fees make this a very good program for booking United Airlines flights.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1000 to 1000 Virgin Atlantic miles can be usefully thought of as a way to get a discount off Virgin Atlantic flights (high fuel surcharges make the flights far from free), but there are some better uses.  Use miles to upgrade paid flights or to fly partner airlines.  A fantastic use is to fly ANA in business or first class thanks to Virgin’s generous ANA partner award chart.  Or, if you can find saver level Delta awards for nonstop international travel, you can often book through Virgin Atlantic far cheaper than with Delta directly.

* For transfers to US airlines, Amex charges an excise tax offset fee of $0.0006 per point (with maximum fee of $99).

The Other Transfer Partners

Here are the transfer partners that didn’t make my “best of” list, above.  Note that many of these are still worth considering under certain circumstances.

Airline Program
Transfer Ratio
AeroMexico 1000 to 1600
Alitalia MilleMiglia 1000 to 1000
EL AL Israel Airlines 1000 MR to 20 EL AL Matmid points
Emirates Skywards 1000 to 1000
Hawaiian Airlines* 1000 to 1000
Iberia Plus 1000 to 1000
Aer Lingus AerClub* 1000 to 1000
JetBlue Airways TrueBlue** 250 MR to 200 JetBlue TrueBlue

*Aer Lingus will become a transfer partner at the end of August 2018 for US Membership Rewards and by the end of the year for UK Membership Rewards.

** For transfers to US airlines, Amex charges an excise tax offset fee of $0.0006 per point (with maximum fee of $99).

Hotel Program
Transfer Ratio
Choice Privileges 1000 to 1000
Hilton Honors
1000 MR to 2000 Hilton Honors Points
Marriott Rewards 1000 MR to 1000 Marriott Rewards

Indirect Transfer Partners

In many cases it is possible to transfer to an airline or hotel program in order to then transfer from that program to another program.  I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether or not it is a good idea to transfer in these ways (hint: usually no, but there are exceptions).

Transfer First To
Then To
Transfer Ratio Details
Hawaiian Miles Wyndham 2 to 1 Transfer to Hawaiian Airlines miles 1 to 1, then to Caesar’s Total Rewards 2 to 1, then to Wyndham 1 to 1.  Details here.
Virgin Atlantic IHG 1 to 1 Transfer minimum of 10,000 Virgin Atlantic miles to equal number of IHG points.  Details here (under “Spend Miles”).  Note that points transferred to IHG from Virgin Atlantic are no longer tier qualifying.  SeeVirgin Atlantic transfers to IHG no longer count towards status.
Virgin Atlantic Hilton 2 to 3 This used to be the same transfer ratio as transferring directly from Amex MR to Hilton, and when Amex offered a transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic, this route was better.  Today, though, Amex transfers to Hilton are 1 to 2, so this is no longer a good idea (honestly, it wasn’t that great of an idea before either).

Note: Amex occasionally has transfer bonuses to SPG and/or Virgin Atlantic which would make the above transfer ratios much more compelling.

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Arnold

Very cool tip on the Virgin to IHG indirect transfer to tap into that 25k Spire bonus.

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Kate
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Kate

Flying to Dublin this summer on Aer Lingus using Avios. AL is now an Avios participant since being acquired by BA.. Moved Amex points to Avios.com to use on AL. Transfer ratio still mediocre of course.

Zmaster
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Nice work here – thanks

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Carlton Fist

subsumed……………………….i learn something new here everyday

Ethan
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Is MR still a transfer partner with Asia Miles?

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Clare N
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Clare N

Any way to indirectly transfer to Amtrak (Hopefully at areasonable rate)

Nick Reyes
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Sure. You can transfer from SPG to Amtrak at a rate of 1:1 (general members have a minimum transfer of 2500 points, the minimum for Gold members is 1500 points, and I don’t believe there is a min transfer for Platinum members).

If you’re looking to transfer from Membership Rewards, that means that 1,000 Membership Rewards points = 333 Amtrak points (subject to the minimums above) by going Membership Rewards–>SPG–>Amtrak.

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Thank you!
Marlene

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