(EXPIRED) 30% transfer bonus to Avios from Amex Membership Rewards points

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American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 30% transfer bonus when you transfer points to British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus Avios. Keep in mind that Aer Lingus and Qatar also share the Avios program, so you can transfer your Avios on to those programs from British Airways or Iberia after taking advantage of the bonus Amex is offering.

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The Deal

  • American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 30% transfer bonus to British Airways Avios and Iberia Avios

Key Terms

  • Valid from 12:00a.m MT on 7/1/2023 to 11:59 p.m MT on 8/31/2023.
  • See your account for full terms

Quick Thoughts

We’ve seen Amex occasionally offer a 40% transfer bonus to Avios, but 30% is still quite strong and makes some sweet spots a bit more indulgent. For instance, if you can find off-peak business class availability from New York or Boston to Madrid, you would only need to transfer 27,000 Membership Rewards points to Iberia to have more than enough for business class (as that sweet spot costs 34,000 Avios one-way off-peak). See more British Airways and Iberia Avios sweet spots here.

Avios sweet spots
My family flew Iberia business class a few years ago and found it to be a nice way across the Atlantic given the price.

There are plenty of other instances where Avios could make for a strong redemption with this bonus — even for travel to Europe. I recently flew Aer Lingus business class from Washington, DC to Dublin (and onward to Milan). The flight across the pond from Washington to Dublin would have been bookable with about 47,000 Membership Rewards points thanks to this bonus.

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Aer Lingus A321neo business class was just OK, but at 47K points one-way thanks to the transfer bonus, it could certainly be a good deal.

I probably wouldn’t speculatively transfer here both because I prefer keeping transferable points flexible and because we sometimes see a higher transfer bonus, but if you are confident that you’ve got some near-term uses in mind, it obviously could make sense to strike while the iron is hot on this bonus. Of course, given that the expiration date isn’t until the end of August, that provides a good window of time to find a use.

See our Current point transfer bonuses page for a full list of current transfer bonus opportunities.

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