Last Day Alert: 50% Bonus to Transfer Membership Rewards Points into British Airways.
May 31 is the last day you can get the 50% bonus for transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways.
You have to do something with those Membership Rewards points, but is this the right transfer for you? Depends. British Airways points do still have value even after they changed (ahem, “devalued”) their program. Long TransAtlantic fights are now not a good use of Avios points, because of the insane fuel surcharges. Yep, BA went to a distance based award chart, which is what rewards programs outside the U.S. have.
BUT, Avios points are still great for short haul domestic partner flights on American Airlines, flights to Hawaii from the West Coast, Caribbean from the East Coast, and South America trips. Another goodie is there no fee to book a “close in” flight. Most airlines charge a fee if you book a flight 21 days in.
Now, I usually don’t recommend transferring Membership Rewards points unless you have a specific trip in mind, and you are needing to top off your account. So if that’s you and you are planning on using British Airways Avios, then collecting a 50% bonus isn’t too shabby. Transferring your MR points to Avios is super easy on the Amex Membership Rewards site. From the homepage, you’ll go to Rewards –> Use Points –> Travel –> Airlines –> British Airways Transfer Points.
If you are primarily a Delta flyer, you should wait for the next Delta transfer bonus.
Noob Minder: If you haven’t applied for the British Airways 100,000 offer- 50k on first spend- it expires on June 7th.
You can support the Noob by applying through my link below. I’ll think you’re pretty cool if you do.
— Noob Master