Reminder: 40% British Airways Amex Transfer Bonus Ends 3/31/11

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Just a friendly reminder that you have one more week to take advantage of the 40% Amex Membership Rewards transfer bonus to British Airways.

I just took advantage of it last night. I am going to Vancouver in June for the 2011 Travel Bloggers Exchange conference and flights were all $500+. Worse, flying Delta would have forced me to connect in Minneapolis or Salt Lake – wiping out nearly two whole days that I’d rather spend exploring Vancouver.

Instead, I decided to take Cathay Pacific from JFK-YVR nonstop (that flight then continues onto Hong Kong) because the flight times are ideal – an evening departure and redeye return, so I can maximize my time in Vancouver. The roundtrip in business class cost me a grand total of 50,000 British Airways miles and $85 in taxes, which came to just 36,000 Amex points with this transfer bonus.

I priced out the flight and if I wanted to buy business class, it would have cost: Total Price: USD 4,533.29 – per adult.

So 36,000 Amex points and $85 got me $4,533.29 in flights. Granted, I never would have paid that much, but you get the point. Amex points have unbelievable value when transferred into airline frequent flyer programs – especially when you can take advantage of transfer bonuses and you redeem for premium cabin travel.

If you don’t have an Amex card, the most generous sign-up bonus right now is the Amex Platinum 50,000 points after spending a mere $1,000 within 3 months. Full disclosure – I get credit whenever you sign up using that link, but it’s the best deal out there and I have personally benefited from having this card, so I feel confident endorsing it.

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

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  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Balance Transfer Credit Rating
N/A Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195 See Terms Excellent Credit