American Express Membership Rewards Adds Virgin America As Transfer Partner

by on September 12, 2011 · 9 comments

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American Express announced today that Virgin America will be a transfer partner of Membership Rewards starting October 5, 2011. The transfer ratio won’t be released until the program goes live, but I hope it’s at a 1:1 ratio, which would mean each Amex point transferred would equate to 1.6-2.1 cents towards Virgin America airfare. See my rundown of the Virgin America Elevate program here.

This is good news, because the program loses Continental as of October 1, however Virgin America won’t nearly fill that void. Ideally I’d love to see American Airlines or US Airways get added to the program, but I doubt that is going to happen.

I’ll save my analysis until the details are announced, but overall this is good news because the more options to use our points, the better.

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  • Varun Parthasarathy

    Something tells me that AA and AMEX will join hands after AA launches its revised Million-Miler Program this November. Let’s see

  • AK

    For people who fly coach between major cities (SFO, JFK, DFW, etc) this is by far the best deal out there, AMAZING! Roundtrips form JFK to SFO can be had for as little as 16,000 points even while tickets are cost $380 round trip. By the time prices reach that level, AA has already sold out of Saaver inventory and youre looking at 50K roundtrip. The usual 100K points will likely get you 4 round trips at best on any other airline, VX should get you ATLEAT 5, and I believe that is a conservative estimate.

    Combine it with the frequent 20-30% of coupons that are offerred, the deal is even sweeter!

  • NYBanker

    I understood the relationship between Citi and AA to be (a) long term and (b) exclusive in the United States.

  • Anonymous

    But airlines can still be a transfer partner in Amex and have their own card agreement, for example British Airways whose cards are issued by Chase in the US but they are still Amex transfer partners

  • Lark

    AMEX Plat is pulling out all the stops to try and lose as few customers as possible when CO departs…

    VX is definitely a plus here out of SFO. I have until Feb 2012 to decide to renew, cancel, or possibly downgrade to gold.

  • Dan

    Their website shows they are partners with Cathay Pacific, SQ, etc. How do partner awards work? Do you us Elevate points to buy tickets on partners?

  • Bbcd175

    Yeah, but NYBanker said the AA/Citi relationship was exclusive (I’m curious about the source) which is probably not the case for BA/Chase.

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