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Amex Losing Priority Club Transfer Partner

by on April 3, 2012 · 10 comments

in American, Chase, IHG Rewards

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I found out some bad news for Amex’s Membership Rewards program yesterday: As of June 30, 2012, Priority Club (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc.) will no longer be a transfer partner of American Express. You can find the details on Priority Club’s website here.

I did like knowing that I could top up my Priority Club account with Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 transfer ratio, and being able to use just 5,000 points for PointBreaks awards, but I can’t say I often took advantage of this option.

This isn’t too much of a blow either because Priority Club is also a transfer partner with Chase Ultimate Rewards at the same 1:1 transfer ratio, so I’ll still be able to use all the points I’m racking up with my Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold cards.

The Priority Club page announcing the end of its partnership with American Express. Notice the Chase credit card ad on the left!

Meanwhile, this is additional loss for Amex comes just after Chase added Ritz-Carlton to its transfer partner roster as it continues its push for points program dominance. I’d be happy to see American Express permanently change the Starwood Preferred Guest transfer ratio to at least 2:1 instead of the bad current ratio of 3 Amex to 1 Starwood point. Either that or add some interesting new non-chain hotel redemptions that offer more than a cent per point in value.

Hat tip: Flyertalk user jumpdogjump.

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  • Dave Op

    I value UR points higher than MR points, so this is a lost for us Amex customers. I prefer to keep my UR points for higher value transfers such as Hyatt.

  • Sean

    file this under “no big deal”

    transferring UR/MR into PC provides me $0.006 per point

    like many others, I value PC at $30=5000

  • CU

    If Chase starts doing transfer bonuses the way Amex does, I think they will finally achieve hegemony…

  • Matt

    I’d rather purchase them for $0.006 anyway. No real loss.

  • Jean

    Bummer that Amex seems to be hemorrhaging partners lately. :(

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YRK6JIEMWGNDBGXDBDUC7ZRAMI AA

    AMEX is doing badly all round. I took a CHASE Sapphire VISA card six months ago after my AMEX was constantly refused in Russia and the Ukraine. The Chase card has no foreign transaction fees and all the standard AMEX benefits like purchase protection etc. as well as a relatively low annual fee of $95, certainly less that an AMEX Green card and a MM membership as well as way less than a Premier Rewards annual fee. AMEX charges me foreign transaction fees unless I shell out $450 a year for its Platinum product and has a lousy MM conversion rate into Starwood points. Once having an AMEX card was a statement of your credit worthiness. What is it really worth any more?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001275912508 Jeffrey Kwok

    canada amex has 2:1 spg transfer ratio :P

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