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30% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways Avios December 3- January 14, 2013

by on November 13, 2012 · 17 comments

in American Express, British Airways

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Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months.

While not as exciting as recent 50% transfer bonuses, Amex Membership Rewards will be launching a 30% transfer bonus to British Airways Avios from December 3, 2012 – January 14, 2013. No need to register as the bonus will, as usual, be hard coded into the transfer page at Membership Rewards.

The bonus will automatically register on the transfer page.

So instead of the usual 1:1 ratio where 1,000 Amex points will get you 1,000 British Airways Avios, you’ll end up with 1,300 Avios instead. This isn’t as lucrative as their 40% and 50% transfer bonuses, but a 30% bonus is still better than nothing and if you know how to leverage the Avios program you can reap huge value out of redemptions.

For instance that business class Iberia award I wrote about (and flew on) yesterday cost me 7,500 Avios and $127.50. With this transfer bonus, however, I only would have needed 5,800 Avios. That ticket would have cost $970. So originally I got a value of 11 cents per Avios, but with this bonus, I’d get a whopping 16.7 cents per Avios! And that’s not even on international premium luxury fares, just a simple intra-European hop. Even better, I still wouldn’t have had to worry about transfer times since Amex transfers to BA instantaneously, and then BA Avios transfer into Iberia Avios instantly as well, so I would not have had any problem reaping value from this promo- even if I would have never paid that $970 for the fare.

The good part about all this, however, is that there’s plenty of advance notice, so you can start scouring awards in the coming months and see if a point transfer for an award redemption might make sense for you, then when the bonus kicks in, you’ll be all ready to go. For instance, I was considering using my British Airways Travel Together companion ticket (which you have to use on an award redemption) over the holidays, so I’m going to look for some first class fares to Europe. That first class award seat on BA from New York to London that I was considering would ordinarily cost 120,000 Avios roundtrip would now require just 93,000 – that’s better than most roundtrip business class redemptions, and definitely something to consider.

To learn more about how to maximize Avios, check out my most recent series:
Distance-Based AwardsSpotlight on Taxes and Fees,  Travel Together Companion TicketHousehold AccountsUsing Avios to Upgrade Paid TicketsThe Avios and Cash OptionSave Money on Fuel Surcharges by Transferring British Airways Avios to IberiaUsing Avios For Non-Flight Redemptions.

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  • Scott

    Any hope of an Amex to Delta rewards bonus anytime soon?

  • Will

    Do you think this transfer is worth it for SFO-HKG-TPE business or first class? Thanks

  • PJ

    from 50% to 40% and now 30%; still not that bad

  • http://www.facebook.com/karolian Matt Karolian

    Do you think it will eventually go back up to 50%?

  • Al

    My annual fee is due and I was planning to cancel my Gold Amex. I’m not using it any more. Do you think I can keep it open for another few weeks until December 3rd, transfer the MR points to BA and then cancel? Since I havent used the card since the fee hit, do you think they will hassle me when I go to cancel?

  • ML

    h/t Gary

  • Justin

    My favorite aspect of the BA program is that you can book nearly a month before AA, so you’ve got a much, much better chance of being able to plan ahead for CX and QF awards which can be hard to get with AA miles (QF especially).

  • thepointsguy

    I wouldn’t be surprised, though I have no information either way that would help me answer that question.

  • thepointsguy

    We actually have the same contact at Amex who sends us these promos.. I’ve just been wrapped up with the Star Alliance Mega Do, so I’m a little bit behind in posting

  • thepointsguy

    You can cancel at any time and they will give you a refund of the prorated annual fee

  • thepointsguy

    Doubtful… I think big changes are coming soon to Delta, so they don’t want to enrage amex customers by luring them with a bonus and then changing the program in 2013

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1584301855 Alberto Usinger

    Is this a worldwide promo or is just for the us?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508209637 Tom Betts

    Have my fingers crossed that this is worldwide.. (or at least UK-wide!)

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  • harry

    can i use avios for american airlines travel?

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