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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Platinum Card from American Express

Now through November 30, 2013, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 20% bonus when transferring points to the Choice Privileges program if you’ve got a card that accrues them, such as the Premier Rewards Gold, Platinum or The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN

Normally points transfer at a ratio of 1 Amex point to 1 Choice point, which isn’t terribly exciting, but at least with this promo, you can transfer 1,000 Amex points to get 1,200 Choice Privileges points instead. This bonus is hard-coded so there is no need to register for it.

Amex is offering a 20% bonus on transferred points to Choice Privileges.
Amex is offering a 20% bonus on transferred points to Choice Privileges.

A few years ago, American Express offered a 50% transfer bonus to Choice Privileges, but haven’t had any since, so if you’ve been considering moving some points into Choice Privileges but were waiting for a bonus to do so, now is probably the time.

Choice Airline Transfer Charts
Choice Airline Transfer Chart

As you can see, the values for transferring Choice Privileges points to any of its airline partners, which include Air Canada, American, Delta, Spirit and Aeromexico, are pretty poor at a ratio of 5 or 6 to one, so I’d suggest not going this route, even taking into account the 20% bonus.

You can redeem for free nights at over 6,000 properties
You can redeem for free nights at over 6,000 properties

In terms of hotel redemptions, when it comes to redeeming Choice Points, you can use them for award nights at over 6,000 of their properties. Choice award nights require between 6,000 to 35,000 points per nigh,t so with the 20% bonus it comes down to 5,000-30,000 Amex points, which is still a lot considering you can generally get much more value out of your American Express points by transferring them to the program’s 16 airline partners.

The Clarion Hotel in Cork, Ireland is available for 8,000 points.
The Clarion Hotel in Cork, Ireland is available for 8,000 points.

However, an example of a decent redemption is for the Clarion Hotel in Cork, Ireland, where the lowest refundable rate was running for 150 EUR ($200) per night in October. However, award nights at this hotel are also available for only 8,000 Choice Privileges points. Since American Express points must be transferred in 1,000 increments, you would need to transfer 7,000 points for an award night here, which would give you a value of 2.85 cents per point.

However, that’s one of the best values for Choice Privileges points I’ve found, so I wouldn’t recommend just transferring to Choice without a specific hotel redemption in mind. You’ll probably also get more value out on an international stay such as one in Europe, so take a look at those hotels if you do want to take advantage of this. As always with transfer bonuses, do the math for yourself and figure out if the specific redemption you’re interested in makes sense for you.

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • 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.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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