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Get a 30% Bonus When You Transfer Amex Points to Etihad

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Last month, Amex added Etihad Guest as a transfer partner, letting you convert Membership Rewards points into Etihad Guest miles at a 1:1 ratio. While you can use Etihad Guest miles to book flights operated by the carrier, including Etihad’s fantastic A380 Apartment, you can often get even more value by using those miles to book partner flights, such as those operated by American Airlines.

For example, here’s what you’ll need to redeem for a one-way flight from New York to Los Angeles:

Program Economy (Miles) Economy (MR Points) 2-Cabin Business/First (Miles) Business/First (MR Points)
Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) 20,000 20,000 30,000 30,000
British Airways Executive Club 12,500 15,625 37,500 46,875
Etihad Guest 12,500 12,500 25,000 25,000

As you can see, Etihad comes out ahead of Amex’s two other transfer partners that allow you to book AA flights: Asia Miles and British Airways. There are many other deals to be had on American Airlines flights and those operated by Etihad’s other partners.

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And now there’s more good news! To celebrate the new partnership, Amex is offering a 30% bonus when you transfer points through June 15, 2016. Under the current promo, you’ll get 1,300 Etihad Guest miles for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points you transfer. Not a bad deal!

With the current promotion, you’ll need just 10,000 Membership Rewards points for a one-way American Airlines flight within the US (in economy) or 20,000 points for a one-way business or first-class flight, and you’ll have a few Etihad miles to spare.

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