30% Amex British Airways Transfer Bonus Now Live Until January 14, 2013

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The 30% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios I wrote about a couple weeks ago has finally gone live and will be available until January 14, 2013. The bonus is, as usual,  hard coded into the transfer page at Membership Rewards.

I’m actually getting low on British Airways Avios (too many first class redemptions to Europe and Asia this year!), so it’s nice to be able to use my Membership Rewards points and get a bonus on top of them. If you don’t have many Amex and you need Avios, the British Airways Visa Signature Card from Chase, just re-launched another 100,000 Avios bonus. You get 50,000 Avios right off the bat by spending $3,000 within the first 3 months and then another 25,000 with $10,000 total in spend within a year. Plus, an additional 25,000 with $20,000 total in spend within a year.

Decisions, Decisions
Amex also launched a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic until December 29, 2012 that I’m also considering – not because I’m after Virgin Atlantic miles (of all the Virgins, I’ll be considering Virgin America after my recent gold status match), but because I might want some Hilton HHonors points.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles transfer to Hilton at a 2:1 ratio, so instead of the usual 1 Amex point to 1.5 Hilton HHonors points, I’d get 1 Amex point to 2.7 HHonors points, an 80% bonus. If I were to transfer 100,000 Amex points, I’d end up with 270,000 Hilton Honors points – more than enough for an 8-night stay at a Category 6 property like the Hilton Los Cabos, which is only 240,000 points with the GLON rate I get from being a Hilton HHonors Gold elite thanks to having the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card from Citi. Check out this post for more information on maximizing Hilton awards.

So what it comes down to for me is: airline miles versus hotel points? I’m leaning towards the latter, especially since I’m about to become a Hilton Diamond and look forward to redeeming at some of their top properties.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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