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A History of Amex Transfer Bonuses From 2010-Present

April 11, 2013
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A History of Amex Transfer Bonuses From 2010-Present
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One of the biggest benefits of having American Express Membership Rewards points is taking advantage of transfer bonuses to the program's airline and hotel partners. Unfortunately, these bonuses used to be offered much more frequently. While we are going through a drought, I figured I'd put together a list of past bonuses so you can see any past trends and decide whether it makes sense to redeem now or wait for a new bonus.

I have no inside information, but if I were a betting man I'd bank on seeing a Virgin America or Starwood 50% bonus within the next couple of months, which I personally wouldn't take advantage of. I'd rather see a British Airways 30-50% bonus or even an Air France/Flying Blue or Virgin Atlantic bonus that I could use towards promo awards (though those do carry big fees.)

While this might be wishful thinking, here's a list of past bonuses from 2010 for the US Membership Rewards program. I'm sure I probably missed a couple, so feel free to comment on any and I'll add to the list.

Here's a brief history of Amex transfer bonuses.
Here's a brief history of Amex transfer bonuses.
Transfer PartnerDatesBonus PercentageDurationNotes
AeroplanNovember 22, 2010 – December 5, 201025%11 days5,000 bonus miles for 20,000 points, max
Aeroplan (for Candada Amex only)August 9, 2010 – August 15, 201015%7 days
Flying Blue Air France/KLMSeptember 10, 2012 – September 16, 201235%6 days
Flying Blue Air France/KLMFebruary 2, 2012 – February 29, 201225%28 days
AirTranFebruary 1, 2011 – April 1, 201125%29 daysA different points structure: 1,123 AmEx points get you 1 AirTran A+ credit. The equivalent of 9,000 points is good for one-way coach ticket
British AirwaysDecember 3, 2012 – January 14, 201330%43 days
British AirwaysMarch 1, 2012 – March 31, 201250%31 daysThis is for Canadian AmEx Rewards Program
British AirwaysAugust 28, 2012 – September 27, 201240%31 days
British AirwaysMarch 15, 2012 – May 31, 201250%77 days
British AirwaysNovember 28, 2011 – January 31, 201230%65 days
British AirwaysJune 1, 2011 – July 31, 201150%61 days
British AirwaysFebruary 2, 2011 – March 31, 201140%58 days
British AirwaysNovember 2, 2010 – December 31, 201030%60 days
British Airways (USA Platinum and Centurion)April 1, 2010 – June 30, 201020%91 days
British Airways (UK Amex cardholders)January 23, 2010 – February 20, 2010100%28 days
British Airways (UK Amex)December 3, 2010 – December 24, 201030%21 days
Choice HotelsApril 3, 2012 – June 30, 201225% rebate*89 days33% bonus on an otherwise 1:1 ratio (750 AmEx = 1,000 Choice)
Choice Hotels31-Oct-1150%
DeltaNovember 14, 2011 – November 30, 201130%16 days*Plus a 15,000 bonus with every 50,000 transfer, so with that it would be 43%
DeltaJuly 25, 2011 – September 30, 201167% (40% rebate)68 days*This was a 40% rebate offer, in 50k increments and with a $60 per 100k excise fee. Also, rebate certificates sent 6-8 weeks after transaction
DeltaJune 9, 2011 – September 30, 201150%113 days*Also 25,000 MQMs, requires 100,000 point transfer
DeltaJune 1, 2011 – June 30, 201140%30 days*100,000 or more points. 25% if less
DeltaApril - May 201140% (25% rebate)Approx 2 months*40% on 100,000+, 25% on less
DeltaJanuary 22, 2011 – May 31, 201150%130 days*First time transfers only, 25,000 MQM as well
DeltaJanuary 18, 2011 – March 31, 201130%73 days
DeltaNovember 30, 2010 – December 31, 201067% (bonus, essentially)32 days* 20,000 bonus (or $250 Macy’s card) for 50,000 transfer
DeltaNovember 1, 2010 – December 15, 201050%45 days* 25,000 MQM w/ 50,000 point transfer
DeltaAugust 11, 2010 – September 30, 201020%41 days
DeltaMay 10, 2010 – June 30, 201025%51 days
DeltaJanuary 23, 2010 – February 28, 2010up to 40%36 days* up to 49,000 for 10%, 50 to 149,000 for 20%, 150,000+ for 40%
El AlNovember 1, 2010 – unknown25%unknown
HiltonApril 3, 2012 – June 30, 201225% rebate*89 days*25% bonus on an otherwise 1:1.5 ratio (750 AmEx = 1,500 Hilton)
IberiaSeptember 19, 2011 – not specified, but Iberia rolled into Avios on November 16, 201120%59 days
JetBlueJune 12, 2012 – June 17, 201230%6 days
Priority ClubApril 12, 2010 – June 3, 201020%21 days
StarwoodApril 3, 2012 – June 30, 201225% rebate*89 days*44% bonus on an otherwise 3:1 ratio (750 AmEx = 333 SPG)
StarwoodMarch 1, 2012 – March 31, 201250%31 days
StarwoodSeptember 1, 2011 – September 14, 201125%14 days
Virgin AmericaNovember 7, 2012 – November 21, 201250%14 days*Targeted
Virgin AmericaAugust 27, 2012 – September 2, 201230%7 days
Virgin AmericaMarch 19, 2012 – March 26, 201230%7 days
Virgin AtlanticApril 1, 2012 – May 15, 201225%45 days*Also a 1:2 ratio transfer, Virgin to Hilton
Virgin AtlanticNovember 27, 2012 – December 29, 201235%32 days
Virgin Atlantic3-Jun-1125%Unknown
Virgin AtlanticJanuary 10, 2011 – February 28, 201115%39 days
Virgin AtlanticOctober 1, 2010 – October 31, 201020%31 days
Virgin AtlanticJuly 19, 2010 – July 30, 201015%20 days
Virgin AtlanticFebruary 22, 2010 – at least March 16, 2010 (last mention in post)15%23 days (?)

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