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Amex offering 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways, Aer Lingus

April 02, 2022
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American Express currently has a few transfer bonus opportunities that could help cardholders maximize their points this spring. Amex is offering 40% bonuses to members who transfer Membership Rewards point to British Airways Executive Club and Aer Lingus AerClub Avios.

Amex is also offering 25% bonuses to members who transfer their Membership Rewards to the Marriott Bonvoy program. All of these offers expire next month.

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This is a chance for travelers to get great value converting their points to Avios, which transfer easily to British Airways and Aer Lingus accounts. It could also help travelers reach their points goals with Marriott for a hotel stay in coming months. Check your American Express account to see if you’re eligible for these deals.

Related: Get more from your points with these 5 transfer bonuses

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for these types of offers in the future, you need to earn Membership Rewards points with an American Express card. Here's our guide to picking the right one for your spending habits.

Transfers to Avios

The Amex offers for both British Airways Executive Club and Aer Lingus Aer Club involve 40% bonuses when you convert Membership Rewards to Avios. That means the transfer is happening at a 1:1.4 ratio, so if you transfer 1,000 Amex points, you’d get 1,400 Avios. This offer is valid through May 15 and is capped at transfers resulting in 999,000 Avios.

This particular transfer bonus is an intriguing opportunity for Amex cardholders not just because of the size of the bonus, but the flexibility you’ll have by converting your points into Avios.

For one, British Airways operates a multitude of flights between the U.S. and London. If you’re looking to get to Europe this summer, the carrier has flights to London from major U.S. airports, which could get you directly to the United Kingdom or connect you to another destination in Europe, Africa or Asia.

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British Airways Airbus A380-800 aircraft. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

On top of that, your Avios can also be used on flights operated by British Airways’ Oneworld Alliance partners like Alaska, American, Iberia and Qatar among others.

(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

Aer Lingus also uses Avios as its reward currency, which gives members the chance to use their bonus miles on several other international airlines including Avianca and Vueling.

Related: Use Avios on short-haul Oneworld flights

Spending Avios

Even if you live in a U.S. city that does not have an airport served by British Airways or Aer Lingus, you can still make use of this Amex bonus transfer opportunity.

For instance, I’m based in the Raleigh/Durham area, and British Airways does not fly to RDU. But I can still book a direct award flight from RDU to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) this June because Oneworld partner American Airlines is resuming direct service to Heathrow.

Randomly picking a seven-day round trip in June, I found nonstop service to Heathrow and back for 41,500 Avios on flights operated by American. If I had 30,000 Amex Membership Rewards points in my account, I’d get a 12,000 Avios bonus if I transferred those Amex points into a British Airways Executive Club account, giving me 42,000 Avios – just enough to cover the cost of this round trip, with the exception of a fairly significant $650.47 in carrier charges.

(Screenshot courtesy of British Airways)

Transfers to Marriott Bonvoy

The 25% bonus transfer opportunity from Amex Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy points could also be a great opportunity if you’re looking to cover the cost of a hotel stay you’re planning in the near future. This offer ends May 31.

Keep in mind, Marriott recently implemented dynamic pricing to its rewards program so that could impact the deals you’re able to find. That being said, let’s take a look at some options for that June week I was looking at in London.

A six-night stay at the Moxy London Stratford, a Marriott property, comes to approximately $1,428, depending on conversion rates. The same stay goes for 131,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, including one free night when you book with points. So, if you had 105,000 Amex Membership Rewards points, transferring those into your Marriott Bonvoy account would get you a 25% bonus, or 26,250 extra points, bringing your total to 131,250 – just enough to cover your stay.

(Screenshot courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy)

Bottom line

If you’re starting to make travel plans for the summer, this bonus transfer offer could help boost your points or miles stash. Be sure to check your Amex account to see what offers you’ve received, and consider how moving your points to each of these rewards programs might help you maximize your rewards.

Featured photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy.

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  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
3XEarn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees