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American Express Membership Rewards are some of the most valuable points, allowing you to transfer to 19 different travel partners.

Now American Express is upping the value even more with a fantastic bonus when transferring Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue, Air France and KLM’s mileage program. Now through June 15, 2018 you’ll receive a 25% bonus when transferring MR points to Flying Blue. There appears to be no limit to the amount of points you can transfer. 

Membership Rewards-earning cards include:

Flying Blue announced changes to its award chart back in March — while some routes became more expensive, others now require fewer miles. Still, this transfer bonus can make for some incredibly good redemptions.

For bookings made after June 1, you can fly from New York to Paris (CDG) or Amsterdam (AMS) in business class for just 57,500 miles. With the 25% bonus, that means you’ll only need to transfer just 46,000 Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue for this award, which is a steal for a flight that normally costs a couple thousand dollars. For bookings before June 1, you’d need to transfer 50,000 MR points, still a solid deal. If you can find availability, you could even snag a suite on Delta’s new A350, which is flying from Detroit (DTW) to Amsterdam (AMS) for just 46,000 points.

Flying Blue has some other fantastic options in its award chart. You can fly from the East Coast to Hawaii on Delta for just 15,000 miles one-way or 30,000 round-trip. With the bonus you’d only need to transfer 24,000 Membership Rewards for a round-trip flight. You could also fly from the US to Mexico for as little as 20,000 points round-trip, since Flying Blue only charges 25,000 miles for a round-trip flight.

For more on maximizing Flying Blue miles, read The Top Uses of Flying Blue Miles and 5 Things You Need to Know About Air France/KLM Flying Blue. If you don’t have enough miles for your preferred redemption after transferring your MR points to Flying Blue, remember that you can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points and SPG Starpoints to Flying Blue. Transfers from Membership Rewards to Flying Blue should occur instantly.

Bottom Line

Regardless of the bonus, Flying Blue is still a solid mileage program to transfer your points to. And with the bonus it’s nearly a no-brainer if you have a SkyTeam redemption in mind.

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Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card

This cash back card has a focus on dining and entertainment where you can earn unlimited 4% cash back in those spending categories. You can also earn 2% cash back at grocery stores and 1% cash back on all other purchases.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn a one-time $500 cash bonus after you spend $3000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn unlimited 4% cash back on dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores and 1% on all other purchases
  • No rotating categories or sign-ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus cash back won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how much you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Access to premium experiences in dining, entertainment and more
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, $95 after that
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.24% - 25.24% (Variable)
Annual Fee
$0 intro for first year; $95 after that
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
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