Published on December 15th, 2014 | by William Charles14
American Express MR To British Airways Avios, 40% Transfer Bonus
Direct link to offer (you’ll need to click British Airways)
- Receive a 40% transfer bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Avios. For example, if you transfer 1,000 MR points you’d receive 1,400 Avios.
The Fine Print
- Transfer bonus valid until January 31st, 2015
- Allow up to 48 hours for the transfer to be made (although these are usually done immediately)
It’s hard to know how much of a good deal this is without knowing what transfer bonuses they’ve offered in the past, so I decided to do a little digging and here is what I’ve found (note, this is only for Avios. I didn’t do it for all transfer partners, I’ll try to do a similar history for each whenever they offer a bonus).
- October 15th – December 31st, 2013: 20%
- April 22nd, 2013 – June 7th, 2013: 35%
- December 3, 2012 – January 14, 2013: 30%
- August 28th, 2012 – September 27th, 2012: 40%
- March 15, 2012 – May 31, 2012: 50%
- March 1, 2012 – March 31, 2012: 50%
- November 28, 2011 – January 31, 2012: 30%
- June 1, 2011 – July 31, 2011: 50%
- February 2, 2011 – March 31, 2011: 40%
- November 2, 2010 – December 31, 2010: 30%
As you can see the 50% is the highest transfer bonus they’ve offered and that hasn’t been since 2012, in fact even in 2013 they didn’t offer anything as high as 40%. I’m going to transfer some of my MR points over to Avios because this is a nice bonus, I’m not sure how many points I’ll transfer just yet as I still need to lock in travel plans for 2015 onwards.
If you’ve recently applied for any of the higher sign up bonuses on American Express cards that earn Membership Rewards points, you should be able to call them to ask them to expedite your points posting, as otherwise they might not post before the January 31st deadline (American Express is typically very good about this). If you’re not sure what bonuses I’m talking about, you might find the following helpful:
- American Express business platinum 100,000 point offer
- American Express business gold 75,000 point offer