Complete List Of American Express Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses

Periodically American Express offers a transfer bonus when you convert your Membership Rewards points to one of their 21 travel transfer partners.

American Express Membership Rewards Transfer Partners
Airline Partners (1:1 Unless Otherwise Noted)
Delta SkyMilesAeroMexico Club Premier (1:1)Air Canada AeroplanKLM/AirFrane Flying Blue
Alitalia MilleMiglia ClubANAAsia MilesBritish Airways Avios
EmiratesEL AL Israel Airlines (50:1)FrontierHawaiian Airlines
Iberia PlusjetBlue (1.25:1)Singapore Airlines KrisFlyerQantas
Virgin atlantic flying clubEtihadAer LingusAvianca Lifemiles
Hotel Partners (1:1 unless otherwise noted)
Choice PrivilegesHilton Hhonors (1:2)Marriott (1:1)

When deciding if these bonuses are a good deal or not, it’s useful to be able to see what transfer bonuses American Express have offered in the past. If they regularly offer a 40% transfer bonus, there seems little point to transfer when there is a 20% bonus for example.

I wasn’t able to find a list of previous transfer bonuses, so I decided I’d create one instead. I’ve tried to find as many of these past bonuses as possible, if I am missing any let me know in the comments and I’ll update it. I’ll also keep this page updated whenever a new transfer bonus comes along (you can let me know if you see any of these by contacting me). First let’s look at the current bonuses:


Historical Bonuses

These are listed with the newest bonuses being shown first and oldest bonuses being shown last.




Alitalia MilleMiglia Club


As far as I am aware, ANA has never offered a transfer bonus.

Asia Miles

Avianca LifeMiles

British Airways

Transfer rate was reduced to 1:0.8 on October 1st, 2015 and restored to 1:1 on July 13th, 2017.

Delta SkyMiles

  • November 14th – November 30th, 2011: 30% bonus (you also got an additional 15,000 points for every 50,000 points transferred. If you transferred 50,000 points you’d receive a 43% bonus)
  • July 25th – September 30th, 2011: 40% rebate. Every 50,000 points you transferred you’d receive a certificate for 20,000 Membership rewards points. This is actually a 67% point bonus. Downside was that you were required to pay an excise fee of about $30/50,000 points. Certificates took awhile to post.
  • June 9th – September 30th, 2011: 50% bonus, you also received 25,000 MQMs if you transferred 100,000 or more
  • June 1st – June 30th, 2011: 40% bonus if transferring more than 100,000 points. Only 25% bonus if transferring less.
  • April 1st – May 30th, 2011: Up to 40% in rebates (40% on transfers of 100,000 or more points and 25% on less). Works out to be an actual bonus of 67%.
  • January 22nd – May 31st, 2011: 50% bonus and 25,000 MQM’s on transfers of 100,000 or more. Only available for people who haven’t transferred to Delta before.
  • January 18th – March 31st, 2011: 30% bonus
  • November 30th – December 31st, 2010: 20,000 bonus miles (or a $250 Macy’s gift card) for transfers of 50,000 points or more.
  • November 1st – December 15th, 2010: 50% bonus, you also received 25,000 MQM’s on transfers of 50,000 points or more
  • August 11th – September 30th, 2010: 20% bonus
  • May 10th – June 30th: 25% bonus
  • January 23rd, 2010 – February 28th, 2010: Up to 40% bonus (transfer up to 49,000 points and receive 10% bonus, transfer up to 149,000 points and receive 20% bonus, transfer over 150,000 points and receive 40% bonus)
  • January 15th – February 28th, 2005: Up to 20% bonus (22,000 to 199,000 transferred is a 15% bonus, 200,000 or more is a 20% bonus)

EL AL Israel Airlines

(Note: up until February 1st, 2012 the transfer rate was 70:1, instead of 50:1 it is now)

  • November 1st – November 30th, 2013: 20% bonus
  • November 1st – November 30th, 2013: 20% bonus
  • November 1st, 2010 – Unknown end date (most likely November 30th): 25% bonus


  • November 7th, 2013 – November 21st, 2013: 25%


Flying Blue (KLM/AirFrance)

Targeted Bonuses


I don’t think Frontier has ever offered a transfer bonus.

Hawaiian Airlines



There was also a targeted bonus for 40% that ran from November 1st – November 30th in 2014. There was another targeted promotion for 20% that ran from June 28th – September 30th, 2011.


Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

Virgin America Elevate

They also offered the following targeted bonuses:

  • September 15th – October 15th, 2014: 50%
  • November 7th – November 21st, 2012. 50%

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club


Best Western Rewards

  • February 1st – March 31st, 2014: 50% bonus

Choice Privileges

  • October 1st – November 30th, 2013: 20% bonus
  • April 3rd – June 30th, 2012: 25% rebate on points (33% bonus)
  • October 31st – November 6th, 2011: 50% bonus

Hilton Hhonors

Targeted promotions:


SPG Starwood Preferred Guest

Targeted promotions:



Final Thoughts

American Express are offering a lot less of these transfer bonuses these days and are also offering more targeted bonuses which is disappointing on both counts. From now on we will always post when a new transfer bonus comes available, as well as updating this list. Make sure you join the mailing list or follow us on twitter so you can keep up with the latest updates.

Hopefully people find this page useful, if I missed any bonuses please let me know so that I can include them. If you have any ideas for reference articles like this, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to create them when I have the time.

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Based on this list and historical. What are people’s thoughts on a good airline and transfer point redemption? Seems a lot have 20% more etc


What’s the best airline transfer people have seen?


FYI, under Virgin America, you have a Virgin Atlantic datapoint: December 1 – December 31, 2021: 30% transfer bonus


I am a noob in terms of best transfer partners. Can I have some recommendation as I plan on closing the accounts related to MR.


Is this being tracked somewhere else? Seems last posts were on 2019?


William Charles Remove the expired Avianca bonus from “current bonuses”?


William Charles New 25% promo bonus to Flying Blue expiring 11/30/2019: Not sure if targeted but I see it too.


Very helpful, thanks. Noticed a typo under Virgin Atlantic – second line should be 2017.


Aeroplan has a 20% bonus on now, 1000 MR to 1200 Aeroplan.


Thanks for this post. Very useful!