Posted by William Charles on February 18, 2015
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Published on February 18th, 2015 | by William Charles

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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 KrisFlyerVirgin America Elevate (2:1)
Virgin atlantic flying clubEtihad
Hotel Partners (1:1 unless otherwise noted)
Choice PrivilegesHilton Hhonors (1:2)SPG Starwood Preferred Guest (3:1)

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:

  • None

Historical Bonuses

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

Airlines

AeroMexico

Aeroplan

  • [Targeted] November 12th – December 12th, 2017: 20% transfer bonus
  • November 21st – December 16th, 2011: Up to 25%/25,000 miles (Conversion based on how many miles you transfer. Lowest level transferring 5,000 miles gets 1,000 mile bonus. Highest level 100,000 mile transfer earns 25,0000 mile bonus. More information here)
  • November 22nd – December 5th, 2010: Up to 25%/5,000 mile bonus (1,000 mile bonus if you transfer 5,000 to 9,999 miles, 2,000 mile bonus if you transfer 10,000 to 19,999 miles, 5,000 mile bonus if you transfer 20,000 miles or more). Maximum of one bonus per.

Alitalia MilleMiglia Club

ANA

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

Asia Miles

I also don’t think Asia Miles have ever offered a transfer bonus.

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

Emirates

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

Etihad

Flying Blue (KLM/AirFrance)

  • September 10th – September 16th, 2012: 35% bonus
  • February 1st – February 29th, 2012: 25% bonus

Targeted Bonuses

Frontier

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

Hawaiian Airlines

Iberia

jetBlue

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

I don’t believe Singapore Airlines have ever had a transfer bonus.

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

Hotels

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:

  • October 16th – November 30th, 2014: 33% bonus (going from a rate of 1:1.5 to a rate of 1:2)
  • December 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013, 2013: 33% bonus (going from a rate of 1:1.5 to a rate of 1:2)

SPG Starwood Preferred Guest

Targeted promotions:

Misc

Plenti

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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Thanks for this post. Very useful!

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

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