Posted by William Charles on August 2, 2019
Airline Rewards

Published on August 2nd, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] American Express Transfer Bonus: 40% To British Airways Avios (1:1.4)

Update 8/2/19: Looks like this is actually 40% only this time and valid until 10/01/19.

Update 8/1/19: This is showing up again

The Offer

Direct link to offer (need to be logged in)

  • You can currently receive a 40% transfer bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios. Normally you can transfer 1,000 MR points and receive 1,000 Avios, during this promotion you’ll receive 1,400 or 1,500 Avios instead (1:1.5)

The Fine Print

  • No end date listed, but it does say ‘If you return to redeem points later, this offer may no longer be available’

Our Verdict

Keep in mind this is one of the transfer bonuses were it will likely only show up once, so don’t navigate to the transfer page until you’re ready to transfer if interested in this bonus. A history of Avios transfer bonuses can be seen below:

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

As you can see 50% is as good as it gets, so if you’re interested I’d do the transfer sooner rather than later. For a full list of all transfer bonuses click here.

 



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Fat Ted
Fat Ted

I definitely had this bonus a few days ago, but don’t have it now. I actually would have transferred today if it was there. I’m probably going to call and complain about this bait and switch. I don’t want to start playing games like this with Amex. It’s already annoying when Amex offers show up right after you could have used them or expire right before an opportune time.

Aloha808
Aloha808

On FM they state that the bonus only lasted 6/10-6/16.

Fat Ted
Fat Ted

This is back for me at 40% and states its available until 10/1.

scott
scott

I got the 50% bonus offer last week. I did log out and then logged in later in the day and found the offer was still there, and I transferred some points over. I just checked today and no longer saw the offer.

A S
A S

I don’t see it as well now.

Cap

Is anyone else avoiding logging into AMEX altogether, except to make Payments?

There was the 30-50% bonus to Hilton late last year. Amazon even offered 1/2 cent redemption for Hilton points. We’ve had bonuses to BA, AC, VS, QF, among others this year too.

I understand it’s a free bonus and we are lucky AMEX gives it to MR members and all that jazz…

But ain’t nobody got time for these Here-Today-Gone-Tomorrow AMEX shenanigans.

Davidrotts63
Davidrotts63

Died Monday morning

Talent Hacker
Talent Hacker

This offer was not for every Amex customer. IT was targetted to some people and unfortunately, I wasn’t the lucky few

Matt
Matt

I have a bonus of 40% with a transfer deadline of 10/1

DH
DH

1:1.4 through October 1st for me

Gibunono
Gibunono

The August one seems a public offer at 40% bonus and with a promo end date of October 1. Anybody can see 50% boost offer?

Mali
Mali

I can see the offer when I navigate through “explore you rewards” and the offer is in “special promotion for you”, expires 10/01/19 William Charles

Ed A
Ed A

I was trying to transfer AMEX points to BA but clicked on the offer and it wouldn’t open but showed it was loading. I didn’t want to refresh the page as I might lose the offer so I tried chat and they referred me to “offer team” at 800-528-4800. Their person was able to quickly transfer the points with the 40% promotion without much ado.

ZT
ZT

I am seeing “Special Offer: Get 40% more Avios when you transfer Membership Rewards points through 10/1/19. See Special Offer Terms” after logging in through the link

TW
TW

Had the offer on both mine and DW, I like to keep my MR stash as close to zero as possible so deals like this are excellent for sweeping.

Pointz
Pointz

Reason to keep them at zero?

Staradmiral
Staradmiral

With all the claw backs and shut downs I am also afraid of stashing MR points. It’s earn and burn for me.

NK3
NK3

I have the BA Avios 1000:1400 transfer again. Also a similar transfer bonus for Aer Lingus and probably Iberia (it looks odd but when I click on it, it says there is a 40% bonus). Guess it makes sense, given that you can transfer between the programs.

Mike
Mike

Any thoughts as to whether this is of a real value? I have 50K AMEX points — could this be worth a lot more as 70K BA miles? (I have the 40% offer)

Gerald
Gerald

It depends where and when you want to fly. Probably not a good idea if you have no plans — the Avios could be devalued. If you do have plans, see what award flights are available on ba.com. I think you have to have a BA frequent flyer account to look for award flights, but of course you’d need one to do the transfer.

k.m.
k.m.

hello. speaking from personal experience yes this is of value, although in my situation i bought JAL tickets through the BA website using avios. with the promotion the ticket ended up being cheaper than going directly through JAL and the surcharge was not a crazy amount. i have never bought BA tickets so i can not speak about that.

Joe S
Joe S

I like these a lot for AA short haul flights, though those went up a little in the most recent deval. At 40% I feel safe transferring some to replenish my account even with no specific flights in mind, as I will definitely use them in the future. Worse comes to worse I can use them at hotels also.

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