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The Amex Membership Rewards points you can earn with cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express and the American Express® Gold Card are some of the most valuable credit card rewards out there.
Transferring Membership Rewards points to airline and hotel partners is one of the ways to get the most value from them.
Airline partners like Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic can help you get the best value on first-class award flights.
Not all Amex transfer partners are created equal – make sure to pay attention to the transfer ratios, because they’re not all 1:1.
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When it comes to transferable credit card rewards points, you might automatically think of Chase Ultimate Rewards or Capital One miles. But the American Express Membership Rewards program was one of the first points currencies to allow folks with associated credit cards to convert their hard-earned rewards into miles and points with various airline and hotel partners.
In fact, the Amex Membership Rewards program debuted way back in 1991 with just seven US airline partners. Today, Membership Rewards works with 19 frequent-flyer programs and three hotel loyalty programs. Those numbers are impressive in and of themselves – consider, Chase has just 13 partners total, and Citi ThankYou Rewards has 16, but only airlines.
What sets Amex apart even more, however, is the excellent quality of its partners, and the myriad redemption opportunities they represent.
Here is a comprehensive guide to American Express transfer partners and how to get the most value from your points when taking advantage of them.
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Before you can redeem Amex points, you’ve actually got to earn them. Only a handful of Amex cards – both business and personal – rack up Membership Rewards points. Other Amex rewards cards earn either cash back, hotel points with programs including Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy, or airline miles with programs such as Delta SkyMiles.
Here are the ones to keep in mind:
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressAmerican Express® Gold CardAmerican Express® Green CardAmex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American ExpressThe Business Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
American Express Membership Rewards transfer partners
Now for a quick rundown of the current lineup of Amex Membership Rewards transfer partners.
You can transfer your Amex points to all of the following airline and hotel partners. Points transfer to many of these instantaneously, though some transactions might take a few business days to process.
Most transfer ratios are 1 Membership Rewards point to 1 airline mile or hotel point, but those that vary have been noted.
Aer Lingus AerClub
Aeromexico Club Premier (1:1.6)
Air Canada Aeroplan
Air France/KLM Flying Blue
ANA Mileage Club
British Airways Executive Club
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
El Al Matmid (50:1, only through Dec. 31, 2020)
Etihad Airways Guest …read more
Source:: Business Insider