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Complete List of American Express Membership Rewards Points Airline and Hotel Transfer Partners & Bonus [2021]

UPDATES:
  • Get a 30% bonus Air France KLM Flying Blue when you transfer Membership Rewards points through August 15, 2021. Please note, this promotion is offered directly by Air France KLM Flying Blue, not American Express. 

Membership Rewards (MR) is the rewards points program that you earn with American Express Cards. The best way to get the best value out of your MR points is to transfer them to loyalty programs that partner with American Express. Your MR points are worth so much more when redeeming them this way. The way it works is you transfer your MR points to a frequent flyer airline for miles at 1:1 ratio, and you then can use those miles to redeem for a flight that the cash price costs more than 1 cent per mile. 

In order to be able to transfer your MR points to frequent flyer programs, you need to have one of the American Express Cards that earns the MR points and can directly transfer those points to Amex partners.

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    Amex Airline Transfer Partners



    Amex Hotel Transfer Partners



    Amex Membership Rewards Points Transfer Ratio, Transfer Time & Transfer Fee

    Below is how long Amex MR points typically take to transfer based on data points from the miles and points community.

    Please note that Amex does charge a small federal exercise tax fee of 0.06 cents per 1,000 points when you transfer MR points to US frequent flyer programs such as Delta, JetBlue, and Hawaiian Airlines. The fee is capped at $99. Amex also offers you to pay that exercise tax fee using your MR points, but don't do it as that's not a good use of your MR points.

    The minimum MR points Amex requires for the transfer is 1,000 points with the exception of the JetBlue program. See the chart below:

    Amex Membership Rewards Points
    Transfer Partners

    Transfer Ratio
    (Min. 1,000 MR Points)

    Transfer Time

    Transfer Fee

    Airline Transfer PartnerMin. MR Points:Airline Miles
    Aer Lingus AerClub1000:1000InstantNone
    AeroMexico Club Premier1000:1000~4 daysNone
    Air Canada Aeroplan1000:1000InstantNone
    Air France KLM Flying Blue1000:1000InstantNone
    Alitalia MileMiglia1000:1000InstantNone
    ANA Mileage Club1000:1000~3 daysNone
    Avianca LifeMiles1000:1000InstantNone
    British Airways Executive Club1000:1000InstantNone
    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1000:1000InstantNone
    Delta SkyMiles1000:1000Instant0.06 cents per
    1,000 points.
    $99 max. 
    Emirates Skywards1000:1000InstantNone
    Etihad Guest1000:1000InstantNone
    Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles1000:1000Instant0.06 cents per
    1,000 points.
    $99 max. 
    Iberia Plus1000:1000InstantNone
    JetBlue TrueBlue 250:200Instant0.15 cents per
    250 points.
    $99 max. 
    Qantas Frequent Flyer1000:1000InstantNone
    Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1000:1000~2 daysNone
    Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1000:1000InstantNone
    Hotel Transfer PartnerMin. MR Points:Hotel Points
    Choice Privileges1000:1000InstantNone
    Hilton Honors1000:2000InstantNone
    Marriott Bonvoy Rewards1000:1000~2 daysNone

    Amex Charges Federal Exercise Fee To Transfer Points
    To US Frequent Flyer Programs

    Which Amex Credit Card Earns Membership Rewards Points?

    The following American Express Credit Cards earn Membership Rewards (MR) points. Earned MR points can directly be transferred to an airline or a hotel loyalty program that has a partnership with American Express:
    Editor's Note: American Express EveryDay Credit Card is a no annual fee credit card. It can earn MR points that can directly transfer to Amex airline and hotel partners. It is also a great card to keep your MR points alive if you need to cancel all your Amex MR points earned credit cards that have an annual fee. 

    How To Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points To Partners?

    It is important to know that transferring Amex MR points to partners is a one-way street. You cannot transfer points back to Amex once the transfer is finalized.

    It is possible to perform Amex MR points to partners transfer online or on the phone. For online:
    • Sign in to your American Express credit card account
    • On the right-hand side, click on Explore Rewards
    • You should see a menu tab in the middle of the page that says Transfer Points. (See screenshot below). Click on it. 
    • Amex should take you to the transfer points page. Click on the View All to see all participating loyalty programs. 
    • Select the loyalty program that you want to transfer. If it is your first time transferring MR points to a specific loyalty program, Amex will ask you to link your loyalty program first.  
    • Follow the web interface to indicate how many points you want to transfer. Simply follow the prompts to finalize the transfer. 
    Remember Amex does charge a small federal exercise tax fee of 0.06 cents per 1,000 points when you transfer MR points to US frequent flyer programs such as Delta, JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines. The fee is capped at $99. Amex also offers you to pay that exercise tax fee using your MR points, but don't do it as that's not a good use of your MR points.

    How To Transfer Amex Memberhip Rewards Points To Partners?


    Should You Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points To Airline & Hotel Partners?

    It is important to keep in mind that you cannot transfer loyalty program points back to American Express once the transfer is complete. While transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to loyalty programs provide the best points value in return, transferring MR points to hotel points is often worse than transferring MR points to airline miles. Airline miles result in the best return value of points.

    The rule of thumb is, transfer only if you know you are going to use those miles. Use these as a guideline to help to make a decision:
    • Search and confirm the award availability of the flight that you want. 
    • Understand how that mileage program works such as how to book, mileage expiration policy, award cancellation/change policy in case you have to cancel. 
    • If you cancel, will you be able to use those miles later on? 

    Generally speaking, the speculative transfer can have a negative impact in a way that you are stuck with a particular airline's frequent flyer miles and are not able to use those miles. Airlines can devalue their award chart and so can hotels, and most programs have policies in place that those unused points can be expired.

    From time to time, American Express offers transfer bonuses that can be lucrative for me personally to perform the transfer speculatively; however, the rule of thumb still applies here that I only transfer if I know I am going to use those miles. For example, I honestly think that Aeromexico Club Premier is one of the worst mileage programs out there. Their award booking site is very limited with search functionality and is almost impossible to use. Their award booking call center is also a nightmare to deal with. So in the end I do not care at all when Amex offers any transfer bonus to Aeromexico Club Premier.

    For what is worth, I have many favorite Amex transfer airline partners such as Air Canada Aeroplan, Air France KLM Flying Blue, Avianca LifeMiles, British Airways Executive Club, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Delta SkyMiles, Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles, Iberia Plus, JetBlue TrueBlue, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

    As far as hotel partners go, I rarely transfer MR points to participating hotel partners unless I need to top off my hotel's rewards account for a memorable award night stay somewhere in the world.

    Amex Membership Rewards Points Current & Past Transfer Bonus History

    Below is the chart for Amex MR points current and past transfer bonuses. These bonus histories are for reference purposes only so you have an idea of when the next transfer bonus is. There's no guarantee the transfer bonus will return, but it's worth waiting it out if you have the flexibility.

    Amex Transfer Partners

    Transfer Bonus

    Offer End Date

    Aer Lingus Aer Club40%October 1, 2019
    AeroMexico Club Premier25%February 14, 2019
    25%November 30, 2018
    20%March 6, 2015
    Air Canada Aeroplan20% (targeted)May 2019
    20% (targeted)November 2018
    10-20% (targeted)December 2, 2017
    Air France KLM Flying Blue30% (offer by AF link)August 15, 2021
    Air France KLM Flying Blue25%April 29, 2019
    25%June 15, 2018
    Alitalia MilleMiglia40%December 13, 2016
    25%October 31, 2016
    Avianca LifeMiles15%April 1, 2019
    British Airways Executive Club40%October 1, 2019
    British Airways Executive Club40%November 15, 2018
    British Airways Executive Club40%September 17, 2017
    British Airways Executive Club50%October 10, 2016
    British Airways Executive Club40% January 31, 2015
    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles10-30% (targeted)March 2019
    10-30% (targeted)September 2018
    Emirates Skywards25%November 22, 2018
    Etihad Guest20%June 15, 2016
    Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles25%June 30, 2021
    Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles25%June 26, 2018
    25%June 21, 2017
    25%June 21, 2016
    25%December 21, 2015
    20%June 23, 2014
    Hilton Honors40%June 15, 2021
    Hilton Honors40%October 31, 2020
    Iberia Plus40%October 1, 2019
    40%November 15, 2018
    50%December 16, 2016
    25%December 31, 2015
    JetBlue TrueBlue40% June 2019
    25%October 1, 2018
    10-30% (targeted)March 25, 2018
    25%November 30, 2017
    25%May 31, 2017
    25%September 15, 2014
    Marriott Bonvoy Rewards40%June 15, 2021
    Marriott Bonvoy Rewards40%October 31, 2020
    Qantas Frequent Flyer20%June 30, 2019
    Virgin Atlantic Flying Club30%July 1, 2019
    10-30% (targeted)November 2018
    30%September 12, 2018
    30%November 30, 2017
    30%May 22, 2017
    30%May 31, 2016
    25%April 30, 2015
    35%November 30, 2014
    30%May 31, 2014
    30%November 30, 2013

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