How to transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to Airline Miles.

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American Express cards such as the Green Card, the Amex Business Gold Rewards Card, the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card, the Amex Platinum Card, and the Amex Business Platinum Card all earn Membership Rewards points when you spend.  One of the great benefits to this type of points is the flexibility they provide. One way to use Membership Rewards points is using their Pay With Points option which gives you a value of 1 cent per point toward travel booked with Amex Travel, on or on their online shopping mall.  However the best value in my opinion is when you transfer those miles to their partner airline or hotel programs.  Today we are going to show you how to transfer your points to airlines for booking free air travel. Start by going to the Membership Rewards web site , logging in, then clicking on Travel.

Amex Membership Rewards Transfer 1You will then see the option to Transfer Points to airlines.

Amex Membership Rewards Transfer 2Hit Transfer Points and you will see the transfer screen with the available airline options.

Amex Membership Rewards Transfer 3If you click on Hotels on this page, you will see the possible Hotel options.

Amex Membership Rewards Transfer 4If there are transfer bonuses available, you have to click on the name of the transfer partner.   These bonuses can be as much as 50% so make sure to check them out for a way to make your points go even further!  I used a 30% transfer bonus with British Airways a while back to turn 94,000 MR points into 122,000 Avios Miles!

I am going to assume you have already found the flights you want on one of their airline transfer partners such as British Airways.  For example, if you want to go to Cancun from Miami for you and a friend, it is 9000 British Airways Avios round trip each.


So to transfer 18,000 Avios from your Membership Rewards account, you would simply click on the British Airways icon on the Transfer Points screen, and the following screen appears.

Amex Membership Rewards Transfer 5

As you can see, Amex is currently having a 40% transfer bonus with British Airways so you would only need to transfer 13,000 MR points to get the 18,000 Avios needed for your trip.  What a deal! Once you click transfer it can take up to 48 hours for transfers to be completed, but it will usually be quicker so you can hopefully grab those award seats while they are still available.

So there you have it!  How to transfer points from Membership Rewards to Airline Miles! As always, reply with any questions and follow me on Google+FacebookTwitter and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss any great info!  And don’t forget to share this article with anyone who might be interested using the handy social share buttons right below this post!


Author: John Butler

I live in Miami Beach but love travelling all over the world.