Bonus Avios on transfers from from AmEx Membership Rewards

The American Express / British Airways Avios transfer bonus is back. A promo like this runs once or twice a year, it seems. Last time it was a 50% bonus on tansfers; this time around the pair are offering a 40% bonus for US customers transferring Membership Rewards points to Avios. The promo is set to run through September 27, 2012.


This promotion doesn’t suddenly make Avios an awesome redemption value across the board. That said, they do have their purpose in the points ecosystem (Check out a discussion of them in episode 6 of the PointsHoarder podcast) and getting 40% more of them for free is not such a bad deal.

Another advantage of this promotion is that the bonus points are built in to the transfer ratio rather than credited at some point after the fact. Combine that with the instant transfer timing from AmEx to Avios and it means actually booking an award with the bonus points is pretty easy to do.

Oh, and if you’re curious just how many Avios an itinerary will cost, something that their site does a horrible job of displaying when there are connections involved, check out the Avios Redemption Calculator. It will show prices across various single connection itineraries for most valid city pairs.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Hi Seth, I am hoping you or someone responds. I have been trying to do this transfer all day today and keep getting an error from Amex :
    “We apologize for the inconvenience, the system is currently unavailable. Please try your request again by refreshing the page.”

    Is it just me or are others seeing this?

    Thanks! Looking forward to meeting you at FFU in Dec.

    1. I haven’t yet tried this time around, Greg, so I cannot say for sure. If it is urgent I’d say call it in and see what they say on the phone. Otherwise maybe try again tomorrow.

  2. I may make use of this, not entirely sure though. Wish there would be another Delta transfer bonus but thats not looking very promising this year!

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