What Airlines Can You Transfer Membership Rewards To?

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American Express Membership Rewards can be transferred to 17 airline loyalty programs. Additionally, you can transfer Membership Rewards to 3 hotel rewards programs.

American Express Membership Rewards

Programs That You Can Transfer Your Membership Rewards To

Checking out the American Express Transfer Points to a Loyalty Program page, you can transfer your points to 17 different airlines and 3 hotel partners. Here's the full list and transfer ratio of each partner program:

American Express Membership Rewards Transfer Partners

Membership Rewards Transfer PartnersMinimum Points to TransferTransfer RatioTransfer Time
Aeromexico Club Premier1,0001,000:1,600 Premier Points1-2 days
Air Canada Aeroplan1,0001,000:1,000 Aeroplan MilesInstant
Air France/KLM Flying Blue1,0001,000:1,000 Flying Blue MilesInstant
Alitalia MilleMiglia 1,0001,000:1,000 Alitalia Miles1 day
ANA Airlines Mileage Club1,0001,000:1,000 ANA Miles1-2 days
Avianca LifeMiles1,0001,000:1,000 LifeMilesInstant
British Airways Avios250250:250 British Airways AviosInstant
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1,0001,000:1,000 Asia Miles1-2 days
Delta SkyMiles1,0001,000:1,000 SkyMilesInstant
El Al Matmid Club1,0001,000:20 Matmid PointsInstant
Emirates Skywards1,0001,000:1,000 Skywards MilesInstant
Etihad Guest1,0001,000:1,000 Etihad Guest MilesInstant
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles1,0001,000:1,000 Hawaiian MilesInstant
Iberia Plus250250:250 Iberia AviosInstant
JetBlue TrueBlue250250:200 TrueBlue PointsInstant
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1,0001,000:1,000 KrisFlyer Miles1 day
Virgin Atlantic FlyingClub1,0001,000:1,000 Flying Club Miles1 day
Choice Privileges Rewards (Hotel)1,0001,000:1,000 Choice Privileges PointsInstant
Hilton Honors (Hotel)1,0001,000:2,000 Hilton Honors PointsInstant
Marriott Rewards (Hotel)1,0001,000:1,000 Marriott RewardsUnknown

Transferring Membership Rewards to loyalty programs can provide great value, check out 5 great transfer strategies for Membership Rewards.

How Can I Earn Membership Rewards?

To earn American Express Membership Rewards, you'll need a credit card from American Express connected to the Membership Rewards program. These cards include:

American Express Membership Rewards are one of the most flexible travel rewards currencies available. If you're looking at cashing in your Membership Rewards with one of their transfer partners, check out some Loyalty Program Sweet Spots we put together.

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What Airlines Can You Transfer Membership Rewards To?
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Comments

  • I like the Delta rate, not so much the Hilton rate.

  • If only the transfer rate to SPG was 1000:1000…lol.
    One can keep dreaming, right? 😉

  • Good one. I didn’t realize JetBlue transfer is still possible. thanks,

  • There should be a footnote in the chart above indicating that it’s a reeeaaally bad idea, value-wise, to transfer one’s MR points to Plenti.

    • Thomas, as odd as it sounds, Plenti could be lucrative with a transfer bonus if you were interested in possibly product reselling.

      • Likely true, but in terms of redemption value, (admittedly through my premium-cabin-colored-glasses) if a typical international J ticket has an ACV of say $5,000 and costs about 80,000 points/miles, then one is getting a value of over $0.06/1 point, whereas one wouldn’t be getting nearly that type of return on any Plenti redemption. Of course one can massage the numbers to make it closer…maybe a similar biz itinerary could be found for $2500, and maybe simultaneously there is a 50% bonus for Plenti transfers…that would bring the cash values of the redemptions closer together, sure, but at its core, the tying of the Plenti point to a penny means one will never realize any truly out-sized value from that program. I do recognize, however, that in the end it ultimately depends on what the redeemer wants (much like beauty, value is in the eye of the beholder); but personally, I’d always take the J seat instead of the merch!

  • Membership reward points are great and flexible for travel. This is especially true when there is a transfer bonus going on with amex to other airlines.

  • While it may be possible to sometimes earn more rewards on other cards the sheer number of airlines and hotels that you can move American Express Membership Rewards to makes this my favorite card.

    Transfers usually seem to be reasonably quick, so I normally let my points sit in Amex MR until nearer the time I want to redeem and then I move to the appropriate airline or hotel.

  • They really need to increase the number of partners in Canada!

  • I have chosen not to collect Membership Rewards points. I prefer Chase Ultimate Rewards where I believe I am getting greater value when redeeming my points. The best value for me is redeeming 60,000 Ultimate Reward points for a saver award to Europe with a free stopover.

  • Never, ever transfer to Hilton from Membership Rewards. So much better options. I am a big fan of Hilton myself but transferring to Hilton generally not the best idea

  • ADAM PARSONS says:

    The Delta exchange rate is good, agree never unless need a few points from MR to HH.

  • Andres Recalde says:

    Thanks for the chart! Would it be possible to add in relative value of these transfers? I’m relatively new to many of these programs so I’m never sure which are the better transfers!

  • This list is slightly different in Europe. For example, Flying Blue transfers at 5:4 and Delta at 3:2.

  • Great post! Membership Rewards points are really flexible for travel!

  • I have to agree with Ed regarding preferring the UR program over MR. Favoring UR didn’t happen overnight for me, but grew over time.

  • James Eastwood says:

    I’m collecting MRs like candy right now for Jetblue transfers because there aren’t that many ways to earn Jetblue miles and I’m tired of flying coach from the west coast when I fly back east. Hopefully they’ll have a transfer bonus offer soon so the rate can be a little better!

  • Can’t beat ana

  • Miguel Jauregui says:

    I just rec’d an email today that JetBlue is now offering free WiFi service on all domestic flights. That’s a great reason to move miles to JetBlue and make up for some of the lack of a great transfer ratio!

  • Thank you for the list of transfer points. Wish Starwood and jet blue had better values… Like to use them often.

  • Great discussion as always Howie. Do you know of any current transfer bonus offers for Membership Rewards?

  • Etihad could be an option when they have big discounts on award redemption s . I see some value in there

  • Almost every American Express card application you see will have language to the tune of “welcome bonus available to those that have never received the bonus”. It is slightly different than that, but the gist is that if you’ve received the bonus, you won’t get it again. I’ve not seen one without such language.

  • I use sometimes Membership rewards to keep the account alive.
    When I need to redeem miles for a flight another aspect I consider is the time necessary for the transfer.

  • I’ve heard there are Bonusses sometimes on the Transfer – are these only for us-Cards? Or are these internationally?

  • Seems strange that the BA transfer rate is worse than the other members of OneWorld Alliance, no?

  • Would love to know why the transfer partners are SO much more limited in Canada. I would love to transfer directly to Iberia Plus without having to transfer to BA Avios first and combine accounts.

  • What do you consider the easiest partners to use MR rewards with? And the most difficult?

    • I don’t know about easiest, but ones that I find easy are: Air Canada, Air France, Delta, and JetBlue. That isn’t to say others are easy/difficult, but rather I find it generally easy to use their websites and book. As for most difficult perhaps El Al or Cathay Pacific?

  • Nan Wood says:

    May I redeem my reward points for a flight on united airlines

  • Can you transfer to airlines from the old Amex Blue for Business. I heard that only the newer Amex Blue for Business Plus can transfer MR to airlines. I have only 2 days to cancel my Business Gold and dont want to lose my 100kMR.

  • Thank you so much for the very prompt answer which I needed.

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