Amex Launches an Incredible 12 Airline and Hotel Transfer Bonuses For September

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Holy transfer bonuses, Batman!

American Express Membership Rewards are already some of the best points on the market. And now, you can get even more out of them. For the month of September (and October for a couple of hotel partners), Amex is offering transfer bonuses when you convert your Membership Rewards to 12 different airline and hotel programs.

Important Things to Know

  • 10 airline transfer bonuses expire September 30, 2021 — which have now expired.
  • 2 hotel transfer bonuses run through October 31, 2021.
  • Membership Rewards must be transferred in increments of 1,000.
  • Make sure to check out AwardWallet's TransferStat Tool to see the amount of time it takes for transfers to post.

American Express Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses

10 airline programs currently have Membership Rewards transfer bonuses available through September 30, 2021:

  • Aer Lingus AerClub: 40% more Avios (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,400 Aer Lingus Avios)
  • AeroMexico Club Premier: 25% more Premier points (1,000 Membership Rewards = 2,000 Premier points. AeroMexico's normal transfer rate is 1,600 because it is calculated in Kilometers).
  • Air Canada Aeroplan: 20% more Aeroplan points (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,200 Aeroplan points)
  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue: 25% more Air France KLM Flying Blue Miles (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,250 Flying Blue miles)
  • Avianca LifeMiles: 15% more Avianca LifeMiles (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,150 LifeMiles)
  • British Airways Executive Club: 40% more Avios (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,400 British Avios)
  • Hawaiian Airlines: 25% more HawaiianMiles (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,250 Hawaiian miles)
  • Iberia Plus: 40% more Avios (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,400 Iberia Avios)
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer: 20% more Qantas Points (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,200 Qantas points)
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club: 30% more Virgin Points (1,000 Membership Rewards = 1,300 Virgin points)

Two hotel programs have Membership Rewards transfer bonuses available through October 31, 2021:

A Note on Speculatively Transferring Points

As fun and as tempting as this offer is, speculatively transferring your Membership Rewards is never a great idea. With the way airlines devalue their currencies and the ever-changing nature of loyalty programs, speculatively transferring can be a big gamble.

That being said, if you have a trip in mind and are ready to book, then this could be the jackpot.

Redemption Ideas

Pretty much every partner participating in this promotion has its own sweet spots and options for great redemptions. A few that stand out include:

40% transfer to Iberia Avios

Despite a recent devaluation, you can still find Business class flights on Iberia from Chicago to Madrid for 34,000 Avios. With the Amex transfer promotion, that same flight will require you to transfer just 25k Membership Rewards. That is a ridiculously good redemption.

And don't ignore economy redemptions. With a 40% bonus, a one-way award to Madrid in economy will run you just 13k Membership Rewards points.

15% transfer to Avianca LifeMiles

Snag a flight in a premium cabin with Lufthansa. Lifemiles already offers fantastic redemptions for flying Star Alliance partners. Not only is the mileage completely reasonable, but Avianca does not tack on carrier-imposed fees. Add in a 15% transfer bonus and you have a downright awesome deal.

For example, with this transfer bonus, a flight in business class with Lufthansa from Chicago to Frankfurt would require a transfer of just 55k Membership Rewards.

After factoring in the transfer bonus, first-class redemptions (which cost 87,000 LifeMiles) can be booked for as low as 76k Membership Rewards.

For more LifeMiles sweet spots, see our dedicated post: Get a 15% Transfer Bonus When Transferring Amex Membership Rewards to LifeMiles

Other Transfer Partners

We can't go into full detail on all 12 transfer bonuses in this post. Instead, check out our dedicated posts that dive deep into how you can maximize these bonuses:

Best Cards for Earning Membership Rewards

Membership Rewards have always been relatively easy to earn. But lately, Amex has been handing them out like candy, and it's amazing! Some of the best welcome offers currently available are:

Final Thoughts

This unprecedented promotion from Amex is loaded with potential. If you have any trips in mind, check these transfer bonuses to see which makes sense for you. Odds are, one or more probably will.

Which of these transfer bonuses are you most excited for?

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  • These transfer bonuses are great; I took advantage of the Flying Blue 30% transfer back in July for a transatlantic flight in biz for only 41,000 MR + $270. My first points transfer ever, and I got 9.6 CPP for my trouble. I didn’t have a specific trip in mind beforehand, but I quickly pulled from my bucket list destinations, found award availability, and pulled the trigger. Might as well jump on these while the gettin’s good, before the hurricane of devaluations arrives.

    • Congrats, on the top-notch first transfer & redemption! Enjoy that flight 🙂

    • Your phrase “before the hurricane of devaluations arrives” produced an actual physical cringe over here with the very thought. I certainly believe you’re right, and I really, really would like to get in a couple quality redemptions beforehand. Nice job on yours. Let’s hope you lite a fire here.

      • That’s just my Florida showing; hurricanes are such an intimate rhetorical device. I burned down my AA miles in biz on the return for that same trip, as I’m surely going to get more value from them in 2021 than 2022/23. If I’m wrong (I hope I am), then I’ve had a good time, and played a strong hand at the right time. Live to earn (more) miles another day. ✈️ 😀

  • I’m loving all the Amex bonuses and offers we’ve been seeing, but also worried about an upcoming devaluation or the like.

    • Well, with the pandemic, the travel industry is very likely to do that already. Just remember to never transfer speculatively and you’ll be fine.

  • This is certainly AmEx on-a-roll. They have been offering crazy sign up bonus offers and now they are offering great transfer offers. I’m almost inclined to guess that AmEx probably purchased a whole bunch of points from these airlines when they were cash strapped and are now offering these bonuses to have their MR points liability be “expended”. If users exchange the MR for case, its probably not as beneficial for AmEx as they likely got these points at a fairly substantial discounts.

  • Definitely nice to transfer when there’s a bonus. I prefer to keep my points in a flexible currency but there are times that making a transfer makes a lot of sense. I just hope I’m lucky enough to have a transfer bonus when I need to transfer points next time.

  • I guess that a lot of people will travel in the summer of 2022 regardless of what anyway.

  • I wish your Amex Brothers and Sister cardholders over in Europe saw similar promotions

  • It seems that Avianca participates in every program.

  • Meh. I work for the government. No AMEX for me.

  • Nice to hear that!
    But it’s time to include AMEX cards issued by banks
    Thank you!