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Club Premier, Aeromexico’s frequent flyer program, may not be your first choice for earning and redeeming miles. But, with a host of SkyTeam partners and strategic partnerships with other airlines in the Americas, there's value in unlikely places in Aeromexico’s award chart.
Club Premier's quirk lies in its points. Enter an award search between any two destinations in your favorite award search engine, and Club Premier comes back as one of the most expensive awards on the list.
But face value doesn’t tell the entire story. Club Premier awards are based on kilometers rather than miles. To get an accurate comparison, you need to divide the number of Premier Points by 1.6 to arrive at the number of ‘miles’ a flight will cost.
The transfer rate from Club Premiers best transfer partner, Membership Rewards, reflects this, and converts points at a 1:1.6 ratio. Premier Points used to be KmP’s, and you’ll find them referenced as Kilometer Points, KmP’s, Miles, all over the net.
“In order to position our currency, we have migrated from Premier Kilometers (KmP) to Premier Points, maintaining the same value. Previously, KmP made reference to distance, whereas today, being a coalition loyalty program, the Points give us a chance to tie with more categories of consumption, both travel and daily spending.
Club Premier is formed from one point: Premier Point, the currency in which more than 100 Affiliated companies participating in the program are rewarded on a daily basis the loyalty of more than 4 million Club Premier, for who the union of all its points represents the opportunity to be closer to their dreams.
No matter how you knew them as: kmp, kilometers premier, aeromexico km, aeromexico points, kmp aeromexico, kmp club premier, premier club kilometers, miles Premier, AeroMexico miles, etc … are now Premier Points.”
Although Aeromexico made a valiant attempt at clearing up the confusion, they didn’t change the value of Premier Points, only the name. So the value is still the same and to make any sense of the program you still need to divide everything by 1.6 to compare it with miles.
It hurts that the co-branded cards earn in Miles, which Club Premier then converts to Premier Points (and still references points as KmP on credit card application pages).
How to Earn Aeromexico Club Premier Points
Aeromexico has over 100 partners to help members build a balance of Premier Points. You can earn points on Aeromexico and airline partner flights, via hotels and car hire agencies, partnerships with major retailers, and shopping in the Mall Premier (online mall).
You can also purchase Premier Points after one month of Club Premier membership.
Besides earning points on flights and purchases, Aeromexico offers three co-branded credit cards through US Bank:
The AeroMexico Visa Signature® Card offers 20,000 bonus miles (32,000 Premier Points) after making the first purchase on the card, complimentary checked bag, and double miles on gas, groceries, and purchased Aeromexico flights & holiday packages. You’ll also receive 4,000 bonus anniversary miles (6,400 Premier Points) and a free companion certificate valued at $99 upon account renewal. The card has an $80 annual fee, waived for the first year.
There is also an option to earn Club Premier points for members without a credit history, or that have run afoul of financial difficulty in the past. The AeroMexico Visa® Secured Card is perhaps the only secured rewards earning credit card to offer a signup bonus (a very cool offering for anyone trying to raise your credit score) with the ability to earn miles/points that can be redeemed across the entire SkyTeam alliance, in addition to other partners.
Transferring Points to Aeromexico Club Premier
Club Premier is a transfer partner of two of the four big flexible rewards currencies at the following ratios:
- American Express Membership Rewards – 1,000:1,600 (transfers can take up to two weeks)
- Starwood Preferred Guest – 1,000:1,000 (transfers take approx 5 days)
American Express Membership Rewards’ points transfer to Club Premier at a ratio of 1:1.6. To work out the number of Amex points a flight will cost, divide the number of Premier Points by 1.6 (i.e. U.S. to Europe round-trip flights in business require 160K Premier Points, or 100K Membership Rewards points).
This is by far the best transfer option, effectively turning Premier Points into miles via the conversion rate. Amex also runs occasional bonus points promos when transferring to Aeromexico. The last one being an additional 20% which is a significant haul when measured against the business class awards to Asia and Europe.
SPG transfers, on the other hand, are not nearly as generous. Members can transfer SPG points to Club Premier points at a 1:1 ratio. In comparison to Amex points, this is not a wise use of your Starpoints and not a transfer we’d recommend. You still receive an additional 5,000 miles when transferring in batches of 20,000 SPG points, but that doesn’t quite cover the value gap left by the 1:1 transfer, and is not a wise use of Starpoints.
Transferring Membership Rewards allows you to book flights with points earned on some of our favorite rewards earning credit cards:
- The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
Search and Book Club Premier Awards
We've covered how to book Aeromexico awards in another post, so we won't dig too deep here. Suffice to say that awards for U.S. residents, both for flights on Aeromexico and on partners, must be done over the phone by calling 1-855-412-2650.
You need to search for partner award availability elsewhere (try Korean SKYPASS, Delta, or Air France) as the Club Premier award booking engine is in Spanish, and only shows Aeromexico awards.
Award knowledge and English language skills can be tricky to nail down in the same phone representative, but if you are patient and don't mind calling back a few times, you'll eventually get the right rep who knows the award booking process.
For a full breakdown, see our post on how to book Club Premier Awards.
Aeromexico Club Premier Airline Partners
Aeromexico partners with the following airlines via the SkyTeam alliance:
- Aerolíneas Argentinas
- Air Europa
- Air France
- China Airlines
- China Eastern
- China Southern Airlines
- Czech Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Kenya Airways
- Korean Air
- Middle East Airlines
- Saudia Saudi Arabia
- Vietnam Airlines
- Xiamen Airlines
In addition to SkyTeam partners, Club Premier also partners with a number of other airlines, including two from Star Alliance and one of our favorites, Alaska Air.
- Alaska Airlines
Sweet Spots and Best Value Awards
One thing to keep in mind when viewing Aeromexico's award chart is that point values are vastly different to the miles most flyers are familiar with. To get a correct comparison, divide the required Premier Points by 1.6 and you'll reach the number of points an award will cost if you're transferring Membership Rewards.
U.S. to North Asia Round-Trip in Business for 180,000 Premier Points (112,500 Membership Rewards)
Aeromexico splits Asia up into four zones, with North Asia covering just Japan and South Korea. The award rate is fantastic at 180K Premier Points for a round-trip business class fare. The flight we priced up on the phone from New York (JFK) to Seoul (ICN) attracted US$276 in additional fees and taxes. This includes a mandatory $25(ish) booking fee applied to all award flights.
U.S. to Europe Round-Trip in Business for 160,000 Premier Points (100K Membership Rewards)
Business class flights to Europe are another winner pricing in at 160K Premier Points, although the additional surcharges hefted on members can run close to $1,000 return from the continental U.S. Award availability on SkyTeam partner Air France is fairly good, and while the rate isn’t quite as good as Korean SKYPASS at 80K, it has Delta beat, and is a competitive business award.
U.S. to Russia Round-Trip in Business for 160,000 Premier Points (100K Membership Rewards)
Pushing the Europe awards to the limit, you can fly business class on SkyTeam partner Aeroflot for 160K Premier Points and just under $500 in additional fees. Unlike many other programs, Club Premier treats all of Russia as part of Europe, so you can fly as far as Vladivostok for the same award rate as a flight to London (and ironically pay less in ‘fuel’ surcharges).
SkyTeam™ Go Round the World Award Tickets
The SkyTeam™ Go Round the World Award Ticket offered by Club Premier is the best value round-the-world award option available from any frequent flyer program.
- Economy Class – 224,000 Premier Points (140,000 Membership Rewards)
- Clase Premier/Business Class – 352,000 Premier Points (220,000 Membership Rewards)
The ticket allows you up to 15 stopovers (max 5 per continent), on all routes served by SkyTeam™, valid for one year after the date of issue. There are a few rules you must adhere to, and Aeromexico passes on added fees and charges on all partner flights, but on the whole, this is the best round-the-world award out there.
Is it worth investing in Club Premier? That depends on your travel goals, but there is definitely value for certain travelers. The round-the-world tickets are the best available, offering up to 15 stopovers anywhere on the SkyTeam network which would be perfect for a gap year. And at only 140,000 Membership Rewards points in economy, pretty affordable at that.
Round-trip in business to Asia on Korean is a good deal at 180K Premier Points, particularly if you can catch a transfer bonus from Membership Rewards.
Flying from the U.S. to the east coast of Russia on a Europe award rate is another fairly unique feature of the program. Whether Vladivostok plays into your travel goals is another question…
If you have any experiences to share on Club Premier or Aeromexico in general, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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