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American Express Membership Rewards is running a 20% bonus on transfers to Qantas. In addition, Qantas is offering a 20% targeted bonus on points transferred in from American Express, thereby increasing the cumulative bonus to 44%. Both bonuses expire on June 30, 2019. With only a few days remaining, we’ve detailed a few noteworthy redemptions.
20% Bonus from AMEX Membership Rewards to Qantas
- Transfer Membership Rewards points by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2019
- Receive a 20% bonus when transferring miles to Qantas
- Points can be transferred in increments of 500
- Click here for a list of American Express cards that earn Membership Reward points
20% Bonus from Qantas
Although the 20% bonus being offered by Qantas is technically a targeted offer sent out by email, it has been reported that this additional bonus seems to be posting for accounts that did not receive an email about the promotion—including new Qantas accounts created immediately before transferring from Amex.
Combined Bonus Potential
Stacking both promotions results in a 44% bonus. So, if you transfer 10,000 AMEX MR points, you will receive 12,000 points through the 20% bonus from AMEX. Once the points enter your Qantas account, you will receive a 20% bonus on the points transferred in, resulting in 14,400 Qantas points.
Using Qantas Points
Qantas is a member of Oneworld and has partnerships with 11 other airlines.
In total, you can book award redemptions with 25 different airlines. Like many foreign carriers, Qantas uses a distance-based award chart. However, sweet spot redemptions are possible—especially if the destination falls into a shorter distance tier.
Short-haul economy on American Airlines
If you have a short-haul award in mind (less than 1,200 flown miles according to Qantas’ Classic Flight Reward Table), a Qantas redemption can make a lot of sense. Distances that fall into Zone 2 (601-1,200 miles) are sweet spots. Routes such as NYC-Miami or Chicago-Austin, only cost 12,000 Qantas points one way. Taking into account the stackable bonuses, you would need to transfer only 8,500 points from AMEX. In comparison, American Airlines and United both require 12,500 miles for flights at this distance, so a redemption with Qantas would yield a savings of 4,000 points.
Business class on El Al from the USA to Israel
Want to fly to Tel Aviv? If you’re originating in NYC, a one-way award is 78,000 Qantas points. Assuming you stack both bonuses, a transfer of only 54,500 AMEX MR points is necessary. Comparatively, a business class award costs 70,000 miles with American Airlines and 85,000 with United. This makes the Qantas redemption a great value as long as you’re not flying from the Western part of the U.S. Here’s a list of a few large cities and the points needed for an award ticket to Tel Aviv.
If you’re considering a redemption with Qantas or any of its partner airlines, taking advantage of this stackable bonus could be a great move. This is especially true if the flight distance maps to a Zone that requires fewer points than by you'd pay with a program that uses a zone-based award chart. You can quickly check the total flight distance using the Great Circle Mapper—just remember to include connecting airports since Qantas calculates prices based on the total distance traveled.
However, even with a solid transfer bonus such as this one, a speculative transfer to Qantas isn’t advisable. We always recommend keeping the flexibility to transfer points to multiple partner programs until you know exactly how you plan to redeem them.
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