Best Uses for American Express Membership Rewards Points

One Mile at a Time summarizes some of the best and worse uses of American Express Membership Rewards points. I agree that in general Air Canada and ANA are the best transfer options, though of course it’s best to keep the points in American Express until needed to preserve flexibility (and of course both of those programs have mileage expiration rules).

But something not mentioned in the post is a really neat feature of the program — that via the Membership Rewards website you can link anyone’s frequent flyer mile account you wish and once so linked transfer points into that account. You can have more than one of a particular program linked at the same time. So drop 1000 miles in a friend’s account to top them off towards an award, and then 10,000 into a cousin’s, and finally more miles into your own. I believe this isn’t actually permitted under the rules, but it’s technically permitted by the website.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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