I logged into my Membership Rewards account and saw the following offer this morning, when selecting British Airways I get Limited Time Offer 40% Bonus BA Miles! and mousing over reveals:
You can get 40% more BA Miles from British Airways just by transferring Membership Rewards® points to your British Airways Executive Club account now through March 31, 2011.
It’s restricted to ‘one bonus per cardmember’ so only your first transfer during the promotion period will earn the 40%. Choose your transfer amount wisely!
Transferring 72,000 Amex points to British Airways would yield enough miles for roundtrip business class on Cathay Pacific from North America to Asia, grab a free stopover in Hong Kong and travel as far as Bali. That’s a pretty excellent deal.
Things to keep in mind about British Airways, though:
- You don’t want to ‘mix partners’. If you don’t live in a city where Cathay Pacific flies from, you’re not going to include a flight to that city on an airline like American or Alaska because more than one partner on a British Airways award causes the award price to shoot up dramatically.
- British Airways award availability in premium cabins is excellent from the US to London, and from London to places like Africa. But they do add fuel surcharges onto awards, I recently ticketed US – Paris via London roundtrip in Business Class and the taxes and fees totaled about $575. Actually traveling back from the UK is about $150 more than that because of the UK premium cabin departure tax. But availability is excellent.
BA allows unlimited stopovers as long as you’re traveling in the same direction, most direct route. US to South America to Easter Island all on LAN could be done for just 80,000 miles roundtrip in business class. There are some nice award values out there.
Personally I view this offer as way more valuable than the 50% bonus on Delta which at least was stackable with a 30% transfer bonus on Delta for folks that had never transferred from Membership Rewards to Delta before. I’ll take a 40% bonus to BA over an 80% bonus to Delta any day.
Now, in the end I always like preserving my flexibility so I don’t transfer Amex points just because of most bonuses. But if you have a specific notion for how to use BA miles this is a great time to do so.
Note that the 40% bonus is for the US program, I don’t have an account with other country Membership Rewards programs but I do see a reference on Flyertalk to a 30% bonus from the UK program. I just can’t independently verify it.