I’ve previously noted a loophole

I’ve previously noted a loophole that lets you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to United Mileageplus miles, even though United does not participate in Membership Rewards. The gist was transferring Membership Rewards points into Continental miles, transferring the Continental miles into Amtrak points, and then transferring the Amtrak points into United miles. (This method also allowed you to move miles out of Continental and into United.) The loophole has been tightened somewhat:

    Amtrak limits the number of Points that a Member can redeem for Program Partners or Merchants frequent traveler points and/or miles in a calendar year (including but not limited to United MileagePlus, Continental OnePass, Midwest Express Frequent Flyer and Hilton HHonors). The yearly limit for Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Members is 50,000 Points. The yearly limit for standard Amtrak Guest Rewards Members is 25,000 Points.

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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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