American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways through September 27.
Regular readers know that I’m not a fan of the changes made to the British Airways program back in November. In fact, in anticipation of those changes my Burn, Avios, Burn trip last Thanksgiving to Thailand was partially funded by taking advantage of British Airways transfer bonuses ‘before it was too late’.
But of course British Airways does remain a useful and strategic partner of American Express Membership Rewards. Though there are fuel surcharges added to award tickets whenever a paid ticket would include those (you avoid fuel surcharges when flying to South America, US domestic, and a few other markets). And though the cost of awards are charged separately for each segment. There are some real values to be had — short-distance non-stop awards are downright cheap in the program, starting at just 4500 points each way.
For many, British Airways is the primary way of using American Express points for oneworld partner airlines like American and Cathay Pacific. And there are ways of making the most of these points like transferring them to Iberia when using them for flights on Iberia since that avoids fuel surcharges.
And a 40% transfer bonus makes awards that are otherwise too expensive in their new program much more reasonable.
I’m especially glad to see these American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonuses back. It’s seemed like a dry spell for a program that’s so frequently offered them in the past. British Airways and Delta have been the most bonused in recent times, and I don’t recall seeing a transfer bonus to Delta this year yet.