American Express offers one of the best rewards programs available in the miles and point world. It is considered one of the most value points you can hold along with Chase Ultimate Rewards points and Starwood Preferred Guest points.
One of the reason these program’s points are so highly valued is they are so flexible. You can store you points in each program until you need them and at that time choose to transfer them to a “partner” of the program (i.e. airlines or hotel brand). So if one program doesn’t offer the flight you want, no worries. Or if another program devalues it’s miles simply transfer to another partner that gives you better value.
American Express Membership Rewards are by far the most consistent when it comes to transfer time frames. Chase Ultimate Rewards transfers are instant and Starwood Preferred Guest transfers vary tremendously and can take a really long time.
MEMBERSHIP REWARDS PARTNERS
- Star Alliance: Air Canada Aeroplan, All Nippon Airlines, Singapore Airlines
- Oneworld: British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific
- Skyteam: Delta, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Alitalia, Aeromexico
- Other: El Al, Emirates, Frontier (ends March 4, 2015), Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic
- Starwood (3:1)
- Hilton (1:1.5)
- Best Western (1:1)
- Choice Privileges (1:1)
APPROXIMATE TRANSFER TIME FRAMES
|Aeromexico Club Premier||1000 : 1000||~ 4 to 5 days|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|Air France KLM Flying Blue||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|All Alitalia MilleMiglia Club||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|ANA Mileage Club||1000 : 1000||~ 2 to 3 days|
|British Airways Executive Club||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||1000 : 1000||~ 1 day|
|Delta SkyMiles||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|El Al Matmid||1000 : 20||Instant|
|Emirates Skywards||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|Frontier Early Returns||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|Hawaiian HawaiianMiles||1000 : 1000||Instant|
|Iberia Plus||1000 : 1000||~ 1 to 2 days|
|JetBlue TrueBlue||250 : 200||Instant|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||1000 : 1000||~ 12 to 24 hours|
|Virgin America Elevate||200 : 100||Instant|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||1000 : 1000||~ 1 to 2 days|
American Express charges a federal excise tax offset fee when transferring Membership Rewards points to a US carrier
Carries includes Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and Virgin America
Tax is $0.0006 per point, with a maximum fee of $99.
Best credit card for accruing Membership Rewards points is the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card,
This card offers 3x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, 2x points on gas purchased at US gas stations & groceries purchased at supermarkets.
Other Great cards for earning Membership Rewards points: