Membership Rewards Partners

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

Airlines

  • 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

Hotels

  • 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

TRANSFER FEES:

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:

The Platinum Card® from American Express
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

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