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It looks like Membership Rewards is finally starting to bring back some transfer bonuses. This transfer bonus is a 30% bonus to British Airways new Avios system, good through January 31, 2012. I know that Avios is a four letter word to some travelers who very much miss the old BA mileage chart, but as I pointed out in this post, the new Avios system does have some really good redemption values for shorter flights that contain a hub city as either the origin or destination. For my personal travel needs right now, Avios is actually pretty useful so I may concentrate a little bit more on Amex in the short run in order to take advantage of the 30% transfer bonus. The shortest round-trip flights using Avios are 9,000 Avios points, so with this 30% bonus all you need is to do is transfer 7,000 Membership Rewards points to get the resulting 9,100 Avios points (transfers must be done in 1300 Avios increments.
Transfer bonuses are the key advantage that American Express Membership Rewards has over Chase’s Ultimate Reward system (of which British Airways is also a transfer partner), so I am happy to see them bringing back a little transfer bonus action.
If you are looking to get a card that earns Membership Rewards, there are a few listed in my Top Family Credit Card Deals section. I will probably be pulling out my Platinum Amex today when doing some Black Friday shopping to boost my Avios balance up some in the near future!
Thanks so much to James for emailing me to let me know of this transfer bonus!