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One of the many things that comes to an end on 12/31/2013 is the 20% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards program to British Airways. This transfer bonus has been going on since mid-October and it isn’t the largest bonus ever, but it is better than nothing if you need more Avios in the near-term future. The Membership Rewards program has had previous transfer bonuses to Avios that were as high as 50% in 2012. The most recent transfer bonus was a 35% transfer bonus that ended in June 2013.
Transfer bonuses are one of my very favorite things about the Membership Rewards program. They make the points that you earn with cards like The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card, or The Mercedes Benz Platinum Amex stretch that much further, which is key when you are earning and spending miles and points for a whole family.
I get some serious value out of using Avios on flights with partners like American Airlines. This is the best miles and points deal out there for short, but expensive flights serviced by British Airways partners. With this 20% transfer bonus, flying from the West Coast of the United States to Hawaii and back on partners American Airlines or Alaska will cost just 20,000 Membership Reward points when booking via British Airways, instead of the normal 25,000. Here is a post with some of my favorite uses of Avios as well as a step-by-step guide on how to book American Airlines flights with Avios.
Looking forward, you should be able to redeem Avios for US Airways flights when they join the OneWorld Alliance on March 31st. If you want in on this deal remember to do your transfer by 12/31. Also a quick reminder that the Chase British Airways Visa offer that can result in up to bonus 100,000 Avios (with significant spending) is also set to expire on the last day of the year.
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