Get up to 40% more value for Amex points redeemed with transfer partners

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If you’ve ever wanted more value for your Amex Membership Rewards points, this could be the deal you’ve been waiting for. The issuer just announced cardholders can get up to a 40 percent boost in points value with a dozen transfer partners for both hotel and airline accommodations.

When redeemed strategically, transfer bonuses can help you get more value out of your rewards. This new offer from American Express could substantially increase your rewards value depending on the loyalty program you transfer points to. Here’s what you need to know about this deal.

Amex transfer partner bonus details

From now through Sept. 30, 2021, eligible U.S. cardmembers can transfer their Membership Rewards points to participating airline partners, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus and more and receive up to 40 percent more value for their points. And from now through Oct. 31, 2021, Amex cardmembers can also earn 30 percent more value with Membership Rewards points at Hilton and Marriott properties.

Who’s eligible for this bonus?

The transfer bonus only applies to U.S.-based cardholders. But as long as you have an Amex card that earns Membership Rewards points, you can take advantage of this offer. Here are some American Express cards that qualify:

Which travel partners are included in this offer?

Airline loyalty programs

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air France / Flying Blue
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Asia Miles
  • Avianca
  • British Airways
  • Delta SkyMiles
  • Etihad Guest
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Iberia Plus
  • JetBlue
  • Qantas
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Virgin Atlantic

Hotel loyalty programs

  • Choice Privileges
  • Hilton Honors
  • Marriott Bonvoy

Should you transfer your Membership Rewards points now?

American Express has never offered this type of premium on transfer bonuses. There are plenty of partners to choose from and a 40 percent boost on your rewards could mean 100,000 points ($1,000 value) could be worth up to $1,400 with the right ones.

Even if you don’t have any trips planned, it could be a good idea to plan travel far in advance just to take advantage of this deal. (Be sure to check cancellation policies first). If you’ve got travel planned in the near future, you can also use your boosted points to get better deals or luxury accommodations like business class on international flights.

For more information on this offer and American Express travel rewards, refer to your Membership Rewards account. For guidance on using American Express travel, check out Bankrate’s guide to the American Express travel portal.

All information about the Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express, Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card and the American Express Green Card has been collected independently by Bankrate and has not been reviewed or approved by the issuer.

Written by
Aja McClanahan
Personal Finance Writer
Aja McClanahan is an author, blogger and speaker on personal finance and entrepreneurship. Aja is the author of "How a Mother Should Talk About Money with Her Daughter."
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