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Huge 40% Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios
This is kind of crazy. Just 4 days ago I posted that the Amex to Avios transfer rate had been restored to 1:1 from 5:4. NOW, they’ve gone and given a massive 40% transfer bonus and the rate has changed again from 1:1 to 1:1.4. Historically this is one of the very best transfer bonuses Amex has ever offered in regards to British Airways. Yes, they had published a couple of 50% transfer bonuses last year, but that was when the normal transfer rate was 5:4, and I believe the only time the transfer bonus was higher than 1:1.4 was in 2012 when it was 1:1.5. If you’re thinking of utilizing Avios in the near future, this would be a very good time to do so. There is currently a HUGE 40% Amex transfer bonus to British Airways Avios, and it’s running until 9/17/17
Last Thursday this was announced.
Today…250 = 350 with the 40% Amex transfer bonus
Personally I think that some of the best redemption options for Avios are positioning flights.
Unfamiliar with positioning flights? Read our Monkey Miles Monday Memo written specifically on the subject. You can also watch our tutorial on how to use Avios to fly on partners…
Avios are also a great use intra-Asia where you can fly Cathay Pacific business class on many routes for just 15k Avios.
Another great use of Avios is upgrading a flight
BA releases a considerable amount of award space, and they often release quite a bit of first class space from the east coast to London. What’s the cost to utilize an upgrade? Just the difference in Avios between your cabin of service, and the cabin you’re upgrading to. Let’s take a look at a Business Class to First Class upgrade from JFK to London.
The easiest way to calculate this is by using the Avios Calculator. ( it doesn’t work if you have the USA selected as your home country, so change it to UK. or click this link)
You can search to see how much a Business Class ticket would cost you, and then how much a First Class ticket would cost you. The difference is what you’d pay
In peak times it’s only 20k Avios to upgrade to First Class. Because of the 40% Amex transfer bonus that number drops to just 15k Membership Rewards. Amazing deal.
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