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How just 13000 Amex Points could put you 1st Class
The past week has been a big one for Amex and British Airways. In roughly 7 days we’ve seen the transfer ratio between the brands go from 5:4 to 1:1 to 5:7. THAT IS CRAZY and it creates some very interesting opportunities. Avios get a bad wrap, for a good reason most of the time, but there are some pretty awesome uses, and I thought I’d show you one way that you can get RIDICS value. This is how just 13000 Amex Points could put you in 1st class poppin’ bottles, wearing Pjs, and have you facing the difficult questions…should I be addressed as Mr. Miles the Monkey, or just Miles?
Let’s say you nabbed a great Biz fare or maybe you’re flying on the company dime…This is what you’d have.
It’s lie-flat, but leaves quite a bit to be desired when compared to the competition.
But THIS is what you WANT: Great Champagne, All Aisle Access, cool blue lighting. FIRST CLASS! You’re so close!!! Only 13k Amex Points and Miles will show you how.
You probably already know this, but British Airways award chart has Peak and Off-peak rates.
Let’s say your business class ticket is booked from Boston to London. That route has great First Class award and upgrade availability.
You can search for space on AA. On the left you have space in July ( Peak ) and on the right you have November ( Off Peak )
You can also search on Expertflyer – it’s Z space ( award and upgrade ). You can even set alerts to notify you when it becomes available.
MILES, OMG I SEE SPACE!!!! How much will it cost to upgrade?
Remember, it’s the difference between how many points your business class ticket would have cost, and how much the first class seat that you want would cost.
If your business class flight was in July ( Peak ) it’d be 60k Avios. If it was in November ( off-peak ) it’d cost 50k avios
The first class equivalent: 68k ( off peak ) and 80k ( peak )
So the difference is 18k and 20k, respectively.
Let’s say your flight was in November, and you needed 18k Avios to upgrade. With the current 40% transfer bonus, you’d need to transfer just 13k American Express Membership Rewards to make it happen. Mic Drop!
I’m hoping to use upgrade an upcoming biz flight from LAX to LHR to first class. Fingers crossed 🙂