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Transfer Amex to Asia Miles with 20% bonus (Targeted )
American Express just dropped a new transfer bonus to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles that matches a bonus they ran in the 2021. The BIG CAVEAT is it look like this bonus is targeted, and in the past it has been a one time bonus – meaning single transfer. I’m not sure if that’s the case this time around ( it doesn’t stipulate ), but keep that in mind and if you take advantage of the transfer please let me know down below if it is indeed just a single use. If you’re in the USA, this may be a program that you’re unfamiliar with, and odds are haven’t used, but there could be a good use for you with this offer especially if you’re looking to fly British Airways. Let’s take a look!
Transfer Amex to Asia Miles and get a 20% bonus
What are some good uses of Asia Miles?
British Airways with lower surcharges
Yes, you can significantly reduce the uber high surcharges that BA passes on to you if you opt to book your flights with Asia miles vs another award currency. Here are the prices from the West Coast and then East Coast using Asia Miles to fly on BA or AA
- Business Class from the Midwest or East Coast at just 61k miles
- Business Class from the West Coast is 75k miles
You can see on this BA flight from JFK to LHR that the taxes and fees are under $250
Better award avail for Cathay Pacific First and business class
Cathay Pacific has a few different award charts, but you’ll want to focus on “standard” since it provides the cheapest redemption rates.
You can have access to more award space and lock in business class to Asia from Anywhere in America for 85k miles – just 71k Amex Points with this bonus.
One of my favorite first class experiences is Cathay Pacific First Class. It’s very rare to find award space outside of 14 days from departure if booking with a partner airline, you’ll need to look 10 months way from today. However, Asia Miles gives greater access, but you’ll end up spending more miles than you would on Alaska Airlines, for example. Prices range from 110k to 125k depending on if you’re flying from the west coast or east coast of the USA which is 92k to 105k with the current bonus.
Fly up to 14k Miles in Business Class for 135k points when transferring to Asia Miles
As I mentioned up above, Asia Miles has a bunch of different award charts. If you really want to stretch your miles, one of the dopest uses involves a TON of business class flying, 14k miles to be exact, for only 135k miles. Check out the link above if you want to read all the ins and outs, but when you use their multi-partner award chart, which requires you building an itinerary with 2 non Cathay Pacific airlines, or 3 airlines if you include Cathay Pacific, you can really stretch your miles.
Will you take advantage of this Amex transfer bonus?
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
Super solid welcome offer.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.