American Express Membership Rewards has targeted some customers with a lucrative points transfer bonus, offering a whopping 40-50% boost on mileage transfers to British Airways Executive Club and Marriott Bonvoy.
American Express offers these bonus conversions on a revolving basis throughout the year and in various countries (different transfer conditions apply to each countries Membership Rewards program so check your personal offers online).
This current 40-50% British Airways transfer bonus is targeted towards U.S. based Membership Rewards members and can be found in the online account under the Membership Rewards section.
Another 50% transfer promotion which is also targeted has been made available for Marriott Bonvoy:
A 40% boost is very attractive for a points transfer even though British Airways isn’t the best program around for Premium Award redemptions in many cases. I do appreciate that you can book pretty much anything online with BAEC without having to involve a phone agent. What I hate about them is the blocking of Cathay Pacific inventory that’s going on for a while now once you get closer to the departure date.
Transferring Amex points to Marriott Bonvoy might not make a lot of sense considering the value, even with a 50% bonus. You have to decide on a case by case basis.
This could be a fantastic opportunity for those with many Amex points in their account to offload them to British Airways. Too bad this isn’t available to all customers, I really don’t like targeted transfer offers like these as I believe all members should be able to profit from this once the points have already been accumulated.
Keep in mind though that BAEC and Iberia Plus club will levy fuel surcharges on most connections, especially those operated by British Airways themselves.