There are 17 American Express airline partners, including U.S. companies like Delta and JetBlue. American Express cards with Membership Rewards points (excluding cards co-branded with a business) allow cardholders to transfer their points to these partner companies. Most Amex airline partners allow transfers at a 1:1 ratio. You can view what points are worth when transferred to an airline partner by accessing the Amex Rewards calculator, selecting a card, and clicking on the "Transfer Points" tab.
The American Express transfer partners are JetBlue, Emirates Skywards, Marriott Bonvoy, and 17 other loyalty programs. Cardholders with an eligible American Express rewards card can transfer points to any of these partners, usually at a 1:1 ratio, and then redeem them through that partner's loyalty program. American Express transfer partner categories include airlines, hotels.… read full answer
American Express Transfer Partners List
Air France KLM
All Nippon Airways
Delta Air Lines
Virgin Atlantic Airways
In order to transfer American Express points to a transfer partner, you will need to link your eligible American Express card to the participating loyalty program. Then, log in to the American Express Membership Rewards website. From there, enter the number of points you want to transfer to your chosen loyalty program. Be aware that all points transfers to American Express transfer partners are final.
You cannot directly transfer Amex points to American Airlines.
However, there's a trick that can help book American Airlines flights with Amex Membership Rewards points. First, you'd have to transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest miles. You should know that 1 Membership Rewards point = 1 Etihad Guest mile, estimated transfer time is 5 working days and minimum you can transfer are 1,000 points. You can transfer the points by going to Amex Membership Rewards … read full answerpage.
Now, you can use your Etihad Guest miles to book an American Airlines flight. To do that, contact Etihad Guest Service Center 24 hours before your date of departure. You can check out the redemption options online. The values from the redemption table are the miles required for a ticket redemption based on the distance traveled.
To use Amex points for flights, you need to log in to the American Express Travel center. After that, you can search for your desired flight then follow the usual steps until reaching checkout. There, you can choose to "Use Only Points" or "Use Points + Card" then apply the points to your booking.… read full answer
Few things you should know:
When you use "Pay with Points", the full dollar amount will be charged to your American Express Card and a credit for the amount of Points used will be applied to your account within 48 hours.
If you cancel your booking, points will be returned in the form of statement credit.
A minimum of 5,000 Membership Rewards Points are required to use the "Pay with Points" option.
If you'd like to read more about this you can check out American Express' online guide about how to pay with points.
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