We are often asked “how do I transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into United Airlines miles”? Until now, the answer was “you can’t.”
Well, because of the United Airlines and Continental merger there is now an easy loophole that lets you do just that with a bit of legal mileage laundering. The catch is, it ends in September 2011 when Continental Airlines leaves the American Express Membership Rewards program.
In the mean time, you can instantly transer your miles directly to a United MileagePlus account. Here’s how…
1. Transfer your miles to Continental OnePass
This feature has been part of Membership Rewards for years. Just choose the amount you want, enter your Continental account number to link, and the miles will show up in your OnePass account that day. If you don’t have a Continental OnePass account yet, create one — it’s free. You’ll need it to briefly (we mean a few minutes) hold the miles before you transfer them from there to United.
2. Transfer miles from Continental OnePass to your United MileagePlus account
Because of the merger, United and Continental are now letting you link your separate mileage accounts on each carrier. They then let you transfer miles back and forth between them as many times as you want. Later in 2011 or early 2012 the accounts will simply be merged. Use this page to enter your account information and execute a transfer:
And that’s it. You miles should show up instantly and are ready to redeem with the rest of your MileagePlus miles.
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