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Instant airline mile transfers from Amex Membership Rewards

by on Sun May 27, 2012 • 2 Comments

American Express Membership RewardsA little publicized benefit of American Express’ Membership Rewards points program is the ability to transfer points instantly into several miles programs. Normally, point to mile transfers can take several days, but due to the premium nature of Membership Rewards, American Express has direct connections with select carriers. That way you never have to worry about the mileage seat you’re trying to book disappearing while you wait the days for the miles to transfer.

Airlines that offer instant transfer of miles from Membership Rewards include:

  • Delta
  • British Airways
  • Air France / KLM
  • Air Canada
  • JetBlue
  • Frontier
Other airline transfer partners (with transfer times generally 24 hours, though up to a week) include:
  • AeroMexico
  • Alitalia
  • ANA
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • El Al
  • Hawaiian
  • Iberia
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic

The Membership Rewards program is a standard feature of the American Express’ premium Gold and Platinum charge cards. It is available for an additional fee on the base Green charge card.

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2 thoughts on Instant airline mile transfers from Amex Membership Rewards

  1. penny

    So you do not transfer to American or Alaska Airlines?We are deciding on a card for the business today. Please respond ASAP. Thank you

    1. MileCards

      @Penny – The Membership Rewards based American Express charge cards do not. However the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express does, though there is a lag of about a week for mile transfers.


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