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Earlier this month the transfer rate of American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios changed from an even exchange of 1 Membership Rewards point = 1 British Airways Avios point to 250 Membership Rewards points = 200 British Airways Avios.
That means you need 25% more Membership Rewards points than the number of points British Airways Avios charge for an award.
While that’s a disappointing change, it doesn’t mean you’re losing out on good values.
Here’s a chart that shows the number of Membership Rewards points you’ll need to transfer to get an equivalent award in British Airways Avios.
You can see that while you can no longer get a one way ticket for 4,500 Membership Rewards points on a partner airline like American or Alaska Airlines, you can get that award for 5,625 Membership Rewards points, which is still a very good, low price.
Awards from the West Coast to Hawaii which fall in Zone 4 and used to cost 12,500 Membership Rewards points now cost 15,625 points one way. That’s a hurt, but still better than paying over 22,500 points one way if you tried to transfer points to Delta SkyMiles.
Of course, if you have Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you’re better off using those to book Avios awards, as they still transfer at an even one for one rate.
But if you don’t have them, and are looking for good value out of your Membership Rewards points, consult the chart above to see if you like the prices you see.
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