Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.
Update – this deal is now dead via a public link – like Bigfoot it was only visible for a short time after it was discovered – see here for places to check if you are targeted for the deal.
The Platinum Card from American Express is one of the most lucrative cards for benefits around, with access to Delta SkyClubs and luxurious American Express Centurion lounges.
But it often falls short in the point earning department, with a standard bonus of just 40,000 points and just 1 point per dollar spent in all categories.
If you’re lucky, you might be targeted for a bigger bonus like 100k, but once in a while though, Amex pulls out the big guns to offer 100k points via online applications available to the general public.
Beware that this page could get pulled anytime, so if you don’t see the 100k terms on the page like they are in the screen shot below, don’t go through with an application, and consider checking targeted alternatives.
The offer requires just $3,000 in spending within 3 months, and there’s an upfront $450 annual fee.
And if you’ve had the Platinum Card before, beware you might not qualify for the offer. Instead, consider a 75k point offer for the Mercedes Benz edition of the Platinum Card, which is a different card product with a $475 annual fee. But both are loaded with the same benefits, including lounge access, a $200 annual airline fee credit, and hotel status.
The points are all full value Membership Rewards points, which you can transfer directly to all of these airline mile programs:
And by doing that, you can top off miles you already have, or try new partners to take advantage of deals like….
Transferring points to British Airways Avios lets you book nonstop Alaska Airlines or American Airlines flights from the West Coast to Hawaii for just 25,000 points roundtrip. That can save you over $2,000 in airfare if you’re a family of four. Fly from any Alaska or American gateway to Hawaii like Seattle, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, and more. Amex points get diluted by 20% when you transfer to Avios, so you’ll need 31,250 Amex points per ticket unless you wait for one of the many transfer bonuses.
By transferring to ANA Mileage Club, you can fly United Airlines in Business Class to Europe for just 88,000 points roundtrip. You can also choose any Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines, but you’ll get hit with fuel surcharges in the hundreds of dollars if you use them to fly across the Atlantic.
Or, by transferring to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, you can fly nonstop in Delta Business Class for just 100,000 points roundtrip with no fuel surcharges, getting you a ticket worth $3,000 – $5,000 or more.
If you transfer points to ANA Mileage Club, for 75,000, 85,000, or 90,000 points, depending on the time of year, you can fly ANA Business Class roundtrip to Japan.
ANA serves New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Or choose any Star Alliance partners like United or Asiana and fly to Japan, Korea, or China for 95,000 points roundtrip.
You can book United Airlines domestic First Class for just 20,000 points one way when you transfer points to Singapore KrisFlyer, including United’s lie flat P.S. service from Newark to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer and you can fly its luxurious private Suites First Class from New York to Frankfurt or Houston to Moscow for 67,500 points one way.
Or choose Los Angeles to Tokyo for 87,500 points, or San Francisco to Hong Kong for 82,500 points.
It’s all possible with this big 100k bonus.
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