How To Transfer American Express Membership Rewards To Travel Programs

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Transferring American Express points to your favorite loyalty program is a very simple and easy process. After a few steps, you’ll have those points transferred, often instantly, to your travel program and available to redeem for that award you’ve been looking for. One basic piece of advice is to make sure your award is available before you transfer the points into your program. You don’t want to transfer the points and then get those points “stuck” in that program.

American Express Membership Rewards program allows members to earn points with everyday spend on select American Express credit cards like:

These points can be redeemed for a number of items from gift cards to products to travel experiences. But I’ve found I get the best value from my American Express Membership Rewards points when I transfer them into one of the many partner travel programs. I can transfer my American Express points to a large number of airline and hotel programs, then redeem them for awards like free flights and free hotel stays.

Step 1: Log in to your American Express Membership Rewards Account

Log-in to your American Express account online at the American Express website. A screen will display with all of your cards at the top right hand corner that you may have registered in your American Express account. Ignore the credit card pictures and look below them to the right.

American Express Home Page

Step 2: Select “Go To Membership Rewards”

On the right hand side of the Account Home page, you’ll see a “Go To Membership Rewards” hyperlink below your membership rewards information. Select this link to navigate to the Membership Rewards section.

American Express Rewards Balance Page

If you don’t have any American Express Membership Rewards points currently, the quickest way is to signup for some of their credit cards that offer large signup bonuses orcertain cards with large category bonuses like:

Step 3: Select Transfer Points

Select the Use Points drop down and then select the Transfer points option. This will take you to a page where you can pick from travel providers to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points.

Amex Transfer Points Option

Step 4: Pick the program

Select the program that you’d like to transfer points into.

American Express MR Partners

Step 5: Enter The Amount of Points

Enter the amount of points that you’d like to transfer into the travel program.

American Express Transfer to BA Enter<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Points Page

Step 6: Verify Credit Card

Next you’ll be asked to verify your credit card that you’d like to transfer the points from.

Step 7: Verify Selections

Verify the amount of points you’d like to transfer into the travel program.

American Express Transfer to BA<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Verification

Step 8: Verify transaction was completed

Finally, verify your transaction was completed. A page will display that your transfer request is pending and may take up to 48 hours. In my experience, the transfers are completed instantly.

American Express Transfer to BA Validated

Bottom Line

American Express Membership Rewards program is one of the most flexible programs to earn travel points with because you can transfer to a large number of airline and hotel point programs. A few simple steps and you can transfer your hard earned Membership Rewards points to a program of your choice in order to redeem that award you’ve been waiting for.

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  1. Keep in mind too that there are often bonus miles for transfers from different airlines, i usually wait for those. Also for the math challenged, there is a reverse calculation button to figure the points needed for miles.

  2. I’ve heard that you can transfer Rewards Points to another person if they already have a Rewards Points account and are living in the same household. Is that true? I’ve also heard you can transfer to a different person’s travel partner account (for example, I could transfer my AMEX points to a friend’s Delta Skymiles account). Any truth to that? I know for a fact that transferring to a partner account with a different name does NOT work with Starwoods Points. I was hoping it might work with AMEX though.

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