Best Amex Airline Transfer Partner other than Avios & Virgin

Discussion in 'Miles & points via credit cards' started by Sdon, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. Sdon

    Sdon New Member

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    Hi, I am looking to cancel my Amex Gold Card. I know you have to transfer all your points or you lose them. I have 90,000 Amex points stacked up and not sure which airline offers the best value in terms of redemption including taxes etc. (BA & Virgin taxes and charges are extortionate!). I know people say you shouldn't spread your points too thin across multiple programmes but I think 90,000 points in another programme would help give more flexibility when redeeming (e.g booking two one-way tickets with different programmes).

    I already have a lot of Avios points via BA Amex spend etc. and the same with Virgin Club Points. Flying Blue I have read is pretty poor value apart from when they have promotions.

    Which other Airline programme do other people use and would recommend transferring amex points to?

    Singapore? Asia Miles? Etihad? etc....?
     
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  2. CraigS

    CraigS New Member

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    Not Etihad...

    Singapore and Cathay have their uses, but it mostly depends on where you think you might like to travel.

    There's no real substitute for looking at the award charts.

    Marriott Rewards could also get you some decent hotel stays...
     
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  3. JoeD

    JoeD Well-Known Member

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    I would say Singapore - great product, reasonable-ish award chart (with some gems, like Istanbul or Cape Town to/from Singapore and surrounding region for 45k miles one way) and no surcharges unless you redeem on partner airlines. The downsides are that the website is horrible to use and that there's a 3 year 'hard' expiry policy.

    If you want to maintain flexibility, Marriott is a solid option. 90k amex would get you 135k marriott.

    120k marriott can then be transferred to 50k of pretty much any airline miles. Yes, you lose some value compared to transferring straight to Singapore or whatever, but you get to keep your options open and can transfer to high value programmes like Alaska and United.

    United have a 30% bonus on transfer right now (you need to opt in: https://promotions.united.com/offers/p2m) - so you'd end up with 65k United for 120k marriott (80k amex).

    And you could always use Marriott Points for hotels of course, if you've already got plenty of other miles.
     
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