Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into British Airways Avios!

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Update: This offer ends at the end of this month!  Expensive short-haul flights, even at the last minute, for less than 7,000 points and no fuel surcharges or last-minute fees? Can’t beat that!

Originally posted on 11/27:

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-Short-Haul Flights: BA Avios Versus LAN Lanpass.
-BA Miles Are Now Avios…For Better Or For Worse.

BA/MR Promo Offer Linky

-Through 01/31/12 you will get 1,300 Avios for every 1,000 Membership Rewards (MR) Points transferred to BA.

-There are currently no fuel surcharges for flights wholly within the western hemisphere for flights on AA or LAN.

-There are no expedite or close-in fees for booking last minute award tickets with BA Avios.

Sample uses:

-7,000 MR points will transfer into 9,100 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip short-haul ticket between New York and places like Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, or Toronto or between Miami and the Bahamas, on OneWorld partner American.

-12,000 MR points becomes 15,600 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between New York and Chicago or Florida or from LA to Cabo.

-16,000 MR points becomes 20,800 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between Chicago and LA.

-20,000 MR points becomes 26,000 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between the west coast and Hawaii, New York and the west coast, or New York and Costa Rica.

-31,000 MR points becomes 40,300 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between Dallas and Hawaii or New York and London.

You can borrow up to 60,000 points by calling up Membership Rewards (800-AXP-EARN) and asking for a points advance.  You then have up to 1 year to earn those points from signup bonuses or spending or else they will charge you 2.5 cents per point.

Need more Membership Rewards points?  Here are some Membership Rewards cards:

-American Express Consumer Platinum Card (25K for spending $1K in 3 months)

-American Express Consumer Premier Rewards Gold Card (15K for spending $1K in 3 months)

-American Express Consumer Gold Rewards Card (10K for spending $1K in 3 months)

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-Just fill out the standard application. Don’t click for the shorter existing cardmember application or you will not get the best offer.

HT: shmiel, via DDF

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Get 10% discount off ALL fares today only! Use Promo Code CYBER10 on Flight Finder page. Offer valid ONLY @ Must book by 11/28/2011


can these transfer to anyones BA or do the names and address have to match?


this great thanks.

last year they did 40% then 5% maybe its worth waiting for a better deal?


how much is ba miles worth on the market?


Sucks, Canadian AMEX MR, doesnt qualify and has a terrible redemption rate of 1000—>750


whats the best option for 2 First class or Buisness round trip tickets from NYC to London, I have points @ MR, BA, AA, Continatel, and delta? Thanks for you help


All charge about 100k but ANA charge only 64k (transfers from MR), they partner with star alliance (e.g. continental) and also Virgin, but they charge a lot of taxes.
2 things you have to know before you transfer, you cant put anything on hold before you have the points in your account and it takes 2 days to transfer, and the 2nd thing is that you cant make any bookings or changes within 7 days of travel.


Can i still use the amex platinum airline credit to purchase $200 worth of american airlines gift cards?


“-12,000 MR points becomes 15,600 Avios, more than enough for a round-trip flight between New York and Chicago or Florida or from LA to Cabo.”

Shouldn’t a flight from JFK-MIA (1089mi) be 7,000 Avios?

Am I misreading?


CVG-JFK, otherwise an expensive option, is also 9,000!


Just to set the record straight, Avios or BA mileage are TERRIBLE finding available dates on partner carriers. Terrible. From personal experience in the past year, no matter how long in advance.


i have 70000 miles to transfer but i how do i know if the fuel surcharges is going to stay?


You’re misreading.

Common misunderstanding.
They actually have the same availability as the saver rate on any other carrier.
Go to, search for saver award rates. If you can book it on then go to, search for the award, click on include partners, and it should be there too. If it’s not you’ll just have to call to book.

Only a prophet could tell you that. For now they don’t charge fuel surcharges for flights wholly within the western hemisphere, but they can always change that if they feel like it.

Transfer what you think you can use within the next 6-9 months and not more than that.


I recently made travel arrangements three days in advance, and found perfect flights! (Mind you, AA only flies CVG-JFK once daily).
I am now trying to book again, I have a few options, but I’m being very picky, and therefor am having a little bit of a hard time.



Can you clarify?

“a round-trip flight between New York and Chicago or Florida” to me means:

a RT between NY and Chicago


a RT between NY and Florida.


how much is the tax from JFK to England



The one-way price is 7,500 Avios. Round-trip price is twice that, at 15,000 Avios.

MR points transfer in 1K increments, so 12,000 is the minimum amount you need to transfer, in order to yield over 15,000 Avios, after the 30% bonus.


Hey Dan quick question I canceled my southwest card 2 weeks ago but they didn’t remove the annual fee. The card was closed within 60 days opening it, in that case they usually refund the annual fee but they didnt. When I called to verify a manager said they would remove the annual fee for me but in order to do that they would take away the bonus 50k miles that had already posted to my account! Question is once the points are in my southwest actt can they actually remove them or are they guarnteed safe once they post to the account?


# mike

Continental is VG cuz u can go on virgin biz. Class nice, 100k roundtrip

Re: avios availability

I have definitely had times where there was NO availability with avios/AA and when I checked with AA direct I found saver award availability. Its actually quite strange, generally when it is available it will say “7 seats available” never more, so that must be the maximum AA gives BA, 7 seats. However those seats seem to “go away” suddenly without seeming to drop to six five four etc. You do see those lessor amount of seats but it is more common to either see the full seven or nothing. I do wonder what is really going on.


I gave BA miles to someone else and they froze my account of almost 100.000 miles because they think I sold the miles.


@Re: avios availability: Finding available flights on AA through BA can be tricky. The results show in one page only, and the page is limited in how many flights it can show. For example, if you search for a flight from New York, All Airports to Chicago and pick a date 4 months from now to insure maximum availability, the results will likely show flights only until 12PM or 1PM and there is no option of clicking next to continue nor can you select times. If you then search again, but change New York, All Airports to Laguardia (LGA) or JFK you’ll find many more flights. Problem is, if the flights from LGA to Chicago fill up more than a page, you won’t be able to see all of them.


@Dan: Hi dan
Just wondering how come you don’t mention the “zync” as another option of getting points? Aren’t 10,000 pts worth $25(which will prob be prorated)?


Where u able to get them to unblock it? I’m thinking of using my miles for someone else and I want to know the risk!


Do u know anyonw who will buy ba miles for cash


does this bonus also apply to starwood starpoints or only MR points? or are they the same?

chaim ber

Transferring to BA with this promo is not getting the best value per point if you have a BA CC.

When spending on the BA Chase cards you get 1.25 miles per dollar spent so you are only getting a few extra miles per thousand dollars spent when transferring from amex, you are much better off selling them for 1.6cpm or using it for flights. Unless you do not have a BA Credit Card..