2016 American Express Membership Rewards Hotel Airline Transfer Partners USA

The page that shows American Membership Rewards transfer partners seems to require sign in, so I will put the partners and ratios here for those who are considering getting an American Express card and want to see where their points can transfer.

Using Asia Miles (TY Points Partner) For South America Trip Where You See 11 Places

I'm going to show you how to book a mega-award with seven stops to South America with Asia Miles. You already have Asia Miles because they are a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Points, AMEX Membership Rewards, and SPG Starpoints.

Asia Miles can be used to book any oneworld airline's award space plus space on its partners Aer Lingus and Alaska Airlines.

Asia Miles charges fuel surcharges on award tickets when the equivalent cash tickets would have fuel surcharges.

A Ranking of Miles from Most Broadly Useful to Most Niche

I naturally categorize miles and points into two groups:

Broadly useful
Niche programs

The first type of miles are the miles you want to stockpile if you're hoping to follow a simple mile-accumulation strategy to meet all your future travel goals. Ideally these miles benefit from cheap award charts across all classes of service and to all regions without incurring fuel surcharges on awards.

By contrast, niche programs have some great values on their award charts, but lots of flaws.

Virgin Atlantic 25% Transfer Bonus from American Express

American Express Membership Rewards transfers to Virgin Atlantic miles will come with an automatic 25% transfer bonus from now through April 30, 2015.

Ends Today: Membership Rewards 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios

Well, it's January 31. So today is your last chance to transfer. Since I posted this initially, I have two other posts on Avios:

New, Worse Avios Award Chart takes effect in April.

Limit on Transferring Points to Delta is No Big Deal

Starting in 2015, you will only be able to transfer 250,000 Membership Rewards to Delta miles per year and 200,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points to 250,000 Delta miles per year.

Save 1,000s of Miles Booking United Flights with Singapore Miles

Skip this 1 vs 1 comparison and see this post that compares eight Star Alliance award charts side by side.

I've created comparison charts of how many mile a certain award costs with United MileagePlus miles versus the same award with Singapore KrisFlyer miles. Why?

Singapore Airlines miles can be used to book all the same Saver award space that United releases to its non-elite members without any fuel surcharges. That makes it a relevant comparison.
For many routes, the Singapore KrisFlyer program charges fewer miles to book a United flight than United charges to book the same flight.

20% Transfer Bonus from Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Miles

There is a 20% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Hawaiian Airlines miles until June 23, 2014.

This can be a good way to top up your Hawaiian Miles balance if you've recently gotten The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® with 35,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days.

Is this a good deal?

Uber and Membership Rewards Team Up

I have talked about how Uber is the world's best taxi app because it has clean, courteous drivers and the easiest taxi-ordering app imaginable. Tap, tap, tap, and a cab whose progress you can track towards you is on its way with a constantly-updated ETA.

And now it has gotten even better.

30% Transfer Bonus from Membership Rewards to Virgin America Opens Up Great Deals to Hawaii and Europe

There is currently a 30% transfer bonus on Membership Rewards transfers to Virgin America.

Until April 30, 2014, 200 Membership Rewards transfer to 130 Elevate points. (The normal rate is 200 Membership Rewards to 100 Elevate points.)

What are the sweetspots on the Virgin America chart that might make a transfer worthwhile?

Taking advantage of this transfer bonus is not a good idea if you want to fly Virgin America domestic flights.