Transfer bonuses continue to be a winner with American Express Membership Rewards and it is certainly something we all love about them! It gives you the ability to take your Membership Reward balance and get better travel for even fewer points than you had originally planned (like with this Virgin Atlantic bonus).
A New, Targeted Transfer Bonus from Amex to Aeroplan
Now there is another Amex transfer bonus out, this time to Aeroplan. This, like the last one, is targeted (I was not targeted – again!) and it has a somewhat sneaky component to it that Amex has been putting with some transfer bonuses.
But, Be Careful!
This transfer bonus offers anywhere from 10%-20% more Aeroplan miles when you transfer your American Express Membership Reward points over. But, the sneaky part with this (and similar transfer bonuses in this past) is that it may disappear after you have viewed it the first time. So, when you login, if you see that you have this offer, don’t click on it unless you are ready to use it. American Express says it may not be available the next time you login.
Should You Use this Transfer Bonus?
Maybe one of the reasons I have not had this transfer bonus lately is that Aeroplan has been the only program I have transferred to over the past few months! I love using them for travel between the US and Europe in business class because it is only 55,000 miles one way (57,500 miles for Eastern Europe). While I normally would use Aegean instead (with their 45,000 mile redemption), there are times that I need more than one connection or there is only travel available on Swiss or Turkish (both of whom Aeroplan does not charge fuel surcharges on but Aegean does).
But, that is me! If you want to redeem for a Star Alliance award, Aeroplan is good but they do charge fuel surcharges with Air Canada, Austrian, and Lufthansa so be aware of that. For 67,000 Amex Membership Reward points, you can transfer to LifeMiles and get the same award without fuel surcharges (but there are a couple of things you should know about LifeMiles first).