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Today we are going to learn how to maximize airline rewards by transferring points from a non-airline rewards credit card. Use this technique to earn frequent flier tickets faster than ever before.
Transferring Points to Your Frequent Flier Program
From time to time, different airlines will offer specials, such as discounted fares or rewards points bonuses for booking a flight. This is one of the best times to make use of your rewards points.
Unfortunately, you can’t always take advantage of this when your credit card company’s rewards program doesn’t have a partnership with that airline. Then you’re stuck between using your rewards points to buy a higher priced plane ticket, or using cash to buy the discounted airline ticket and saving your points for later.
That doesn’t have to be true, though.
With American Express rewards, you don’t always have to choose.
Even if the airline that you prefer or that is offering a special promotion isn’t one of American Express’s go-to airlines, there are still quite a few loyalty programs you can transfer your points to, many of them on a point for point basis so you don’t lose any of your rewards points.
The loyalty programs you can transfer to varies by card, so not all cardmembers will be able to take advantage of certain deals, but there is a lot of flexibility with this rewards program.
Delta SkyMiles is one of the loyalty programs where you can get 1 point for 1 Membership Rewards point. Points can only be transferred in increments of 1,000, though. The same is true of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club. Same with Continental Airlines’ OnePass. JetBlue TrueBlue allows you to transfer in increments as low as 200 points, but this will cost you 250 AMEX points.
All of these and more can be transferred by going to this link. Once you transfer your points, you will often get more than 1 cent per mile.
- Credit RequiredExcellent Credit
- Rewards ProgramEarn 1 mile for virtually every dollar you charge. No mileage earning limit, and miles don’t expire. Check your first bag free on every Delta flight. Annual complimentary companion ticket.
- Signup BonusEarn 20,000 Bonus Mileswith your first purchase.
More important than point value may be having everything in one place.
United’s Mileage Plus has one of the largest networks of partners, so it’s easy to earn points. It has a new, revamped program coming next year that promises to be better than ever.
If you want to move your points over to this program, there’s an easy way to do this. You can transfer them over to Continental’s loyalty program, which is merging with Mileage Plus. You can already link your accounts and book with either United or Continental with your points, but this transfer option won’t be available for long, since OnePass won’t exist much longer.
- Credit RequiredGood Credit
- Rewards ProgramEarn 2 miles for $1 spent on tickets purchased from United and Continental and 1 mile per $1 everywhere else.
- Signup BonusEarn up to 40,000 bonus miles.25,000 after first use, 5,000 after adding additional user and 10,000 when you spend $25,000 or more.
Trading, Buying, Swapping Points
If you can’t find the right airline using American Express’s travel booking tool, and there isn’t an option to transfer your points to their loyalty program from the rewards site, then www.Points.com may be able to help you out. You can buy points if you’re short. You can move points between loyalty programs. You can even trade with other users.
There are fees for trading, though, and the point value may not always be excellent, but every once in a while you can stumble across some great deals.
Airline deals are constantly changing. When you know you have a flight coming up, check around for different deals the airlines are offering, then check the Membership Rewards site to see if you can transfer your points. If you can transfer them 1 point for 1 point, it’s usually worth it.
It may take a little bit of effort on your part, but the savings you receive can pay off.