What airlines can you fly with American Express Points
What I love about American Express are the number of airlines they offer for transferring rewards points. Most start off at 1,000 rewards points and not all airlines have the same exchange rates. You can transfer 1,000 AMEX points to Delta and receive 1,000 SkyMiles.
During promotional times, you can also see certain airlines offering a transfer bonus of between 20% and 50% more miles. British Airways seems to offer the most transfer bonuses as of late.
The current list of airlines you can transfer rewards points into miles are:
- Aeroplan – Air Canada
- Alitalia Airlines
- All Nippon Airways
- Asia Miles
- British Airways
- Delta Air Lines
- El Al Israel Airlines
- Flying Blue
- Frontier Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Iberia Plus
- JetBlue Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin America
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
American Express also offers travel deals with some airlines such as the following:
- Purchasing of round trip tickets to Australia on Qantas
- Purchasing of round trip tickets to South Africa on South African Airways
- Purchasing of round trip tickets from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Europe on Swiss
You can also purchase tickets using rewards points through the American Express travel portal. It would be like going to Expedia.com and booking a flight through their website, but with American Express you have the options of using your rewards points as your currency.
The best ‘deals’ happen when you transfer your rewards points to your choice of airline. By purchasing tickets with air miles you can save a great deal of money just from the cost of the ticket. I find the best values with using my miles for First Class tickets.
Depending on where you live and what airlines you use the most, will determine which deals work the best for you. Since I live in Alaska, flying anywhere is usually $250+ more than if I lived in the lower 48 states. I find a better value with flying First Class than flying economy class.
My wife and I are flying to Tampa Florida, which is 8 hours of flying! I can handle economy class for 3-5 hours but 8 hours in 1 day gets difficult.
Here is a great example of transferring rewards points into miles and how it can save you a lot of money:
- Daraius of MillionMileSecrets writes about planning for a trip with his wife, read his post here.
Are you using American Express cards to build up rewards? If so please share your experiences. Where have you traveled for free?