How To Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points To Airlines

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I’m a big fan of transferrable currencies like Amex Membership Rewards because I can stockpile points for months on end and I don’t have to move those points across to an individual loyalty program until I’m actually ready to use the points.

I put most of my airline spending on my American Express Platinum card (it earns me 5 points for every dollar I spend directly with airlines) and I put most of my US grocery shopping on my Amex EveryDay Credit Card which, essentially, earns me 2.4 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at grocery stores so I build up a decent balance of points in a reasonable amount of time.

Amex Membership rewards currently has 16 airline transfer partners and with the likes of ANA, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Etihad on that list it’s a program I get to use a lot and, recently, I needed to transfer some points across to my Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer account for an award I wanted to book.

Here’s How To Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points To An Airline Loyalty Program

Step 1

Log in to your Amex account and click on the “explore rewards” button you’ll find on the right side of the page.

Step 2

On the page that appears open up the drop down menu labelled “Membership Rewards” which you’ll find towards the top left of your screen.

Step 3

From the drop down menu select “transfer points” and click on the green “go” button to advance to the next page.

Step 4

If you haven’t linked any loyalty programs to your Membership Rewards account you’ll see all of the options available to you on the page that now opens up:

If you have already linked to the loyalty program you with to transfer points to you should move on to step 5.

The process of linking your Membership Rewards account to a loyalty program is simple and all you need are the following:

  • Your account number in the loyalty program you’re linking
  • One of your Membership rewards credit cards linked to the account you’re linking to the loyalty program.

Now click on the loyalty program you’d like to link and you should see a page similar to this one appear:

Your name should already be pre-populated in the “your card account” field and you now need to select a credit card with which to verify your details.

  • Enter your chosen credit card’s 4-digit ID number into the appropriate field
  • Enter your chosen credit card’s 3-digit security code into the appropriate field
  • Enter your account number for the loyalty progam you’re linking into the appropriate field

Now click “link account”

The next page you’ll see should look something like this:

The account linking is almost instantaneous and when you click the blue button to go “back to transfer points to a loyalty program” you should see it at the top of the page.

Step 5

Once you’ve linked a loyalty program to your account (or if you had done so in the past) it will appear at the top of the “transfer points” page.

Now, click on the loyalty program to which you wish to transfer Membership Rewards points.

Step 6

The page you see at this point will look like the one below and this is where you’ll need to enter the number of Membership Rewards Points you’d like to transfer and the Amex credit card details needed to verify your transfer.

With all the details filled in remember to accept the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page…

…and click on the “confirm and transfer points” button to progress to the next page.

Step 7

You’ll now be presented with a confirmation screen summarising the transfer that’s taking place.

The narrative amy say that the transfer will “normally occur within 3 – 10 days” but most transfers happen a lot quicker.

My points transfer to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer took less than 24 hours.

Final Thoughts

It really isn’t difficult to link a loyalty program to your Membership Rewards account or to transfer points over and, with Membership Rewards points being quite easy to earn, this is a very good way of getting to your next award.

Now that the Amex SPG card is not going to be one of the better cards for everyday spend (i.e spending in categories where you don’t normally earn a bonus) I’m probably going to look to move that spend over to the Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express which earns 2 points/dollar on all transactions (up to $50,000/year) – that should see the Membership Rewards points rack up even quicker!

What’s your preferred way to earn Membership Rewards?