Membership Rewards announced this morning that it is providing a 35% bonus on transfers to British Airways’ Avios points through June 7. This means that for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points you will receive 1,350 Avios (instead of the usual 1:1 ratio).
I generally don’t recommend using Avios for international awards because their distance-based award chart prices per segment and includes fuel surcharges. Instead, limit yourself to non-stop domestic travel within the U.S. on Alaska Airlines and American Airlines. You can search available award space on both through AA.com and then call British Airways to book. My dad just used this the other week to help a friend for a last-minute trip to Palm Springs the next day. Read more about why Avios is such a great program for domestic travel, as well as Amol’s tips on filling in gaps in international awards.
I often use Avios for my family’s trips up and down the West Coast. It’s only 4,500 points one-way from Seattle to Santa Rosa (STS) on Alaska Airlines or 12,500 points one-way from most West Coast airports to Hawaii. This makes it one of the more affordable options for award travel to Hawaii. Although you can also transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Avios, there is no current promotion for that, so using Membership Rewards is currently a better option.
Terms & Conditions
Visit membershiprewards.com/terms or call 1-800-AXP-EARN (297-3276) for more information. You must be enrolled in the British Airways Executive Club in order to participate in this offer, visit ba.com to enroll. American Express is not responsible for availability of flights, accommodations or any other rewards in the merchant program. Once you have transferred Membership Rewards® points, they become subject to the Terms and Conditions of the merchant program and cannot be transferred back to your Membership Rewards program account. Taxes, fees, and carrier charges apply on British Airways and its oneworld partner airlines redemption flights and upgrades. See British Airways Executive Club Terms and Conditions for details. Individual air carrier restrictions may apply. Minimum transfer is 1,000 Membership Rewards points. Redeem for this exclusive offer from April 22, 2013 to June 7, 2013, to receive 35% more Avios. Additional Avios will be awarded at the time of transfer.