American Categorical cardholders can now switch their American Categorical Membership Rewards factors to Australian provider Qantas Airways, with a minimal switch of 500 factors. This new partnership offers AmEx prospects the choice to transform their factors to a whopping 19 totally different airline loyalty packages, along with the three resort loyalty packages.
Right here’s what it’s best to know in case you have a bank card that earns Membership Rewards factors.
1. There’s a decrease level minimal to switch
Not like many of the different switch companions, you possibly can switch factors to Qantas in increments of 500, as a substitute of 1,000. This decrease threshold offers you higher flexibility; it is particularly useful in case you simply want just a few extra factors to prime off your account for a reward flight.
2. For a restricted time, get a good higher worth
The standard switch fee is 1:1, that means you’d get 500 Qantas factors for each 500 AmEx factors you switch. However till June 30, 2019, you get a 20% bonus, which turns these 500 AmEx factors into 600 Qantas factors.
three. Qantas factors may be redeemed on many alternative airways
As a result of Qantas is a part of the Oneworld airline alliance and maintains different airline partnerships, you need to use your Qantas factors for journey on different worldwide airways. (Observe that a number of of those airways are additionally AmEx switch companions, so relying in your journey objectives, it could be extra advantageous to switch your AmEx factors to 1 these packages as a substitute.)
Right here’s the total listing of Qantas companions:
Aer Lingus — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
British Airways — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
Cathay Pacific Airways.
El Al — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
Emirates — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
Iberia — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
The massive takeaway right here is that changing your AmEx factors to Qantas factors could be a great way to get flights to some unusual locations, like Papua New Guinea, which is served by Air Niugini.
Even in case you’re touring inside Australia and New Zealand, the place Qantas has an enormous presence, it might probably pay to suppose exterior the field. Associate provider Jetstar serves most of the identical locations, however Jetstar flights begin at simply 6,400 Qantas factors, in comparison with the minimal eight,000 Qantas factors you’ll want for a Qantas flight.
four. Test the award charts
Earlier than you switch your hard-earned factors to Qantas, be sure you know what number of factors you’ll want for the flight you need. Qantas nonetheless has fastened award charts (in contrast to Delta and shortly United Airways), so redemption charges ought to keep pretty steady, so long as you will discover award availability.
Earlier than you switch factors, search for your required flights on-line or name Qantas to be sure you’ll have the ability to redeem your factors in your desired journey.
5. Earn extra with an AmEx bank card
Want extra factors to switch to Qantas? Ensure you’ve signed up for the bank card that’ll provide the most incomes energy. The American Categorical® Gold Card is a well-liked possibility since you’ll earn four Membership Rewards factors per $1 spent on eating places worldwide and purchases at U.S. supermarkets, three factors per $1 on flights booked instantly with the airline and thru amextravel.com and 1 level per $1 on every thing else. Phrases apply.
The Platinum Card® from American Categorical additionally offers frequent vacationers a variety of alternatives to earn factors, with 5 factors per $1 on flights booked instantly with the airline and thru amextravel.com, 5 factors per $1 on resorts booked on amextravel.com and 1 level per $1 on all different purchases. Phrases apply.
Take into account in case you use a co-branded AmEx resort or airline card or one in all their cash-back playing cards, you’ll not earn American Categorical Membership Rewards factors, so you can not make the most of the AmEx switch partnerships.
The addition of Qantas as an AmEx airline switch companion offers cardholders extra entry to reward flights throughout Australia and the remainder of the world. The 1:1 switch fee and 500-point minimal make the switch favorable to customers, however with so many airline switch companions and the power to ebook flights by way of the AmEx journey portal, now the trick is combing by way of all your award journey choices to search out one of the best ways to redeem your factors.