Right now the The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN (affiliate link) has a promotional sign-up bonus of 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 on the card within three months, so I figured it might be fun to make a post with five ideas for redeeming 50,000 Membership Rewards points. Keep in mind the card offers triple points on airfare and double points on shipping and gas stations, so if you put your minimum spend in the right categories, you could be looking at up to 65,000 Membership Rewards points.
In no particular order, here they are:
1. 50,000 British Airways Avios for Aer Lingus Business Class Boston to Dublin roundtrip
One of the very best uses of Avios is roundtrip business class between Boston and Dublin for just 50,000 Avios and about $150 in taxes/fees/fuel surcharges. I did this exact trip last year, and outlined the process here. I loved Ireland, and actually quite enjoyed the business class product offered by Aer Lingus as well.
Best of all with the 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards, you’d have more than enough Avios left over to connect elsewhere in Europe after a stopover.
2. 25 nights at the Doubletree Beijing
People say I don’t spend enough time at destinations. With 25 nights at the Doubletree Beijing for just 100,000 HHonors points, I might as well move there. 😉
Membership Rewards is transfer partners with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, and points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio. Then Virgin Atlantic is transfer partners with Hilton at a favorable ratio of 1:2. So you can convert 50,000 Membership Rewards points into 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles, and then convert those into 100,000 Hilton HHonors points. The Doubletree Beijing is just 5,000 points per night, and as an elite member every fifth night is free, meaning 25 nights would cost you just 100,000 points.
Compared to the revenue rate of over $4,100USD+, I’d say that’s a hell of a bargain.
3. 59,000 British Airways Avios for LAN Business Class Miami to Cuzco roundtrip
Since British Airways has a distance based award chart they charge just 25,000 Avios one-way for business class between Miami and Lima on LAN. Then you can add on a tag flight to Cuzco for just 4,500 Avios. Travel destinations don’t get hotter than Machu Picchu right now, so that’s a great deal under which to get there.
And while I didn’t find the service on LAN to be amazing, the fully flat bed is pretty tough to beat.
4. Jet around Asia in Business Class
With the current 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways, 50,000 Membership Rewards points gets you 67,500 British Airways Avios. That’s more than enough to fly from Tokyo to Seoul to Hong Kong to Bangkok to Singapore in business class on Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific, with stopovers in each city for as long as you’d like. I can’t think of any other mileage program that will give you that many segments with stopovers at such a low cost.
5. 63,750 Singapore KrisFlyer miles for Singapore Airlines Suites Class Hong Kong to Sydney via Singapore
I know I said 50,000 points earlier, but we’re talking about Singapore Suites here, probably the most coveted airline product in the world. Find a way to get an extra 13,750 points (or complete the minimum spend in the right categories and you’ll already have enough points) and redeem for Suites Class between Hong Kong and Sydney. This gets you two segments in Suites Class and a visit to “The Private Room” in Singapore.
This is the ultimate redemption when one first class suite simply isn’t enough anymore. 😉
Anyway, those are just five possibilities, though there are dozens of other great ones out there.