American Express Membership Rewards has many great transfer partners, including Air Canada Aeroplan, Singapore KrisFlyer, Delta SkyMiles, and Air France/KLM FlyingBlue. All these partners offer 100:100 transfers, meaning 1,000 points will get you 1,000 points in your selected program. Meanwhile, British Airways and Iberia, who are also transfer partners, have had a 250:200 transfer ratio since 2015. In some cases, this was still a great deal since Avios short-haul redemptions start at just 4,500 Avios.
For larger redemptions such as Qatar business from Doha to Stockholm for 37,500 miles one-way, the transfer ratio has been a little more problematic. You’d have to transfer almost 47,000 Membership Rewards points, which feels like a big waste of ~9,000 hard-earned miles.
Well, I was checking my Membership Rewards balance today and saw something different on the British Airways and Iberia options. Namely, the transfer ratio now displayed as 250:250, as opposed to 250:200. There is no banner indicating that this is a promotion, so perhaps it’s safe to hope that this improvement is permanent?
What excites me most about this is that it will become even cheaper to upgrade British Airways tickets. The potential to save tens of thousands of miles on an upgrade is certainly attractive. Since I earn my OneWorld elite status with British Airways’ Executive Club, I get a few thousand Avios from flying each year. I tend to use those for short-haul flights in economy, so being able to transfer larger amounts of Membership Rewards Points for bigger redemptions adds a lot of value to the points currency.