Transfer Membership Rewards Points To British Airways At A 1:1 Ratio

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.


  1. Yup. BA has more promos for transferring AmEx points than anyone. They have been as high as 50% bonus.

    But as stingy as AA is with awards, only a fraction of those are open for BA. Alaska is easier.

  2. In an odd twist, Canadian Amex cardholders, who usually get significantly less benefits from our membership, as opposed to US card holders, have always had 1:1 transfer to Avios.

  3. Im confused. Isn’t BA the worst OneWorld airline? Why to transfer? Silly fuel charges, etc. I don’t know what “MEH” is ….. but, meh!

  4. This definitely raises the value of MR for me . . . book several CX regional J awards with Avios every year.

  5. Hi Daniel OT but any suggestions how to use life miles Europe to Australia? Tried lots of cities in Europe on 1 and 2 august for bus class. Is it any use to call the lifemiles centre? Thanks

  6. @j678 BA is far from the worst Oneworld carrier. I find them even with AA and their long haul biz product I find among the best IF you select the right seat.

    I think AirBerlin is likely the bottom of the barrel along with LATAM (LATAM more for its inconsistency than anything). Never flown S7 so I can’t say anything about them.

    The biggest issues I have with BA are the redemption surcharges and lackluster ground transfers within LHR.

  7. Not sure this is a good deal after Brexit. Will BA be allowed to fly into EU after the exit? I would wait and see…

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