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When it comes to securing award space for a flight, timing and swiftness is paramount. That’s why it’s not only valuable to carry a card that earns transferrable points, but also to be familiar with rules about how long a transfer takes. There’s nothing worse than finding an award and waiting for the miles to reach your airline account.
While American Express Membership Rewards has many instant transfer partners, Asia Miles wasn’t one of them. However, according to several data points, American Express Membership Rewards points now transfer instantly to Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program. This is great news for anyone looking to snag an Asia Miles award redemption — without having to sweat it out when American Express MR points will transfer.
Previously, points took as look as a week to move from American Express to Asia Miles. Here is the full list of Membership Rewards transfer partners and the time it takes for a transfer to complete.
|Program||Type||Transfer Ratio||Transfer Time|
|Aer Lingus AerClub||Airline||1:1||N/A|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||Airline||1:1.6||2-12 days|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||Airline||1:1||Instant|
|Air France/KLM Flying Blue||Airline||1:1||Instant|
|ANA Mileage Club||Airline||1:1||1-2 days|
|British Airways Executive Club||Airline||1:1||Instant|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||Airline||1:1||Instant|
|Iberia Plus||Airline||1:1||1-3 days|
|Singapore KrisFlyer||Airline||1:1||12-48 hours|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||Airline||1:1||1-2 days|
Although it has undergone a host of changes recently, Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles can still prove to be a useful program for many.
Our affiliate Juicy Miles can present redemption options, including using Asia Miles, in a self-service award search tool. Better yet, the tool now incorporates limited time transfer bonuses when calculating award pricing and alerts you to the latest transfer bonuses. If having someone else do all the work for you is more your speed, Juicy Miles consultants can do that too.
This is great news for those with American Express Membership Rewards points that wanted to transfer points to secure award space or an upgrade with Asia Miles.
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