AmEx Membership Rewards Transfers To Asia Miles Now Posting Instantly

by Chris Dong

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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.

ProgramTypeTransfer RatioTransfer Time
Aer Lingus AerClubAirline1:1N/A
Aeromexico Club PremierAirline1:1.62-12 days
Air Canada AeroplanAirline1:1Instant
Air France/KLM Flying BlueAirline1:1Instant
Alitalia MillemigliaAirline1:1Instant
ANA Mileage ClubAirline1:11-2 days
Avianca LifeMilesAirline1:1Instant
British Airways Executive ClubAirline1:1Instant
Cathay Pacific Asia MilesAirline1:1Instant
Delta SkyMilesAirline1:1Instant
Emirates SkywardsAirline1:1Instant
Etihad GuestAirline1:1Instant
HawaiianAirline1:1Instant
Iberia PlusAirline1:11-3 days
JetBlue TrueBlueAirline1.25:1Instant
Singapore KrisFlyerAirline1:112-48 hours
Virgin Atlantic Flying ClubAirline1:11-2 days
Choice PrivilegesHotel1:1Instant
Hilton HonorsHotel1:2Instant
Marriott BonvoyHotel3:1Instant

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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