When you accumulate points on designated American Express cards, such as the Platinum Card or the Starwood Preferred Guest Card, you earn Membership Rewards. As with most programs, you earn 1 point per dollar spent. Of course, us Intrepid Flyers garner these points rapidly upon¬†signing up for these cards, generating 25,000 to 100,000 points in one fell swoop. There are many ways to use Membership Rewards. Most people use them terribly. Let’s not do that.

Membership Rewards can be redeemed for travel, merchandise, or transferred to a number of negotiated vendors. By far the most efficient use of Membership Rewards is a transfer to another program.

Here is what you need to know about transferring American Express Membership Rewards.

Do NOT use any of the four available hotel transfers.

DO use any of the 17 available airline program transfers. With the 17 available transfer partners, you have access to seven independent airlines and all three alliances, which effectively allow you passage on nearly every carrier in the world.

Hotel Transfer Partners

Starwood Preferred Guest

Hilton HHonors

Choice Privileges

Best Western Rewards


Airline Transfer Partners [Airline – Frequent Flyer Program – Alliance]

Airline Program Alliance
Air Canada aeroplan Star Alliance
Air France-KLM Flying Blue SkyTeam
Alitalia MilleMiglia SkyTeam
All Nippon Airways ANA Mileage Club Star Alliance
British Airways Executive Club Oneworld
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Oneworld
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles SkyTeam
El Al Israel Airlines Matmid Independent
Emirates Airlines Skywards Independent
Finnair Finnair Plus Oneworld
Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns Independent
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles Independent
Iberia Iberia Plus Oneworld
jetBlue TrueBlue Independent
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Star Alliance
Virgin America elevate Independent
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Independent