American Specific cardholders can now switch their American Specific Membership Rewards factors to Australian service Qantas Airways, with a minimal switch of 500 factors. This new partnership offers AmEx clients the choice to transform their factors to a whopping 19 completely different airline loyalty packages, along with the three resort loyalty packages.
Right here’s what it’s best to know you probably have a bank card that earns Membership Rewards factors.
1. There’s a decrease level minimal to switch
Not like a lot of the different switch companions, you may switch factors to Qantas in increments of 500, as a substitute of 1,000. This decrease threshold offers you larger flexibility; it is particularly useful if you happen to simply want just a few extra factors to prime off your account for a reward flight.
2. For a restricted time, get a fair higher worth
The everyday switch price is 1:1, which means you’d get 500 Qantas factors for each 500 AmEx factors you switch. However till June 30, 2019, you get a 20% bonus, which turns these 500 AmEx factors into 600 Qantas factors.
three. Qantas factors may be redeemed on many alternative airways
As a result of Qantas is a part of the Oneworld airline alliance and maintains different airline partnerships, you should use your Qantas factors for journey on different worldwide airways. (Word that a number of of those airways are additionally AmEx switch companions, so relying in your journey targets, it might be extra advantageous to switch your AmEx factors to at least one these packages as a substitute.)
Right here’s the total record of Qantas companions:
Aer Lingus — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
British Airways — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
Cathay Pacific Airways.
El Al — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
Emirates — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
Iberia — additionally an AmEx switch companion.
The massive takeaway right here is that changing your AmEx factors to Qantas factors is perhaps a great way to get flights to some unusual locations, like Papua New Guinea, which is served by Air Niugini.
Even if you happen to’re touring inside Australia and New Zealand, the place Qantas has a giant presence, it may pay to assume exterior the field. Accomplice service Jetstar serves lots of the similar locations, however Jetstar flights begin at simply 6,400 Qantas factors, in comparison with the minimal eight,000 Qantas factors you’ll want for a Qantas flight.
four. Examine the award charts
Earlier than you switch your hard-earned factors to Qantas, be sure you know what number of factors you’ll want for the flight you need. Qantas nonetheless has mounted award charts (in contrast to Delta and shortly United Airways), so redemption charges ought to keep pretty steady, so long as you’ll find award availability.
Earlier than you switch factors, search for your required flights on-line or name Qantas to be sure you’ll be capable of redeem your factors in your desired journey.
5. Earn extra with an AmEx bank card
Want extra factors to switch to Qantas? Be sure to’ve signed up for the bank card that’ll provide the most incomes energy. The American Specific® Gold Card is a well-liked possibility since you’ll earn four Membership Rewards factors per $1 spent on eating places worldwide and purchases at U.S. supermarkets, three factors per $1 on flights booked instantly with the airline and thru amextravel.com and 1 level per $1 on every little thing else. Phrases apply.
The Platinum Card® from American Specific additionally offers frequent vacationers quite a lot of alternatives to earn factors, with 5 factors per $1 on flights booked instantly with the airline and thru amextravel.com, 5 factors per $1 on motels booked on amextravel.com and 1 level per $1 on all different purchases. Phrases apply.
Bear in mind if you happen to use a co-branded AmEx resort or airline card or one among their cash-back playing cards, you’ll not earn American Specific Membership Rewards factors, so you can not make the most of the AmEx switch partnerships.
The addition of Qantas as an AmEx airline switch companion offers cardholders extra entry to reward flights throughout Australia and the remainder of the world. The 1:1 switch price and 500-point minimal make the switch favorable to shoppers, however with so many airline switch companions and the power to guide flights via the AmEx journey portal, now the trick is combing via your whole award journey choices to seek out the easiest way to redeem your factors.