Here are some of the best ways to use your American Express membership rewards and take advantage of major platinum perks for an unforgettable summer vacation.
Transfer your Amex Rewards points to airline partners
With countless air transportation partners, it’s easy to get the most value out of your Amex points by converting them to airline loyalty programs.
Here is the full list of Amex Airlines carriers: Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France/KLM, ANA, Avianca, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Hawaii, Iberia, JetBlue, Qantas and Singapore Virgin Atlantic. Keep an eye out for Transfer Bonuses that offer an additional percentage of points when transferred to a specific partner.
Remember that once you transfer your points, you cannot return them to Amex Membership Rewards points, so make sure you have a strategy in place before you transfer them.
Choose conversions with the best value
Being strategic about transferring your Amex points can give you more benefits for your money. If you are willing to explore several options to book the same flight, you may save a lot.
- For international flights to Europe in styleTransfer points to Virgin Atlantic Airlines Delta, which can offer more value than transferring them directly to Delta SkyMiles. If you fly during the standard Virgin off-peak dates (6-17 June), you’ll only pay 47,500 Virgin Delta One Business Class points from the central US or East Coast to the UK one way. Routes to other European destinations cost 50,000 points in Delta One Business one way. For Delta’s short-haul economy flights within the United States, 500-mile trails start at 7,500 Virgin Points and 8,500 are for 10,000-mile trails.
- If you have set your eyes on HawaiiSkip transfers to Hawaiian Airlines. Alternatively, transfer your Amex points to British Airways and use BA Avios to fly to the islands from the West Coast on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines for up to 13,000 Avios round-trip in economy class.
- If you prefer a summer escape to AfricaTransfer points to Etihad Airways from New York (JFK) to Casablanca (CMN) for 22,000 miles one way in Economy Class / 44,000 miles one way in business on Royal Air Maroc.
- If you have set your eye on AsiaTransfer points to ANA for travel from Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo for 30,000 points in economy class or 54,000 points in one-way business for a summer vacation in Asia.
Use Insider rates at Amex Travel to book flights
You can always use your points to book fares through Amex Travel. While it may not provide the best value, it is easier than understanding the ins and outs of moving partners, especially for beginners.
Platinum card holders can get a special tariff from within when paying with points. Use the booking tool to search for flights, then use the filter to the right of the search results to select “Inside Passenger Fares”. Do not forget that you can earn frequent flyer miles on tickets purchased with points through the Amex Travel Portal.
Finally, platinum cardholders can choose a US-based airline (Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaii, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest or United) within their Amex account to get credit up to $200 to offset fees such as baggage fees, seat fees, lounge tickets or in-flight amenities/food/beverage fees when you pay with your Amex Platinum Card.
Use your Amex Reward points to book hotels
Transfer to hotel programs
Amex has only three hotel transportation partners: Hilton, Marriott, and Choice Privileges. When booking, compare hotel redemption rates on Amex Travel to ensure you get the best possible rate. Transferring your Amex points to hotel programs isn’t the best way to use points, but if you really want to use them for hotels, find the redemption you want before transferring.
- Transfer Rewards Points at a ratio of 1:2 to Hilton. Even though you get double the points, the prices for Hilton points are usually inflated, so it doesn’t always work in your favour. However, you can get the fifth night free on award stays, and a platinum card gives you gold status under the Hilton program, which offers perks like upgrades and breakfast credits.
- Marriott Transfers 1:1. So it may be best to save your Amex Points for other uses unless you need to top up your Marriott account. However, the Platinum Card gives you Bonvoy Gold status, which gives you perks like late check-out and upgrades. And you get the fifth night free when you pay with points.
- Convert Amex Points at 1:1 to Choice Perks. These properties (think Comfort Inns and Cambria) are not luxury hotels but are a solid choice when cash prices for accommodation in expensive cities like London or Manhattan are high.
Use the Amex Travel Portal to book Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts
Using the Amex Travel Portal for hotels isn’t always the best deal. But booking hotels with the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts group comes with added perks, such as room upgrades (when available), daily breakfast for two, late check-out at 4 p.m., noon check-in (when available), free Wi-Fi and free Wi-Fi. free wifi. $100 property benefit credit. Platinum cardholders who book Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts or Hotel Collection in cash will receive a $200 credit.
Don’t forget to check your Amex deals, which may contain credits or discounts for booking certain hotel brands like Hilton Mexico or Kimpton Hotels.
Keep an eye on the Amex Travel homepage for additional hotel deals, too. Currently, thanks to a special promotion, Platinum cardholders who book a Ritz-Carlton Maui Kapalua hotel by May 31, 2022 for five nights (or more) staying through December 17, 2022 receive a $500 real estate credit in addition to the regular fine privileges Hotels and resorts.
Use Amex Travel to book cruises and rental cars
Booking cruises using Amex Travel’s “Pay with Points” feature isn’t the most lucrative option. You will get a fixed value of 0.7 cents per point, and it is best to extract a value of at least 1 or 2 cents per point. But, you may earn perks like data credits or discounts depending on current promotions, which vary by cruise and cruise line.
You can use the points payment feature when booking a prepaid car rental through Amex Travel, although it is not the best use value of your points. The Platinum Card also grants cardholders Hertz Gold Plus Reward status, which offers discounts and upgrades.
Upgrade your ride
Flight upgrades using Amex points
Make sure you book on one of the airlines that Amex allows the upgrade to. Upgrade your ride by logging into Amex, then clicking in the top left corner of the menu button. Search for Rewards, then Membership Rewards Home. Then click “Book or Upgrade Travel”. On the next screen, tap Explore Promotions. Enter your reservation code and last name to see if your reservation is eligible (some flights may not be).
Amex Platinum provides cardholders access to the Global Lounge collection, including Centurion Lounges and the Priority Pass Lounge network, among others, when traveling.
Global Entry / TSA Pre-screening
Make your trip easier by using your $100 statement balance when applying for a TSA PreCheck or Global Entry.
The level of eligibility and benefits varies by card. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details. The subscription was made by the Amex Assurance Company.