New month, new way to use your American Express Membership Rewards points for some extra value.
American Express on Monday rolled out a 25% bonus on transfers to Air France/KLM Flying Blue, a great way to get from the U.S. to Europe – or even from the mainland to Hawaii. But this bonus is ending soon, so make your plans now to capitalize on this bonus.
This transfer bonus runs through Nov. 30, so you’ve got the entire month to scheme the best way to put this bonus to use.
These transfer bonuses are great because they’re basically a way to get some free airline miles. Bonuses like this one disappeared throughout much of the pandemic, but they returned with a bang this summer as Amex rolled out a slew of transfer bonuses of up to 40% … on a dozen hotel and airline transfer partners. Those ended in early October, but it didn’t take long for Amex to bring one back.
Just keep in mind that you need a card that earns American Express Membership Rewards points like the Platinum Card® from American Express or the American Express Gold® Card – your co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit cards from American Express won’t do the trick. Read our guide on how to transfer Amex points to airline and hotel partners.
Best Ways to Use This Bonus
We’ll never turn down some free Flying Blue miles.
This is the combined mileage program for Air France and KLM, and it’s one of the best ways to book flights with SkyTeam airlines including Delta, Korean Air, and Air France or KLM, of course.
It’s a great way to fly to Europe and back – especially with Flying Blue Promo Rewards, the monthly list of discounted routes between the U.S. and Europe. While those are tough to come by lately, it’s not difficult to find transatlantic business class flights in Air France or KLM for just 55,000 points or so. Factor in this transfer bonus, and you’d need just 44,000 Amex points to make it happen.
That’s about as cheap as flying business class to Europe gets.
But our favorite way to use this bonus is to fly from the continental U.S. to Hawaii. No matter whether you’re flying nonstop from the West Coast, making the long trek from New York City (JFK) or Boston (BOS), or starting from a tiny airport in the Midwest, you need just 35,000 miles to book flights on Delta to the Hawaiian islands and back.
At that rate, you could transfer only 28,000 Amex points and have enough for a trip to Hawaii. That’s a steal.
Thrifty Traveler Premium members recently got an alert for some incredibly rare award space to fly nonstop to Hawaii on this route. Get award alerts and cheap fares sent straight to your inbox for just $7.99 a month!
Transfer bonuses like this one are great – it means you need fewer points to book your next getaway. And a 25% bonus when transferring Amex points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue is a great one.
Just be sure to use it by Nov. 30 when this promotion expires.