Brex has launched a new welcome bonus offer for applicants of the Brex Card for Startups and the Brex Card for Ecommerce.
Until Sept. 30, 2019, the following sign-up bonus will be available to new cardholders who apply via certain websites, including NerdWallet: 75,000 in Brex Rewards points upon signup and waived card fees for life (equal to $750+ value).
Cardholders of Brex Card for Startups earn 4 points per $1 spent on travel, 3 points per $1 at restaurants, 2 points per $1 on software subscriptions and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. The annual fee for both cards is $0.
With all of those opportunities to earn points, it won’t be hard to rack up a bunch for some amazing redemptions. Here are some great ways you can use Brex points:
1. Redeem through the Brex travel portal
The easiest way to redeem your Brex points is through the Brex travel portal. While you won’t get as much value from your points as when you transfer to Brex’s airline partners (see examples of that below), you will have nearly unlimited flexibility. Brex allows you to redeem your points for flights, hotels and even Airbnb properties. Points redeemed through Brex Travel are worth 1 cent each.
2. Transfer to Air France/KLM Flying Blue
If you’re willing to work a little bit harder to get more value out of your points, consider transferring them to Air France/KLM Flying Blue. Brex points transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio.
One of the best ways you can redeem Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles is by taking advantage of their “Promo Awards” sales. With Promo Awards, Flying Blue offers 20% to 50% off select routes, in economy, premium economy and business class. For example, during the month of August, flights between Chicago and Europe with travel dates between Sept. 30 and Nov. 29, 2019, were 25% off in business class.
3. Transfer to Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines is another 1:1 transfer partner of Brex and offers some great sweet spots for using your miles.
Singapore Airlines is one of the few airlines that still offers an around-the-world award chart, and their redemption rates can be quite good. You’ll be charged the following for your around-the-world award ticket:
- Economy: 180,000 miles
- Business class: 240,000 miles
- First class: 360,000 miles
These definitely aren’t cheap, but you’ll be able to do a lot of traveling for that price. Singapore Airlines will allow you to stop in up to seven cities for that price.
If you don’t want to save up your miles for that long before you can redeem for a flight, you could use your miles to fly on fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines to Hawaii. Singapore charges the following prices each way:
- Economy: 17,500 miles
- Business class: 34,500 miles
- First class: 46,000 miles
That’s less than United charges for most of the same flights.
4. Transfer to Avianca
Brex points transfer to Avianca at a 1:1 ratio, and Avianca offers some great redemptions if you choose to transfer your points.
Avianca offers frequent mileage sales and the ability to redeem fewer miles for mixed cabin itineraries (i.e., short flights in economy and long flights in business or first class).
In addition to mixed cabin itineraries, one of the best-value economy class redemptions is from the U.S. to Australia or New Zealand for only 40,000 miles each way. While this is the same price that United would charge for the same flights, if you have access to Brex points, this is still a great use of points.
5. Redeem for cash
If you’re not a big traveler, you also have the option to redeem your Brex points for cash at the same rate as redeeming for travel directly through Brex Travel. While you’ll be giving up some potential value, cash gives you unlimited flexibility.
The bottom line
If you have a small business that can qualify for the Brex Card for Startups or the Brex Card for Ecommerce and want the ability to earn valuable and flexible points that can be transferred to airlines, then these are cards worth considering. While Brex only has six transfer partners at the moment, it has been making huge strides to continually improve its credit card offerings.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2019, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards Visa® credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
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