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American Express Points Now Transfer to Avianca Airlines

Nov. 9, 2018
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American Express customers who participate in its Membership Rewards program can now transfer those points to the frequent flyer program of the second-largest airline in South America: Avianca Airlines.

Avianca LifeMiles now partners with American Express, with one-to-one point transfers that open up more ways for AmEx Membership Rewards members to spend, transfer and maximize their points.

Based in Bogota, Colombia, Avianca Airlines also has hubs in Lima, Peru and San Salvador, El Salvador. Major U.S. cities served include Miami, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Dallas. International cities served include London, Barcelona, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A world of options

With Avianca’s membership in the Star Alliance group of partnering airlines, a world of destinations can be accessed with LifeMiles. Members can log into their account and use Avianca miles to book hundreds of routes on Star Alliance partners including Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.

An AmEx Membership Rewards member can transfer points to one of the Star Alliance airlines’ frequent flyer programs to book a flight. But whether that’s the best way to use those points is another question entirely.

American Express now partners with 18 airlines, including:

Three hotel loyalty programs are also AmEx transfer partners:

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So it takes a bit of searching to decide the best transfer partner to use to book a flight.

Depending on the dates and destination, the best use of American Express points could be transferring them to Delta. Or the number of points required for the same itinerary could be lower for a member who transfers AmEx points to Avianca, then uses them to grab a seat on United.

The AmEx-Avianca transfer partnership gives members one more option for making the most of Membership Rewards points.

Image courtesy of Avianca Airlines.

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