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AmEx Membership Rewards Adds Bonuses on JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic Transfers

Aug. 16, 2018
Reward Optimization, Travel
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Two American Express Membership Rewards® partners are offering lucrative bonuses for points transfers. Moving points to both JetBlue TrueBlue and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club will yield up to 30% bonus points in the programs.

While JetBlue TrueBlue points are a favorite for those who fly the discount carrier, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles are particularly useful for booking international awards on ANA and Delta Air Lines. For flyers who can be flexible and use the Virgin Atlantic website to book awards, the bonus offers a great deal for award flights.

»Learn More: What’s an American Express Membership Rewards point worth?

The fine print

When transferring to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Membership Rewards members will receive a 30% bonus on their points. For example: 1,000 Membership Rewards points transferred would convert to 1,300 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. Members must transfer at least 1,000 Membership Rewards points, but are not limited to the number of points they can transfer.

For JetBlue, transfers between Membership Rewards and TrueBlue points are converting at a one-to-one ratio for a limited time. This reflects an increase of 25% from the normal transfer rate. The minimum amount of points to transfer is 250 points, which will convert to 250 TrueBlue points.

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The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club bonus ends on Sept. 12, 2018. American Express is not responsible for flight availability, accommodations or any other rewards in points. As always, all points transfers are final.

The JetBlue TrueBlue promotion ends on Oct. 1, 2018. As with all American Express transfers to American frequent flyer programs, a fee of $0.0006 cents per converted point applies, with a maximum fee of $99. The fee will be charged to the cardholder’s account.

Is it a good deal?

Anytime travelers can get more points for transfers, it’s a good deal — but some deals are better than others. In the case of JetBlue, now is a prime time to work toward an award flight, especially in the premium Mint cabin.

But the best deal may be transferring to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. The miles can be used for domestic and international travel on Delta, or international itineraries with their other airline partners. Some prime examples of Virgin Atlantic awards include:

  • Domestic economy flights on Delta between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii for 40,000 miles
  • International first class flights on Delta to Europe for 122,500 miles
  • International first class flights on ANA to Japan for 120,000 miles
  • Transfer points at a one-to-one ratio to IHG Rewards Club

Although award space can be tricky to find, the Virgin Atlantic website provides up to five weeks of award visibility. To look for domestic and international awards on partner airlines, use the pin icons in the search fields to select departure and destination cities.

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