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American Express Membership Rewards Points Transfer Tutorial

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Want to know how to transfer Membership Rewards points from American Express Canada? Discover our point transfer tutorial.

The difference between Membership Rewards types

There are 2 types of American Express Membership Rewards points:

  • Membership Rewards
  • Select Membership Rewards

Membership Rewards

Membership Rewards come with 4 American Express charge cards:

The advantage of the Membership Rewards that come with these 4 American Express charge cards is that they can be transferred to:

  • airline partners
  • hotel partners
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My American Express membership rewards cards

Select Membership Rewards

Select Membership Rewards come with 3 credit cards:

Unlike Membership Rewards, Select Membership Rewards can only be transferred to:

  • hotel partners

It is therefore not possible to transfer Select Membership Rewards directly to airline programs such as Aeroplan.

However, you could go through the Marriott Bonvoy program which allows you to transfer your points to many airline programs including Aeroplan. Read this article to learn more.

Although the Choice Card from American Express™, the American Express Cobalt™ Card and the American Express Business Edge™ Card have a reduced points transfer capability compared to the other 4 cards, they are still attractive, especially because of their earning rate!

Membership Rewards transfer partners

Airline partners

American Express Canada partners with 6 airline loyalty programs. Here are all of them, with their transfer rate and the time it takes for the transfer to occur:

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1,000 Membership Rewards
=
1,000 Aeroplan miles

30 minutes

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1,000 Membership Rewards
=
1,000 Avios miles

5 working days

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1,000 Membership Rewards
=
750 SkyMiles miles

30 minutes

Asian amex

1,000 Membership Rewards
=
750 Asia miles

5 working days

amex alitalia

1,000 Membership Rewards
=
750 MilleMiglia miles

5 working days

amex etihad

1,000 Membership Rewards
=
750 Etihad Guest miles

3 working days

Hotel partners

American Express Canada partners with 2 hotel group loyalty programs. Here they are, with their transfer rate and the time it takes for the transfer to occur:

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1,000 Membership Rewards
=
1,200 Marriott Bonvoy points

5 working days

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1,000 Membership Rewards
=
1,000 Hilton Honors Points

5 working days

Transferring Membership Rewards, step by step

Find out how to transfer Membership Rewards from American Express to other loyalty programs.

1- Login to your online account

First of all, you will need to log in to your American Express online account from a computer (this does not work on the mobile application).

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2- Go to the Membership Rewards section

Click on “View and Exchange“.

You will then be taken to the Membership Rewards program page.

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If you do not have any other cards on your American Express online account, you can proceed to Step 4.

3- Make sure that the account indicated is the right one

If you have multiple cards linked to the same American Express online account, make sure the correct Membership Rewards account is selected.

To do so, click on “Set Account” and choose the corresponding account.

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4- Go to the page about participating loyalty programs

To go to the partner loyalty programs page:

  • go to the “Travel” tab
  • click on “Participating frequent flyer programs“.
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On this page, if you have one of these 4 cards, you will first see the airline partners, and then, at the bottom of the page, the hotel partners:

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If you have one of these 3 cards, you will only see the hotel partners:

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American Express Membership Rewards Membership Rewards transfer

5- Choose a program to which to transfer your points

Here, you have two options:

  • either you already have an account number with the loyalty program (Aeroplan, Marriott Bonvoy, etc.) = option A
  • either you do not have an account and would like American Express to open one for you = option B

Option A: add your existing membership number

This is the option we prefer because you have control over the account opening. You must readily know your loyalty number/password…

You will need to add your existing account number by following the different steps.

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Option B: ask American Express to open an account for you

We strongly prefer option A: if you let American Express open a loyalty program account for you, you will often have to wait a few days.

If you want to go with this option, here are the steps:

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6- Transfer your Membership Rewards

Then, once your account has been added, you will be able to transfer your Membership Rewards in 3 steps:

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American Express Membership Rewards Membership Rewards transfer

To transfer your Membership Rewards, you will need to add:

  • The amount of Membership Rewards to be transferred
  • Security information related to one of your American Express cards (4 digits CID in the front + 3 digits CSC in the back)
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American Express Membership Rewards Membership Rewards transfer

A verification screen will display to show you:

  • the number of Membership Rewards transferred
  • the number of points obtained for the partner loyalty program
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American Express Membership Rewards Membership Rewards transfer

Once the transfer is done, you will get a confirmation screen with your new points balance.

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American Express Membership Rewards Membership Rewards transfer

Check the status of your points transfers

To view a list of your Membership Rewards transfers, go to the “Your Points Account” menu and click on “My Rewards”.

You will then see this summary.

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American Express Membership Rewards Membership Rewards transfer

This post was not sponsored. The views and opinions expressed in this review are purely my own.

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