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Help me build a list of Amex Membership Rewards transfer times

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I’d like to enlist your help in a new crowdsourcing operation!

A fairly common question I get asked by email is how long it takes American Express to transfer Membership Rewards points to a specific airline or hotel partner.

I thought it would be useful if I tried to compile a list of approximate transfer times.

This thread will remain open for the usual 2 weeks, at which point I will re-run the article to give it an extra two weeks of life.

If you make a Membership Rewards transfer from the UK scheme within the next month, can you please track how many days it takes and then add a comment to this article?

I am only interested in the airline and hotel partners, plus Eurostar Frequent Traveller and Nectar.

Amex Membership Rewards

Please ONLY do this if your Membership Rewards account is ALREADY linked to your airline or hotel account.  If you have never transferred to a particular airline or hotel before, the first transaction always takes longer because Amex initially asks the partner to verify your account – which may take anything from 30 seconds to 3-4 days – and only then initiates the transfer process.

To start off, here are partners which I know transfer INSTANTLY as long as your accounts are already linked:

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Delta Air Lines

Emirates Skywards

Thank you in advance for your feedback.  Hopefully we can put together a useful reference resource.

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Comments (55)

  • aj says:

    when will amex do a bonus for Ba transfer ?

    • Rob says:

      Not until they get worried about any fall off in conversions following the Avios devaluation!

  • Arran says:

    I requested a transfer on Wednesday night of 12,000 AMEX points to BA Avios, I received confirmation of completion of transfer from AMEX on Thursday afternoon. The BA Avios were showing on my BAEC account Friday morning.