Good news – American Express is bringing in a new Membership Rewards transfer partner
Bad news – it could not be less interesting
The new partner is, erm, Aer Lingus Avios. Yes, someone went to all the trouble of negotiating a transfer deal with Aer Lingus – even though you can already move your Amex points to British Airways Executive Club and move them across to avios.com / Aer Lingus from there.
Well done. Your parents are proud of you. Why don’t you get on the ‘phone to Hyatt instead …..?
The only possible upside I can see here is that there may be a transfer bonus to launch this new partnership, which would allow us to move our Membership Rewards points to Aer Club with an uplift and then across to British Airways Executive Club.
The partnership launches “imminently” in the US and “later this year” for those of us in the UK.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.