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American Express Membership Rewards transfer rate to Marriott Bonvoy confirmed

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This is not unexpected, but it is good to have it confirmed.

The American Express Membership Rewards hotel transfers page (click here) has been updated to show that transfers to the new combined Marriott / Starwood programme will go through at a 2:3 ratio.

It erroneously shows as ‘3 Starpoints’ instead of ‘3 points’ but I’m sure Amex will fix that.

This is as we expected, as the old ratio to Starwood was 2:1 with Starwood to Marriott at 1:3.

In theory transfers should restart from today after a suspension whilst the Starwood / Marriott IT merger was completed.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our September 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

The following offers will expire on 2nd November 2021:

  • 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express
  • 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus
  • 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express

Here are the top current deals:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (160)

  • Craig says:

    Still Platinum for me, at least for now!

  • e.thomas says:

    O/T IHG points expiring.
    I have no need for hotel booking in known future.
    Would be very grateful for any suggestions to stop points expiring.
    Does buying from the shopping catalogue work? But most items seem an awful lot of points.
    Thanks in advance

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – I think there’s someone here collecting Alaska Airlines via Marriott Travel Packages (Alan?). They are doing a Mystery sales at up to 50% bonus.

    Source: LL and OMAT

    • Alan says:

      Nope, I topped up my UA account. Don’t even have an AS one so didn’t want to start a whole new one!

    • Alex W says:

      That was me – over a week and they haven’t arrived in my (newly opened) Alaska account yet.
      Thanks for the sale info – even at $0.02 each I am not a buyer with the current exchange rate (thanks Brexit).

      • Lady London says:

        Haha my bet is that side of things is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

        It will for sure get better again but meanwhile the money men will make money on the swing down and on the swing up.

  • Dave says:

    O/T – I can’t seem to see the progress bars towards qualifying spend when I sign into my Amex account. Have they moved?


  • mr dee says:

    Still can’t transfer, hope it gets fixed asap

  • krys_k says:

    OT. I only received 64k out of 90k Avios points from Iberia. Written three times. No reply. Anyone else in this position having subsequently successful received their points?

  • Anon says:

    OT. Hoping to book business class flights to Johannesburg with BA. There is a choice of the 747 or the A380 there and back. What are people’s preferences, is one better than the other. I know and have experienced the upper cabin of the 747, but not really had that much experience of the BA A380. Any advice appreciated.

    • TripRep says:

      Upper Deck on A380 in CW is ok, smaller than main deck, but quieter IMHO.

      Done it from MIA to LHR & LHR to SIN

    • Genghis says:

      Not all seats are equal on BA as you may know. I prefer 744 UD 62A/K, 64A/K even though it’s more clapped out than the 388 53A/K. I rarely watch the entertainment system anyway.

      • Alan says:

        Agreed, you can imagine how gutted I was when two trips booked in 64K got switched to 777 🙁

    • Jamie says:

      I’ve only done that route in economy and premium economy – the A380 is obviously newer (and quieter, more comfortable etc) although found the crew more attentive and friendlier on the 747, I think the 747 is operated by an old worldwide crew and A380 is mixed fleet (not 100% sure on that though!) Tbh if avios isn’t a factor I would always recommend Virgin or even SAA over BA for that route!

    • frakie says:

      I love the upper deck of the 747. It’s like a private jet. It’ll not be around for long so I’d always take that where available

      • Ben says:

        I prefer the 747 on that route but if you get stuck with the old planes (less business class seats) then the entertainment is pointless. With the time of the 747 flight its more about maximizing sleep for me.

    • PhilW says:

      Having done both in quick succession several time in the last year I much prefer the quietness of the A380

  • Alex says:

    I have been spg gold for 8 years thru the amex plat card, but I’m now silver, is that right?

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