Membership Rewards is the rewards programme for American Express, covering its Green, Platinum and Centurion charge cards and the Preferred Rewards Gold and Amex Rewards credit cards. You can also earn Membership Rewards points via the Business Platinum and Business Gold charge cards for SMEs.
Every 18 months or so, I like to ask for your help in putting together a list of the actual (as opposed to promised) time taken to transfer points from the UK version of American Express Membership Rewards to various airline and hotel programmes.
The list below is where we ended up last time.
I thought it was time to update it. If you have done a Membership Rewards transfer recently, or will be doing one in the next few days, please let me know how long it took by posting a comment under this article.
All of these transfer times are for transfers where the relevant airline or hotel account is already linked to your Membership Rewards account. If they are not linked, you should expect your first transfer to take a little longer.
Two tricks to note
If you have never transferred out of Membership Rewards before, one thing you should note is that transfers to Virgin Atlantic, Delta and Emirates are INSTANT as long as your accounts are already linked. This is a very handy function because, if you see a reward flight you want, you know that you can transfer over the points with minimal risk of losing the seat.
The other thing to note is that some partners have very low transfer thresholds. Nectar is just 1 point. Radisson Rewards is 3 points. Hilton Honors is 200 points. If you are emptying out your Membership Rewards points to Avios then you will have some left over because transfers must be in multiples of 500. Nectar, Radisson and Hilton are a good way of using up the rest.
What are UK Membership Rewards transfer times?
References to ‘day’ in this article technically mean ‘night’! If I say ‘1 day’ it means that if you do the transfer at some point during today it should arrive in your account at some point tomorrow.
Points generally arrive in your account well before the completion email arrives from American Express, so you should not treat the confirmation email as the actual arrival time. It is normally better.
Airlines (correct as at 2017 with updates I know about, let me know what’s changed):
Alitalia MilleMiglia – 1 day
British Airways Executive Club – 1-2 days
Delta SkyMiles – instantaneous
Emirates Skywards – instantaneous
Etihad Guest – 1-3 days
Flying Blue – 1-2 days
Iberia Plus – 1-2 days
SAS Eurobonus – 1-2 days
Singapore Airlines Krisflyer – 1 day
Virgin Airlines Flying Club – instantaneous
Hilton Honors – 1-2 days
Marriott Bonvoy – 1 day
Radisson Rewards – 4 days (one case took 7 days)
Nectar – 1 day
Thanks for your input!
PS. If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to get the ‘free for life’ American Express Rewards Credit Card.
Learn more about the Membership Rewards cards mentioned above
Here is the legally required interest rate information on the credit cards mentioned above, together with links to our detailed reviews:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 in three months – apply here – our American Express Gold review is here – representative APR 57.6% variable including fee (free in year 1) based on a notional £1200 credit limit, interest rate on purchases 22.9% variable
The Platinum Card from American Express – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £4,000 in three months – apply here – our American Express Platinum review is here – this is a charge card which must be repaid in full each month
American Express Rewards – sign-up bonus of up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points based on card variant – apply here – our Amex Rewards review is here – representative APR of 9.9% or 22.9% variable depending on which version you choose
American Express Gold Business – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 in three months – apply here – our Amex Gold Business review is here – this is a charge card which must be repaid in full each month
American Express Platinum Business – sign-up bonus of 40,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £6,000 in three months – apply here – our Amex Platinum Business review is here – this is a charge card which must be repaid in full each month