American Express adds Qantas Frequent Flyer as new transfer partner

Jun 22, 2020

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Membership Rewards, the points currency of American Express U.K., has added Qantas Frequent Flyer as its sixteenth transfer partner. As first reported by Head for Points, American Express has added the option to transfer Membership Rewards to Qantas Frequent Flyer at a 1:1 rate.

This is welcome news for U.K.-based flyers, as Qantas is a member of the Oneworld alliance, allowing you to earn and redeem Qantas points on fellow Oneworld airlines like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, American Airlines and more. Qantas also partners closely with non-alliance airline Emirates.

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As with other airline transfer partners, Membership Rewards can be transferred to the Australian-based Qantas Frequent Flyer programme at a rate of 1:1, with a minimum transfer amount of 500 points. The Membership Rewards site suggests transfers will take three business days, though we have experienced actual transfer times to other airline partners that are shorter than the publicised times.

During normal operations, Qantas runs double daily flights from London Heathrow’s (LHR) Terminal 3, where it operates its own lounge. Qantas flies an Airbus A380 to Sydney (SYD) via Singapore (SIN) and a nonstop Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Perth (PER), one of the world’s longest flights.

Related: Awesome Aussie: A review of Qantas first class on the A380, Melbourne to LAX

Membership Rewards points are one of the most valuable points currencies you can earn, as they provide flexibility in how they can be used. Adding another transfer option only increases their value. The Membership Rewards programme already includes popular transfer partners like British Airways Executive Club and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club through to lesser-known programmes like Alitalia MilleMiglia and SAS EuroBonus.

You can learn more about Membership Rewards and how to earn them here, and stay tuned the best uses of Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

Featured image by Ryan Patterson / The Points Guy

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