American Express and Avios have been running frequent transfer bonuses around the globe. The last one they ran for India was in October 2012, with a similar 30% bonus. However, right after that there was a Membership Rewards devaluation, whereby, MR made all airline transfers, which were earlier 1.6 MR=1 mile/point, to 2 MR = 1Mile/Point except Jet Airways.
Anyhow, Amex and Avios are now running a 30% transfer bonus, whereby for every transfer of 2000 Amex MR to your Avios account, you will get 1300 Avios instead of the usual 1000. This brings your cost down to 1.54 MR per Avios. This promotion runs till July 15, 2013. Transfer is usually completed within 24 hours. The minimum transfer is for 1200 MR, and would cost Rs. 250 to implement.
Do remember, Avios redemptions from India on British Airways flights usually attract hefty fuel surcharges, however, you could use it for redemptions on other oneworld airlines as well.
If you’re some Avios short for your next redemption, I’d advise you use this promotion to top-up. Going by the way things are working here, I wouldn’t be surprised if a similar promotion comes by with PremierMiles soon.
- American Express offering 30% bonus on transfer to Avios (British Airways!)
- American Express devalues Membership Rewards in India