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[American Express] 25% Transfer Bonus - AMEX MR to BA Avios

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Jon Lai wrote:
Sep 12th, 2017 2:07 pm
This is for Amex, not Avion.
I had a brain lock
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I have heard that AA is being more stingy on Avios redemption. For a week or two earlier this year, there was 0 availability because of a "system problem" where you couldn't even book AAsaver-eligible flights over the phone. Having said that, after their system came back up, there is usually plenty of flights from AA hubs or major cities with many daily flights to your destination. Plenty of choice all through the day from NY-BOS for example, even just 2 weeks out @ 7500pts + $10.

The best deals I'm aware of are intra-Australia (as low as 4500 one-way + $10 on Qantas, eg. MEL-SYD), intra-Japan (4500 to almost any destination from Tokyo on JAL). Most routes when flying in Cathay J (Business). Boston to Dublin for 12,500. West coast USA to Hawaii for 12,500. YVR-LAX for 7500... Routes in SE Asia flown by Malaysia Air are good too.
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This is my first time transferring MR to Avios.

I submitted the request Tuesday, got an email saying the transfer has been completed. However, I still do not see points in my BA account. I understand that it says it will take 5 days, but is it normal getting the a completed email but no points?

Thanks.
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Yes. It does take a few days to receive. You'll get a notice email when it's actually complete.
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submalst wrote:
Sep 11th, 2017 3:40 pm
I have found redemption using AVIOS for AA flights to be near impossible. It used to be very easy to find and book flights- now I even looking out months, I never find anything. The 25% bonus is nice, but if I cant find anything to use my points for, at a decent redemption, then whats the point?
If this is really true, can someone convince me otherwise why I should switch to avios? Without AA avios will be worthless.
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atomiton wrote:
Sep 12th, 2017 5:27 pm
Those are both GREAT uses of Avios.

YVR-LAX = 15k points.
YVR-NRT = 50k points

However, finding availability on JL can be a challenge. They usually only open up max 4 seats per flight. Within Japan, each segment is only 4,500 and in many cases have NO fuel surcharges.
+1

YVR-NRT = 50K points + $172 in fee is awesome use of Avios points.

JL availability is indeed a challenge; however, I noticed almost every second day, if not everyday, they have open up new seats.
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zyphere wrote:
Sep 11th, 2017 8:53 am
At 15K it should likely just get you short haul flights. Not much different from what 15K aeroplan would get you. They will work for AA flights assuming there's availability.



Avios is a distance based system meaning that flying to one city could be more expensive than the other even though they are both in the same region. As an example, it took me 105K for a one way biz class ticket on Avios from YYZ to HKG on Cathay.

It seems to me that they are better value for short haul flights. I was able to get flights for 10K to 15K within Asia.
Wow.. seems like its better deal with Alaska Airline where its 100k Biz class from YYZ to HKG/BKK. Plus Alaska now has partnership with Singapore Airlines.
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Just wanted to report back on a test transfer. On the Amex transfer site, even up to the confirmation it will show a 1:1 transfer ratio. Yes, there is an ad on the product details page that describes the promotion but the actual transfer does not account for the bonus.

They email confirmation both the received and completed shows a 1:1 transfer ratio as well.

The points showed in my avios account with the 25percrnt bonus so it is active and well.
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TeriyakiJack wrote:
Sep 15th, 2017 2:24 pm
Just wanted to report back on a test transfer. On the Amex transfer site, even up to the confirmation it will show a 1:1 transfer ratio. Yes, there is an ad on the product details page that describes the promotion but the actual transfer does not account for the bonus.

They email confirmation both the received and completed shows a 1:1 transfer ratio as well.

The points showed in my avios account with the 25percrnt bonus so it is active and well.
Thanks for the confirmation - I expected more than that from AMEX but at least the promotion works.
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tester85 wrote:
Sep 15th, 2017 9:06 am
Wow.. seems like its better deal with Alaska Airline where its 100k Biz class from YYZ to HKG/BKK. Plus Alaska now has partnership with Singapore Airlines.
This is one way or return? What are the best business/lowest surcharge using avios from yyz to pek?
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So I've used Avios in the past for trips like YYZ to LGA, but when I looked around a month ago I noticed that BA didn't seem to have any availability anymore. Am I searching wrong? Or is there another site I should be searching? BA availability seems pretty low
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greg123 wrote:
Sep 19th, 2017 7:36 am
This is one way or return? What are the best business/lowest surcharge using avios from yyz to pek?
its Return trip

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