American Express just added even more value to their Membership Rewards program as Qantas is the newest transfer partner.
Qantas, an Australian based carrier, is the 19th airline transfer partner for the Membership Rewards program. Points transfer between the two programs at a 1:1 ratio and must be transferred in 500 point increments.
Qantas miles can also be transferred from Citi and Capital One, and their award rates are definitely not the cheapest. However, it does add another option for redemptions. Do note that these rates do not include fuel surcharges and taxes/fees.
Qantas opens up award availability to its elite members first, so it can be tough to find award availability between the United States and Australia, particularly in premium cabins.
Qantas Frequent Flyer members will also be able to use Qantas to book on its partners, but again the prices aren’t cheap. Their partners are Aer Lingus, Air Niugini, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Eastern, Dragonair, El Al, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, and TAM Linhas Aéreas.
It’s never a bad thing for new transfer partners. This is just an example of why transferable-point cards are some of the best to have in your wallet.
While these redemptions aren’t the cheapest, Qantas as a transfer partner does open up the possibility of booking on their partners, several which were not part of another program.