The main appeal of Amex points, for those who want to maximize their value, is the ability to transfer points to the Aeroplan and Avios airline programs (at a 1 to 1 rate). But there are other transfer partners, including a new one that was added in 2021.
We’ll have a detailed guide to Amex points soon, since there are so many cards that give you these very lucrative and versatile points.
In the meantime, we’ve explained the basics in the 37 good uses of 87,500 Amex points (that’s how many points you can currently earn easily just with the American Express Cobalt Card‘s exceptional increased welcome bonus).
Here’s an overview of the Flying Blue addition.
In the second half of 2021, the Flying Blue rewards program of Air France and KLM (and a few other affiliated airlines) was added as an Amex Canada transfer partner.
But it’s not as valuable.
To give an example, even though I use a lot of rewards to pay for my travel (see my 53 free nights with Marriott and my 24 reward flights with Aeroplan in 2019 alone), I’ve never used Amex airline partners other than Aeroplan and Avios.
There are now 4 others:
- Air France/KLM Flying Blue
- Delta SkyMiles
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Etihad Guest
For those, the transfer rate is a little less attractive, at 1 to 0.75… as opposed to 1 for 1 with Aeroplan and Avios.
But it’s still better to have the option than not to have it at all. And there are definitely some very specific situations where Flying Blue (or the other 3) can be a very good use of Amex points.
We’ll be sharing the best uses of these programs shortly (to be clear: there are definitely fewer than with Aeroplan or Avios), but we wanted to at least let you know that it’s now a possibility as many are interested in the American Express Cobalt Card because of its increased bonus.
Flying Blue miles can be interesting for specific sweet spots and especially for the special promotions offered each month for specific routes, with good discounts.
For example, until tomorrow, it costs only 32,250 Flying Blue points for Montreal-Paris roundtrip.
So for example, the 87,500 Amex points of the American Express Cobalt Card‘s welcome bonus would give you 2 roundtrips to France, which is not bad at all.
For those who have Amex points already, it’s too late to take advantage unfortunately if you haven’t linked your accounts yet, so you can do that to be ready. The promo might return.
As a reminder, be very sure before transferring points, as transfers are always one-way and permanent. So never do it speculatively: just transfer when you are sure you are ready to use them (no matter which partner you are transferring to).
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The American Express rewards program has a (relatively) new option for transferring your points: the Air France/KLM Flying Blue program. We’ll have more details in our Amex program guide shortly.
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