American Express adds Qantas to Membership Rewards transfer partners

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American Express cardholders can now transfer Membership Rewards to Qantas Frequent Flyer, bringing the total airline partners to 9.

American Express cardholders can now transfer Membership Rewards points to Qantas Frequent Flyer. This becomes their 9th frequent flyer partner, bringing the total oneworld airlines under Membership Rewards to four. 

Transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Qantas

American Express Membership Rewards points can be transferred to Qantas at a ratio of 400:250. Transfer fees are waived for all Platinum cardholders, while AMEX Rewards cardholders will pay S$20 per transfer. 

amex membership rewards qantas

⚠️ The 400:250 transfer ratio applies to AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders. For all other AMEX cards, the ratio is 450:250

While other programs list estimated transfer times of 4-8 weeks, Qantas Frequent Flyer has a transfer time of just one business day. 

What can you do with Qantas Frequent Flyer points?

Qantas new Business Class

Not a whole lot, sadly.

Qantas has two award charts: Qantas Classic Flight Rewards, and Partner Classic Flight Rewards. 

The Qantas Classic Flight Rewards chart is cheaper, but only applies to travel entirely on:

  • Qantas
  • Jetstar
  • Airnorth
  • Fiji Airways
  • Air Vanuatu
  • American Airlines
  • Emirates (for bookings made before 31 Aug 20)
Zone One-Way
Miles
Economy Premium
Economy
Business First
1 0-600 8,000 13,800 18,400 27,600
2 601 – 1,200 12,000 20,600 27,600 41,500
3 1,201 – 2,400 18,000 31,000 41,500 62,200
4 2,401 – 3,600 20,300 42,200 57,000 85,500
5 3,601 – 4,800 25,200 51,300 68,400 102,600
6 4,801 – 5,800 31,500 61,500 82,000 123,100
7 5,801 – 7,000 37,600 71,100 94,900 142,300
8 7,001 – 8,400 41,900 81,300 108,400 162,800
9 8,401 – 9,600 51,200 94,900 126,500 189,800
10 9,601 – 15,000 55,200 108,400 144,600 216,900

Here’s some sample one-way award costs from Singapore:

  Economy Business First
SIN-PER 20,300 57,000 N/A
SIN-SYD/MEL/BNE 25,200 68,400 102,600
SIN-LHR 37,600 94,900 142,300

Remember that even though Qantas has scrapped fuel surcharges on revenue tickets, they continue to impose them on award tickets because…they can. This makes KrisFlyer redemptions on Singapore Airlines a much better option overall (especially when Spontaneous Escapes return)

If you’re looking to redeem awards on the rest of Qantas’ partners, you’ll have to use the Partner Classic Flight Rewards table.

  • Air France
  • Air Niugini
  • Alaska Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • Cathay Dragon
  • El Al
  • Emirates (for bookings made from 1 Sep 20)
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM
  • LATAM
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

Awards here are more expensive, costing 12% more on average. 

Zone One-Way
Miles
Economy Premium
Economy
Business First
1 0-600 10,000 15,800 20,000 29,000
2 601-1,200 14,000 23,700 30,000 43,500
3 1,201-2,400 20,000 34,500 43,800 64,500
4 2,401-3,600 24,500 48,500 61,200 89,800
5 3,601-4,800 30,200 59,000 75,000 107,700
6 4,801-5,800 37,800 70,800 90,000 129,300
7 5,801-7,000 45,000 81,800 104,500 149,800
8 7,001-8,400 50,300 93,500 119,200 170,800
9 8,401-9,600 61,500 109,000 139,200 199,300
10 9,601-15,000 66,200 124,800 159,000 227,500

There are some unique partners on this list, like Air Niugini and El Al, but none of the award rates are particularly competitive. 

Where else can you transfer American Express points?

With this addition, American Express now has nine airline and two hotel transfer partners, making its points the second most flexible in Singapore, after Citibank. 

KrisFlyer
Star Alliance
           
             
               
               
               
Oneworld
   
             
           
           
             
SkyTeam
             
               
Non-aligned
             
             
Hotels
               
               
             
               

Conclusion

Even though I’m not aware of many use cases for Qantas points, it’s always good to have additional transfer partner variety. And who knows? With ANA, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates coming to see the light on fuel surcharges, maybe Qantas will remove them from award tickets in the near future.

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Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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ithh

Award availability especially in premium cabins on QF metal is very hard to find.For travel to AU, EK, BA and sometimes even CX (via HKG) are more common options.

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