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.

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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)
ZoneOne-Way
Miles
EconomyPremium
Economy
BusinessFirst
10-6008,00013,80018,40027,600
2601 – 1,20012,00020,60027,60041,500
31,201 – 2,40018,00031,00041,50062,200
42,401 – 3,60020,30042,20057,00085,500
53,601 – 4,80025,20051,30068,400102,600
64,801 – 5,80031,50061,50082,000123,100
75,801 – 7,00037,60071,10094,900142,300
87,001 – 8,40041,90081,300108,400162,800
98,401 – 9,60051,20094,900126,500189,800
109,601 – 15,00055,200108,400144,600216,900
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Here’s some sample one-way award costs from Singapore:

 EconomyBusinessFirst
SIN-PER20,30057,000N/A
SIN-SYD/MEL/BNE25,20068,400102,600
SIN-LHR37,60094,900142,300

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)

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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. 

ZoneOne-Way
Miles
EconomyPremium
Economy
BusinessFirst
10-60010,00015,80020,00029,000
2601-1,20014,00023,70030,00043,500
31,201-2,40020,00034,50043,80064,500
42,401-3,60024,50048,50061,20089,800
53,601-4,80030,20059,00075,000107,700
64,801-5,80037,80070,80090,000129,300
75,801-7,00045,00081,800104,500149,800
87,001-8,40050,30093,500119,200170,800
98,401-9,60061,500109,000139,200199,300
109,601-15,00066,200124,800159,000227,500

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.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

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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