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Earn Air Miles fast with American Express

Air Miles

What are air miles?

Air miles is a term used to refer to points earned on Frequent Flyer Programmes that can be turned into complimentary flight awards and upgrades. At American Express we do not have a Frequent Flyer Programme, but the great thing is, points earned on a number of our cards can be used to redeem flights across a number of Frequent Flyer Programmes.

Find out more on how you can earn air miles through American Express.

Air miles are so easy to earn with American Express

Every time you use your Card, for everything from paying bills to picking up the weekly shop, you can also pick up Avios points, Membership Rewards points, or Starpoints® which you can convert into air miles for flight or upgrades.

What's more, as a new Cardmemeber you can earn bonus miles.

Find out how you can earn air miles through each of our three programmes:

How many air miles = a complimentary flight?

It very much depends on your Card and how you're using it. Here is an illustrative example of points required for a flight to New York based on which programme you choose. Points required will vary based on your destination.

For a return economy flight to New York, you will need

Avios points

  • 50,000 Avios points earned on either of your British Airways American Express Cards.

Starpoints

  • 50,000 Starpoints earned on the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, booked through SPG flights.
  • 50,000 Starpoints, when you transfer Starpoints to the BA Frequent Flyer Programme.
  • 29,500 Starpoints when you transfer Starpoints to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

Membership Rewards Points

  • 50,000 Membership Rewards Points transferred for Avios points, or
  • 29,500 Membership Rewards Points transferred for Virgin Flying Club Miles

The points required for each programme is based on the cost of a return economy flight to New York (inclusive of taxes and fees) as at 15th February, 2011.

Earn Avios points

Virtually everything you buy on your British Airways American Express Credit Card could be contributing towards your next trip by earning you Avios points. New Cardmembers can get off to a flying start with bonus Avios points introductory offers on either of our two Cards.

You will be automatically enrolled into the British Airways Executive Club when you are approved and receive your British Airways American Express Card. That means you can collect even more Avios points on British Airways flights and holidays, as well as through British Airways Executive Club partners.

Earn Avios points when you use the:

British Airways American Express® Credit Card
Representative 19.9% APR Variable
British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card
Representative example: Typical 50.1% APR Variable based on £75 annual fee, assumed borrowing of £1,200, rate of interest (variable) annual 19.9% / 1.53% per month.

Earn air miles through the Starwood Preferred Guest® Programme

Experience dream destinations faster with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. New Cardmembers can earn up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints® when you spend and charge £1,000 in the first 3 months of Cardmembership.

You can convert Starpoints to complimentary flights and upgrades on over 350 airlines with SPG Flights, with no blackout dates.

In addition to this, you can tranfer Starpoints to frequent flyer programmes of more than 30 airlines including Avios points and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Transfer 20,000 Starpoints to a frequent flyer programme and receive 5,000 Starpoints bonus from the SPG programme.

Turn your everyday purchases into amazing getaways with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Representative example: Typical 34.5% APR Variable based on £75 annual fee, assumed borrowing of £1,200, rate of interest (variable) annual 19.9% / 1.53% per month.

Earn air miles through the Membership Rewards

You can transfer points earned through the American Express Membership Rewards Programme to air miles across a number of airline Frequent Flyer Programmes.

Enjoy more ways to travel the world!

How to turn Membership Rewards points into air miles

If you are thinking of travelling with one of our Frequent Flyer Partners simply visit our Membership Rewards website to find out more about how to transfer your points.

Our partners often promote bonus offers when you transfer Membership Rewards points to their programme - which is one of the best ways to earn air miles.

Learn more about our Membership Rewards Programme
Frequent Flyer Partners
Alitalia Points Transfer
200 Membership Rewards points is equal to 300 miles
British Airways Points Transfer
1 Membership Rewards point is equal to 1 Avios point
bmi Points Transfer
1,000 Membership Rewards points is equal to 1,000 miles
Delta Points Transfer
1,000 Membership Rewards points is equal to 1,000 miles
Air France and KLM Points Transfer
400 Membership Rewards points is equal to 500 miles
Avios Transfer
12 Membership Rewards points is equal to 1 Avios
SAS Scandinavian Airlines Points Transfer
1 Membership Rewards point is equal to 1 mile
Singapore Airlines Points Transfer
1 Membership Rewards point is equal to 1 mile
Virgin Atlantic Points Transfer
1 Membership Rewards point is equal to 1 mile