Where can you travel with 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points

Whether you’ve got a signup bonus from a credit card or you’ve saved up points for years, check out these options to get the most value out of 100,000 Membership Rewards points.

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The American Express Membership Rewards program offers both flexibility and value with competitive ongoing earn rates, a wide range of redemption options and no points expiry. It also offers valuable promotions and signup bonuses. The bonus points offers vary and only last for a promotional period, but some cards come with 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards when you meet the spend requirement. If you're considering an Amex card with a 100,000 bonus points offer or are saving up your points, you can use this guide to get some inspiration for the best ways to spend your Membership Rewards.

What rewards can you redeem with Membership Rewards?

The redemption options available through Membership Rewards are grouped into four key categories:

  • Travel. This includes flights, hotel bookings and car hire, as well as the option to transfer points to frequent flyer programs.
  • Shopping. You can use your points to shop directly with David Jones or Ticketmaster.
  • Gift cards. Membership Rewards offers a wide range of gift card options, from Westfield and iTunes to Hoyts, BP and Hertz.
  • Financial rewards. You can use your Membership Rewards points to pay off your credit card balance, pay your annual fee or make a charitable donation.

As with most reward programs, the dollar value of your points varies significantly depending on the redemption you choose. While there are thousands of options across all categories, travel redemptions – and particularly, transferring points to a frequent flyer program – tend to offer a high return rate on your points.

Frequent flyer flight options with 100,000 Membership Rewards points

A key feature that sets Membership Rewards apart from other reward programs is the number of frequent flyer program partners and the points conversion rate. For most options, 2 Membership Rewards point equals 1 frequent flyer point. We’ve focused the following sections on how far 100,000 Membership Rewards points (50,000 frequent flyer points) will get you when you transfer them to any of the following frequent flyer programs:

  • Virgin Velocity
  • Air New Zealand Airpoints
  • Asia Miles
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

The sections below give you examples of domestic and international flights you could take with 100,000 points, based on each frequent flyer program. Flight options are ranked from least to most points required for the redemption and include economy, premium economy and business class fares. Note that other taxes and surcharges may also apply.

It's also worth noting as well that although you can no longer transfer your points to Qantas frequent flyer through the Membership Rewards program, there are dedicated Amex Qantas cards.

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1. Virgin Velocityvelocity-ff-logo

All Membership Rewards customers can transfer their points to Virgin’s Velocity frequent flyer program. Below are the key details for transfers:

  • Transfer rate: Two Membership Rewards point = one Velocity point.
  • Minimum transfer: 2,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to one business day.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Velocity points.

2. Air New Zealand Airpointsnzairpointsbanner

The Air New Zealand frequent flyer program earns you Airpoint Dollars, rather than points. These “dollars” are worth AUD$1 each and can be redeemed for flights, travel and other rewards through the program.

  • Transfer rate: 200 Membership Rewards points = 1 Airpoint Dollar.
  • Minimum transfer: 2,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: One business day.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 500 Airpoint Dollars.

This exchange rate offers less value than most other options available for 100,000 Membership Rewards points, but we’ve still included some sample fares below to give you an idea of where you could go. One Airpoint Dollar also equals One Australian Dollar.

3. Asia Milesasia-miles-logo-2017

Asia Miles is a leading travel rewards program in Asia. While it’s most often associated with Cathay Pacific, it has 25 airline partners including Air China, American Airlines, British Airways and Qantas.

In terms of frequent flyer redemptions, Asia Miles offers flexibility in terms of airlines and destinations. In some cases, it can even offer better value than redeeming directly through an airline’s individual frequent flyer program (such as the Qantas Frequent Flyer program or Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club).

Below are the key details for Asia Miles, and some examples of where you can go if you transfer 100,000 Membership Rewards points to this program.

  • Transfer rate: Two Membership Rewards point = one Asia Mile.
  • Minimum transfer: 5,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to one business day.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Asia Miles.

4. Emirates Skywardsemirates-skywards-logo

Any Membership Rewards customer can transfer points to the Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program, just be aware that it does cost more to transfer your points to Skywards Miles than it does for most other frequent flyer programs.

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 Skywards Miles.
  • Minimum transfer: 2,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: One business day.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Skywards Miles.

The Skywards program only has limited redemption options from Australia, and most cost over 75,000 Skywards Miles for return flights. A flight from Sydney or Melbourne to Emirates’s base in Dubai, for example, costs 90,000 Skywards Miles. You can, however, fly from Perth to Dubai for 63,000 Skywards Miles.

The frequent flyer program also specifies that you can't spend Skywards Miles on special or flex fares in economy, including one-way flights, so with 75,000 points, you’re quite limited. Alternatively, you can use the points to upgrade Emirates tickets you’ve already purchased.

5. Etihad GuestEtihad-Airways

Etihad is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and is also a partner airline for Virgin Australia. All Membership Rewards customers can transfer their points to Etihad Guest Miles, with the following conditions:

  • Transfer rate: Two Membership Rewards point = one Etihad Guest Mile.
  • Minimum transfer: 1,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: 7 business days.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Etihad Guest Miles.

If you want to fly with Etihad, you can also try transferring your Membership Rewards points to the Virgin Velocity program. As Virgin Australia and Etihad are partners, you can redeem codeshare flights or direct flights through Velocity.

6. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyersingapore-airlines

Singapore Airlines is a leading carrier across Asia and offers many flight redemption options through the KrisFlyer rewards program. Here are the key details for transferring Membership Rewards points to your KrisFlyer account:

  • Transfer rate: Two Membership Rewards point = one KrisFlyer Mile.
  • Minimum transfer: 5,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to one business day.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 KrisFlyer Miles.

KrisFlyer also gives you the opportunity to save 15% on redemptions. To be eligible, choose a Saver awards fare on SilkAir flights, or a Saver or Standard awards fare on Singapore Airlines flights that you redeem online. We’ve included both the standard KrisFlyer Miles required and the discounted rates in the examples below.

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Other frequent flyer program partners

While the six frequent flyer programs above are popular and familiar options for many Australian travellers, Membership Rewards also has three other airline reward partners. These frequent flyer programs don’t offer Australian travellers as many options, but we’ve listed out some of the key points for each of them below.

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1. Malaysia Airlines

  • Transfer rate: Two Membership Rewards point = one Enrich Mile.
  • Minimum transfer: 1000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: Two business days.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Enrich Miles.
  • Flight redemptions: Flights can be redeemed for Malaysia Airlines or any oneworld partner airline.
International one-way flights
OriginDestinationJourney TypeFare ClassEnrich Miles
AustraliaKuala LumpurOne WayEconomy21,000
AustraliaKuala LumpurOne WayBusiness49,000

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2. THAI Royal Orchid Plus

  • Transfer rate: Two Membership Rewards point = one Royal Orchid Plus Mile.
  • Minimum transfer: 5,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: Five business days.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Royal Orchid Plus Miles.
  • Flight redemptions: Flights can be redeemed with THAI Air or Star Alliance airlines.
International flights (Star Alliance airlines)
OriginDestinationFare ClassRoyal Orchid Plus Miles
PerthBangkokEconomy22,500
Brisbane, Melbourne, SydneyBangkokEconomy27,500
SydneyPhuketEconomy27,500

Virgin-Atlantic

3. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

  • Transfer rate: One Membership Rewards point = one Flying Club Mile.
  • Minimum transfer: 2,000 points.
  • Estimated transfer time: Five business days.
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 100,000 Flying Club Miles.

Note: Virgin Atlantic is based in the United Kingdom and does not include Australian destinations on its rewards flight tables. Unless you spend a lot of time flying out of the UK, it would be better to consider transferring your Membership Rewards points to a different frequent flyer program if you want to use them to book flights.

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Other rewards you could get for 100,000 points

Not sure if you want to transfer your Membership Rewards points to a frequent flyer program? Here are some other redemptions you can make with 100,000 points.

  • Travel bookings with Webjet or helloworld. 100,000 Membership Rewards points will give you $500 of travel booked directly through Webjet or helloworld.
  • David Jones. Use your Membership Rewards points to shop directly with David Jones online. With 100,000 points, you get $500 to play with (20,000 Membership Rewards points = $100). A minimum of 3,000 points must be redeemed with each transaction.
  • Gift cards. With 100,000 Membership Rewards points, you could get up to $500 worth of gift cards for retailers including Coles Group & Myer, Westfield, Priceline and BP.
  • Credit to your account. You can also use your points to pay your annual fee or have money credited to your eligible American Express account.
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    EdwardApril 19, 2018

    Can I use my points to purchase a one way airline ticket from London to Australia for by son?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayApril 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Edward,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes, you can use your Membership Rewards Points to redeem or purchase a ticket for your son, provided you meet these conditions:

      1. Amex has received prior a written authorisation from you.
      2. All your accounts are active and kept in good standing and are not overdue.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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