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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.

The American Express Membership Rewards program offers both flexibility and value with a wide range of redemption options and no points expiry. Amex Membership Rewards credit cards also offer competitive points per $1 spent (earn rates), 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, here's some inspiration for the best ways to redeem Membership Rewards.

What can you redeem with Membership Rewards?

The redemption options available through Membership Rewards are grouped into 4 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 Myer.
  • Gift cards. Membership Rewards offers a wide range of gift cards from brands such as Westfield, Woolworths WISH, Hoyts, BP and JB Hi-Fi.
  • Financial rewards. You can use your Membership Rewards points to get credit on your account or to pay the annual fee for an eligible Amex card.

As with most reward programs, the dollar value of your points depends on the reward 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 or 3 Membership Rewards points equals 1 frequent flyer point.

We've also analysed how far 100,000 Membership Rewards points will get you when you transfer them to a selection of different frequent flyer program partners:

  • Velocity Frequent Flyer
  • Air New Zealand Airpoints
  • Asia Miles
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

These examples include domestic and international flights you could take with 100,000 points, based on each frequent flyer program. Flight options include economy, premium economy and business class fares. But keep in mind that other taxes and surcharges apply.

1. Velocity Frequent Flyervelocity logo

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

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 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 Airpointsair new zealand logo

The Air New Zealand frequent flyer program earns you Airpoints 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 Airpoints Dollar
  • Minimum transfer: 2,000 points
  • Estimated transfer time: One business day
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward Points = 500 Airpoints Dollars

This exchange rate offers less value than most other options available for 100,000 Membership Rewards points, giving you around $5 value for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points you transfer and redeem. But here are some flight examples based on an Air New Zealand flight search we conducted on 6 October 2023.

3. Asia Milesasia-miles-logo-2017

Asia Miles is a leading travel rewards program associated with Cathay Pacific and its partner airlines.

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: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 Asia Mile
  • Minimum transfer: 5,000 points
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to 1 business day
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Asia Miles

4. Emirates Skywardsemirates skywards logo

Membership Rewards is one of the only credit card reward programs that lets you transfer points to Emirates Skywards. But it does cost more to transfer your points to Skywards Miles than it does for most other frequent flyer program partners.

  • Transfer rate: 3 Membership Rewards points = 1 Skywards Miles
  • Minimum transfer: 3,000 points (must be in increments of 3 points)
  • Estimated transfer time: 1 business day
  • Exchange rate: 99,999 Membership Reward points = 33,333 Skywards Miles

The Emirates Skywards Miles frequent flyer program doesn't provide public details of the Skywards Miles needed for reward flights. But you can log in to your frequent flyer account to search and book reward flights.

5. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyersingapore airlines logo

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: 3 Membership Rewards points = 1 KrisFlyer Mile
  • Minimum transfer: 7,500 points (must be in increments of 3 points)
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to 1 business day
  • Exchange rate: 99,999 Membership Reward points = 33,333 KrisFlyer Miles

Singapore Airlines offers a wide range of international flights, but options are limited from Australia if you only have 30,000 KrisFlyer Miles. So we've also included some that are slightly over this amount.

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Other frequent flyer program partners

While the 5 frequent flyer programs above are popular and familiar options for many Australian travellers, Membership Rewards also has other loyalty program partners. So we've included details of the point transfer rates for them.
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Etihad Guest

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 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
  • Flight redemptions: Flights can be redeemed with Etihad Airways or any partner airline

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Hawaiian Airlines

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 HawaiianMiles
  • Minimum transfer: 2,000 points
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to 1 business day
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Etihad Guest miles
  • Flight redemptions: Flights can be redeemed with Hawaiian Airlines or any partner airline

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Malaysia Airlines

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 Enrich Mile
  • Minimum transfer: 1000 points
  • Estimated transfer time: 2 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
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Qatar Airways Privilege Club

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 Avios
  • Minimum transfer: 500 points
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to 1 business day
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Avois
  • Flight redemptions: Flights can be redeemed with Qatar Airways or any partner airline

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2. Thai Royal Orchid Plus

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 Royal Orchid Plus Mile
  • Minimum transfer: 5,000 points
  • Estimated transfer time: 5 business days
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Royal Orchid Plus Miles.
  • Flight redemptions: Flights can be redeemed with Thai Air, Star Alliance airlines and any other partner airlines
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3. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

  • Transfer rate: 2 Membership Rewards points = 1 Virgin point
  • Minimum transfer: 2,000 points
  • Estimated transfer time: Up to 1 business day
  • Exchange rate: 100,000 Membership Reward points = 50,000 Virgin points

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 worth 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 such as Coles Group & Myer, Bunnings Warehouse and BP.
  • Credit to your account. Depending on your card, you could 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?

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      MayApril 19, 2018Finder

      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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