How to use your stock of Amex Platinum Points for a summer vacation

If you’ve been sitting on a stash of American Express Points from your American Express Platinum Card, summer is the perfect time to use them. Whether you’re organizing a family vacation, upgrading your honeymoon or simply jetting off to a new destination, knowing how to redeem your Amex Points can give you great summer vacation opportunities.

Here are some of the best ways to use your American Express Membership Rewards and take advantage of Prime Platinum perks for an unforgettable summer vacation.

Transfer Amex Rewards Points to flight partners

With countless airline partners, it’s easy to get the most value from your Amex Points by transferring them to airline loyalty programs.

Here is the full list of Amex Airlines’ transportation partners: Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France/KLM, ANA, Avianca, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Hawaii, Iberia, JetBlue, Qantas and Singapore Virgin Atlantic. Keep an eye out for transfer bonuses that offer an additional percentage of points when transferred to a specific partner.

Remember, once you transfer your points, you can’t convert them back into Amex Membership Rewards points, so make sure you have a strategy in place before transferring them.

Choose the best value conversions

Being strategic about transferring your Amex Points can give you more bang for your buck. If you are willing to explore several options for booking the same flight, you may save a lot.

  • For international trips to Europe in style, transfer points to Virgin Atlantic for Delta Air Lines, which can offer higher value than transferring them directly to Delta SkyMiles. If you travel during the standard off-peak Virgin times (June 6-17), you’ll pay just 47,500 Virgin Points for Business Class Delta One from the US Central or East Coast to the UK one way. Routes to other European destinations cost 50,000 Delta One Business points one way. For short-haul Delta economy flights within the United States, 500-mile routes start at 7,500 Virgin and 8,500 for 10,000-mile routes.

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  • If you have ever set your eyes on HawaiiSkip transfers to Hawaiian Airlines. Alternatively, convert your Amex points to British Airways and use BA Avios to fly to the islands from the West Coast on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines for up to 13,000 Avios round trip in economy class.
  • If you prefer a summer escape to AfricaTransfer points to Etihad Airways from New York (JFK) to Casablanca (CMN) for 22,000 miles one way in Economy / 44,000 miles one way in business on Royal Air Maroc.
  • If you have set your eyes on AsiaTransfer points to ANA for travel from Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo for 30,000 points in economy or 54,000 points in one-way business for a summer vacation in Asia.

Use Insider rates at Amex Travel to book flights

You can always use your points to book fares through Amex Travel. While it may not provide the best value, it is easier than understanding the ins and outs of carriers, especially for beginners.

Platinum cardholders can get a special insider rate when paying with points. Use the booking tool to search for flights, then use the filter to the left of the search results to select “inside passenger fares”. Don’t forget that you can earn frequent flyer miles on tickets purchased with points through the Amex Travel Portal.

Finally, Platinum Cardholders can select a US-based carrier (Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest, or United) within their Amex account for credit up Up to $200 to offset fees such as baggage fees, seat fees, lounge tickets or onboard facility/food/beverage fees when paying with your Amex Platinum Card.

Use your Amex Rewards points to book hotels

Transfer to hotel programs

Amex has only three hotel transportation partners: Hilton, Marriott, and Choice Privileges. When booking, compare hotel redemption rates on Amex Travel to ensure you’re getting the best rate possible. Converting your Amex points to hotel programs isn’t the best way to use the points, but if you really want to use them for hotels, research what redemption you want before transferring.

  • Convert your rewards points at a 1:2 ratio to Hilton. Even though you get double the points, Hilton Points rates are usually inflated, so they don’t always work in your favor. However, you can get the fifth night free on award stays, and the Platinum Card also gives you gold status within the Hilton program, which offers benefits like upgrades and breakfast credits.
  • Marriott transfers at a 1:1 ratio. So it may be best to save your Amex Points for other uses unless you need to upgrade your Marriott account. However, the Platinum Card grants you Bonvoy Gold status, which entitles you to perks like late check-out and upgrades. And you get the 5th night free when you pay with points.
  • Convert Amex points at 1:1 for choice perks. These properties (such as Comfort Inns and Cambria) are not luxury hotels but they are a solid option when cash prices for accommodation in expensive cities like London or Manhattan are high.

Use the Amex Travel Portal to book Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts

Using the Amex Travel Portal for hotels isn’t always the best deal. But booking hotels in the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts collection comes with additional perks, such as room upgrades (when available), daily breakfast for two, guaranteed late check-out at 4pm, noon check-in (when available), free Wi-Fi, and A $100 property benefit credit. Platinum Cardholders who book an Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts or Hotel Collection with cash will receive a $200 credit.

Don’t forget to check your Amex Deals, which may contain credits or discounts for booking certain hotel brands like Hilton Mexico or Kimpton Hotels.

Keep an eye on the Amex Travel homepage for additional hotel deals, too. Currently, thanks to a special promotion, Platinum Cardholders who book the Ritz-Carlton Maui Kapalua by May 31, 2022 for five nights (or more) staying through December 17, 2022 receive a $500 real estate credit in addition to the normal fine perks. Hotels and resorts.

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Use Amex Travel to book cruises and car rentals

Cruises

Booking cruises using Amex Travel’s ‘Pay with Points’ feature is not the most lucrative option. You will get a fixed value of 0.7 cents per point, and it is best to extract a value of at least 1 or 2 cents per point. But, you may earn perks like data credits or discounts depending on current promotions, which vary by cruise and cruise line.

Car Rental

You can use the points payment feature when booking prepaid car rentals through Amex Travel, although it’s not the best value use for your points. The Platinum Card also gives cardholders Hertz Gold Plus Reward status, which offers discounts and upgrades.

Upgrade your flight

Flight upgrades using Amex Points

Make sure you book on one of the airlines that Amex allows upgrading to. Upgrade your ride by logging into Amex, then clicking in the top left corner on the menu button. Find Rewards and then Membership Rewards Home. Then, click on “Book or upgrade travel”. On the next screen, click on Explore Upgrades. Enter your booking code and last name to see if your booking qualifies (some flights may not be).

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Amex Platinum provides cardholders with access to the Global Lounge suite, including Centurion Lounges and the Priority Pass Lounge network, among others, when they travel.

Universal Entry/TSA Pre-Check

Make your journey easier by using your $100 statement credit when you apply for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry.

Eligibility level and benefits vary by card. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details. The subscription was made by Amex Assurance Company.

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