Cancelled My AMEX Platinum and Transferred Points to Singapore Air

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I recently cancelled my AMEX Platinum and transferred points to Singapore Airlines.  Actually it was my wife’s credit card that she earned 100,000 MR points on a while back.  I had a tough time deciding where to transfer the membership rewards points before cancelling the credit card.  I redeemed $200 of United airline gift cards last year and $200 this year through the gift registry to help offset the $450 before cancelling.  Here were my thoughts on where to transfer my miles.

I thought about my future travel destinations and pinpointed the following possibilities:

  • Hawaii
  • Europe
  • Asia

Given the three options above I pinpointed the following transfer partners:

  • Aeroplan.  The one-way 45,000 business class awards on Star Alliance partners to Europe are a great deal.  The main problem is availability from the west coast is quite rare and also partners such as Lufthansa have fuel surcharges.
  • ANA.  Besides United and US Airways, ANA charges fuel surcharges.  The fuel surcharges to Taipei on Eva Air are not too bad, at about $300-$400 roundtrip and 90,000 miles.  However, I don’t like to be limited to round trip tickets.
  • Singapore Airlines.  I’ve been wanting to try Singapore Airlines, but the only route I would likely take is LAX-NRT business or suites class.  Since my sister lives in Japan, it seems like a practical choice.  Fuel surcharges are also $300-$400 on a roundtrip.  The other sweet spot is 17,500 SQ miles on a one-way United trip to Hawaii.

I ended up choosing Singapore Airline miles because I want to try Singapore Airlines business class in the future.  Using SQ miles is the best way to fly their premium product.  Also, Hawaii is one of my favorite places and can give me another option for a direct flight to Hawaii for only 17,500 SQ miles each way if I can’t find Avios (12.5K one-way) availability to Hawaii.  I didn’t consider transferring to Avios because I could transfer Ultimate Rewards. The downside to transferring to Singapore is it won’t give me the option to go to Europe unless I take JFK-FRA route, which is limited in availability.  I also live on the west coast so that is inconvenient.

The current AMEX Platinum offer is 40,000 MR points, if you are in need of MR points.  It’s a decent offer, but there could possibly be a higher offer in the future.  However, nothing is certain.

What is your favorite transfer partner for American Express Membership Rewards?

9 comments for “Cancelled My AMEX Platinum and Transferred Points to Singapore Air

  1. Gaurav
    March 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Singapore is a pretty cool option for transfer. I booked a one way return on United metal from Hawaii to Boston for 17,500 miles each after transferring AmEx points. Pretty good deal.

    • March 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      That’s a great deal! United metal is better than AA metal from my experience flying to and from Hawaii.

  2. choi
    March 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    what was the bonus did your wife sign up with ? MMS post about the future of Amex signup bonus, may not be able to churn again in the future.

    • March 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      She signed up for AMEX Platinum personal 100K points last year.

  3. Alcwj
    March 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Do they offer any retention bonus? I also hear that if you cancel too early they will give you hard time, is that true?

    • March 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      They offered 10K points I think. Don’t think it’s worth 450. They always give you a hard time regardless. Just say no thanks

      • Paul
        March 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

        Hard time? I rec’d 50K MR retention bonus for my biz plat and 25K for my personal Plat. Plus both rec’d $100 AA credit. Also rec’d the $200 rebate for airlines. No brainer to keep the cards – they are paying me to hold them. Just go put spend on those cards – my spend is 100% MS with cash back, so negative cost spend. Easiest decision ever to keep the cards. And now that you can’t churn the cards, it makes zero sense to cancel.

        FWIW, SO just got 25K MRs for her PRG retention today (and rec’d 50K for her Plat retention). Again, no brainer decisions.

        You’re doing things very wrong if you are cancelling Plats.

  4. sil
    March 24, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I have 95k MR points I want to transfer. How easy is it to find “saver” awards for Singapore airlines first class suite during Xmas season? Also, do Singapore miles expire after a certain period of time?

    • March 24, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Might be tough. Create an account and you can search. Krisflyer won’t expire if you have activity every 18 months like transferring 1K every 18 mos

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