I’m a HUGE fan of American Express’ rewards program, Membership Rewards (MR) for a couple of reasons.  MRs can be transferred to the following programs:

  • Air Canada Aeroplan at a 1 to 1 ratio
  • British Airways Avios at a 1 to 1 ratio
  • Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles at a 1 to 0.75 a ratio
  • Alitalia’s MilleMiglia Miles at a 1 to a 0.75 ratio
  • Delta’s Skymiles at a 1 to 0.75 ratio
  • Etihad Guest Miles at a 1 to 0.75 ratio

The most prevalent program for Canadians is of course Aeroplan points but the beauty of MR points is that you now have the option of transferring to a multitude of partners.

Now most of the points I earn are through credit card sign ups and credit card spend so if you are going to earn 1 point per dollar spent, why wouldn’t you earn in a currency that provides you with more flexibility.

If you earn in MR, you then can look for flight availability across 6 different program rather than be stuck in just one program.  This gives you immense flexibility which is why I value MRs at a higher rate than almost any airline program out there.

How Long Does It Take?

Let’s say you find availability for a reward flight you want to take.  That’s great but it does you no good if you can’t convert your MR points to the program in which you found availability.  According to the Aeroplan website, transfer times depend on the program.  I will list them below from fastest to slowest:

  • Air Canada Aeroplan – up to 30 minutes
  • Delta Skymiles – up to 30 minutes
  • Etihad Guest – up to 3 business days
  • British Airways Avios – up to 5 business days
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles – up to 5 business days
  • Alitalia MilleMiglia – up to 5 business days

As you can see, transfer times vary quite dramatically depending on the program.

In today’s topic, we are focusing in on transferring MRs to Aeroplan.

How Long Does It ACTUALLY Take?

Well, I’ve taken the liberty of transferring some points and capturing it on a screencast for you to see how long it takes in practice.


Jayce is the founder of PointsNerd, and avid traveller and a teacher by nature. He prides himself on flattening the learning curve through step-by-step guides because everyone needs to start somewhere.


  1. When transferring points from Amex MR to SPG, I noticed the following terms on the Amex website:

    “Minimum transfer of 3,000 points; additional transfers must be made in increments of 100. Member must have one qualified stay at a participating Starwood property in the preceding 12 months in order to use the transferred Starpoints®.”

    Do you know if they enforce the qualified stay requirement?

    • Hi Brian. I have definitely transferred over points without a qualified stay before as have others so I would imagine that term is not enforced. Unless this is a brand new requirement that nobody has seen before, the transfer should go through. Cheers


  2. I want to move all my amx points to air Canada I am changing to a different AMX card due to my age the card I have no longer has health travel benifits

    • Brian. Make sure you link the two cards first so that you can merge your MR points. Otherwise you’ll have two separate MR points accounts


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