American Express' has a limited time 50k bonus on their Business Rewards Gold card. If you've been waiting to signup now is a great time to do it. The bonus alone is worth getting it, but the additional benefits make it an outstanding card especially if your business has high spend. Once you want to actually redeem the points it's traditionally acknowledged that the best redemption is through transfers to airlines. We believe this as well, but wanted to show you a few times where transferring to hotels may make sense too!
Benefits other than Points
The 50,000 points bonus is the main incentive to sign up but there are main cardholder that are essentially free with the first year annual fee of $0. Here's some of the bigger ones:
- 3X Bonus from Specific Category up to 300,000 points (worth about $6000)
- Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
Just 58K points can get you 2 nights at the Intercontinental Tahiti (IC Tahiti)
Bonus Points Transferring to IHG
Unfortunately IHG is not a direct partner with American Express but it is possible to transfer to them. Virgin Atlantic (VA) transfers 1 to 1 to IHG and American Express normally transfers 1 to 1 to VA. This normally does not sounds great because most high end IHG properties are upwards of 70,000 points a night. However there are 2 additional active bonuses that can make it more attractive.
1. Occasionally throughout the year American Express does transfer promos to Virgin Atlantic where you receive a 30% bonus.
2. After transferring 75,000 points to IHG you receive IHG Spire Elite status. Upon receiving this you are entitled to a gift of 25,000 bonus points.
When combined this enables you to turn just 58,000 Amex Rewards points into 100,000 IHG points. 100K IHG points is worth up $1,000 and could give you 2 free nights at the Intercontinental Tahiti, Intercontinental Moorea, or the Intercontinental Osaka. It could also get you up to 20 free nights at the lowest tier of IHG Points Breaks
The Montage Laguna Beach can be booked with points via Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Using Points on the Preferred Hotels and Resort's Collection
One little known partnership is between Choice Hotels and the Preferred Hotels and Resorts brand. Preferred Hotels is a collection of 650 independent luxury hotels around the world. These are often times world famous hotels that have rates exceeding $1000 per night. Luckily with this partnership it's possible to use Choice points to book these hotels and Amex transfers to Choice direct at a 1 to 1 ratio. The cost of booking Preferred Hotels ranges from 25,000 to 55,000 points a night. The full list will show the range of possibilities including some hotels like the Montage Laguna Beach, The Fullerton Bay Singapore, Cavallo Point Resort, and the SLS South Beach.
Transfer to Marriott to book 7 Nights and Flights Travel Packages
Marriott 7 Nights + Flights Travel Package
American Express transfers to Marriott at 1 to 1 point ratio. Normally this isn't a great redemption, however Marriott has 7 Night + Flights Travel Package that allows you to book a 7 night stay and receive a point miles transfer to an airline of your choice. The cheapest package is only 255,000 points for a Category 1-4 hotel and 50,000 airline miles. There are up to 430 different package combinations available that can be seen in more detail here.