Help Me Decide Please: Transfer Amex Points to CX or SQ?

By ChazBNE | Apr 08, 2019, 07:57 PM

I have 156,000 American Express Membership Rewards points available to transfer to CX, SQ, and/or VA (but not QF).


I have 64,000 points in my SQ account.


I have 7,000 points in my CX account.


A one way Business Class ticket from Brisbane to Rome costs 116,000 points on SQ (and a minimal cost in fees, surcharges, etc.).


A one way Business Class ticket from Brisbane to Milan costs 85,000 points on CX (plus approximately AU$350 in fees, surcharges, etc.). With my Platinum status with QF, I have access to the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge at HKG.


Given the above, which account do you recommend I transfer my American Express points to this week, before they are devalued?


Thanks a lot everyone!

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By sid | Apr 09, 2019, 07:28 AM
It'll be 117k points when you transfer assuming you are on the Gateway points program. Milan is much nicer than Rome so my vote is with CX.
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By jubbing | Apr 09, 2019, 08:21 AM
It'll be 117k points when you transfer assuming you are on the Gateway points program. Milan is much nicer than Rome so my vote is with CX.

In what universe is Milan a better destination than Rome?

My vote is worth Singapore either way, I've found award availability much better with them even though flights can cost more now on points.
Last edited by jubbing at Apr 09, 2019, 08.22 AM.
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By Michael Kao | Apr 09, 2019, 11:23 AM
It's a YMMV (your miles may vary) situation and there isn't a right answer. Too many factors. It depends on your current balance with other FFP, your travel pattern, destination, flexibility.....etc.

Being a QF platinum I assume you would have loads of QF points? In that case you probably don't need more currencies in OW so put some in KF for star alliance redemptions in case there is no flights in OW.

Personally I travel to Japan a lot and the award chart for KF is just way too expensive compare to AM, so in that case I would put some in AM.

But ultimately you know what's best for you.
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