In Australia, American Express does not have a “one-size-fits-all” rewards program. There are several different types of Amex Membership Rewards schemes, which have slightly different rules and airline transfer partners.

The program with which you’re earning Amex points will depend on your credit card. In case you’re unsure, we’ve put together this handy guide to Amex Membership Rewards in Australia. (Note that this information only applies to Australian Amex cardholders.)

What are the different Amex Membership Rewards programs?

Amex operates four different Membership Rewards programs in Australia…

The following Australian Amex cards earn Ascent Premium points:

  • Amex Centurion Charge
  • Amex Platinum Charge

The following Australian Amex cards earn Ascent points:

  • Amex Platinum Edge
  • Amex Platinum Reserve

The following Australian Amex cards earn Gateway points:

  • Amex Explorer
  • Amex Essential

The following Australian Amex cards earn David Jones Amex Rewards points:

  • David Jones Amex Platinum
  • David Jones Amex
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There are multiple different American Express Membership Rewards programs in Australia

Amex Membership Rewards transfer partners

The rate at which Amex Membership Rewards points are transferred to airline and hotel transfer partners is now the same, regardless of what type of Amex account you have. However, there are some variations in available transfer partners…

  • Only “Ascent Premium” points can be transferred to Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • It is not possible to transfer “Gateway” points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

 

Here are the Amex Membership Rewards transfer rates as of September 2020:

Transfer partners 1 Rewards Point equals… Minimum transfer amount
Qantas Frequent Flyer (Ascent Premium only) 0.5 points 2,000 points
Air New Zealand Airpoints 200 points = 1 Airpoints $ 2,000 points
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 0.5 miles 5,000 points
Etihad Guest 0.5 miles 1,000 points
Malaysia Airlines Enrich 0.5 miles 1,000 points
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 0.5 miles 5,000 points
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus 0.5 miles 5,000 points
Emirates Skywards 0.5 miles 2,000 points
Virgin Australia Velocity 0.5 points 2,000 points
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club (excludes Gateway) 0.5 miles 2,000 points
Hilton HHonors 0.5 points 2,000 points
Marriott Bonvoy 0.67 Starpoints 1,000 points
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