It’s been a tough year for us points ballers. Another devaluation is around the corner. This one is particularly annoying because it involves speculatively taking points from my MR account and putting them into my Avios account, a program that has had some ‘enhancements’ that weren’t great. As a rule, moving points without a specific booking in mind from a general account to a specific hotel/airline account is rarely a good idea because of such devaluations.
However, due to an unexpectedly large MR balance thanks to recent applications I feel I have no choice but to take advantage of Amex’s present 1:1 transfer ratio which expires on October 1st. The alternative is waiting around for Chase’s 100k British offer to resurface (though I haven’t seen it for years) or transfer some URs which I am against because they have become extremely valuable following the Hyatt Diamond Challenge.
Avios are great for short-haul flights like the one I took from Yangon to Hong Kong so having a healthy balance would come in handy. Currently, I only have 26k Avios which is why I’m tempted to move 74k to get to the mythical 100k figure. At the same time, 74k is only 20k away from Singapore suite-class.
Who’s doing what? Let me know.