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Points Tips Best options to redeem Membership Rewards on Star Alliance's Flights

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As we talked before, American Express Membership Reward points can be transferred to any of the 14 airlines. If you like to fly with Star Alliance, you could transfer your Membership Rewards points to Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, and All Nippon Airways. All of these airlines’ frequent flyer programs have some great options to maximize their miles redemptions.


Star Alliance Partner With Membership Rewards:

  • Air Canada 
  • Singapore Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways

Air Canada:


1. 25000 Miles roundtrip on Economy class between North America (Contiguous U.S and Canada)


Not like American Airline or United Airline, Air Canada combine contiguous U.S and Canada into a same region which allows people to redeem 25000 miles for a roundtrip economy flight between U.S and Canada. In addition to this, Air Canada also allows you to have a stopover on a that roundtrip ticket. In this case, you can book a trip like: San Francisco -> Vancouver (Stay for a week) -> Toronto; Toronto -> San Francisco. It is very useful for people who would love to visit two city in a round trip flight. 



Singapore Airline:


Singapore Airlines are famous for their high quality service and outstanding products like seats, food and etc. In addition to the flight experience, their KrisFlyer miles also have some great redeem options:

  • West Coast to Hong Kong: Econ/Biz/First => 22500/63750/70125
  • East Coast to Europe: Econ/Biz/First => 17000/48875/57375
  • One-way business class between the contiguous U.S: 20000
  • One-way/roundtrip to Hawaii: 17500/30000



All Nippon Airways:


For people who travels a lot between contiguous U.S and mainland China, All Nippon Airways could be the best option to choose. Please notice that All Nippon Airways do not allow people to redeem one-way ticket, so that all the numbers shown below are the miles you need for the round trip.

  • All Nippon Airways flight between U.S and China: Econ/Biz/First => 45000/80000/165000
  • Star Alliances Partner Airlines flight between U.S and China: Econ/Biz/First => 60000/95000/180000


Comparing to the major 3 airlines in the U.S, all of them charge at least 70000 for a round trip economy tickets between U.S and China , but you only need 45000 miles on ANA’s flights or 60000 miles on other Star Alliances partner airlines’ flight.


The most valuable redemption choice is redeeming the business class. Comparing to the regular 70000 miles on roundtrip economy flights, you just simply add another 10000 miles to upgrade to a business class which operated by All Nippon Airways, one of the best airlines in service, food and their aircraft products. 



In conclusion, if you understand the value and the best way to use miles, it could help you save a lot of money or enjoy the high-level service during a long-hual flight. Points like American Express's Membership Rewards offer you a flexibilty to use your points and enhance the travel experience.


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