American Express Membership Rewards are some of the most flexible points available due to the amount of hotels and airlines they are partnered with. Sadly, Virgin Elevate are not partners with American Express so you cannot directly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into Virgin Elevate points. American Express however are partners with Starwood (SPG), who are in turn partners with Virgin Elevate. By passing though Starwood (SPG) you can transfer points from American Express to Virgin Elevate. This magic link makes it possible to earn Elevate points and then use transfer partners, such as Starwood, to move points through different loyalty schemes.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)
1 SPG Starpoint = 1 Virgin Elevate point
SPG also have an amazing bonus for transfers into Virgin Elevate. For every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction you earn a further 5,000 bonus Starpoints, which will be automatically added to your transfer. Bulk transfers of 20,000 Starpoints transfer into Elevate points at a ratio of 1:25.
20,000 SPG Starpoints = 25,000 Virgin Elevate point
Transfers from SPG to Virgin Elevate impose the following minimum transfer amounts:
- SPG Platinum members – No minimum Starpoint transfer requirement
- SPG Gold members – minimum of 1500 Starpoints to be transferred
- SPG Preferred members – minimum of 2500 Starpoints to be transferred
If you are new to Starwood, and their hotel loyalty program register for an account.
This transfer method works will to maximise benefits from credit cards signup bonuses, as you can quickly earn and transfer the points into Virgin Elevate.