My advice has long been that Aeromexico’s juice just isn’t worth the squeeze. And that if you want to travel on a SkyTeam airline you’re better off focusing on Air France KLM Flying Blue instead.
So on January 20th when I flagged a 20% bonus transferring points from American Express to Aeromexico, I simply included it in a list of links for the day and waved folks along.
Some bloggers will claim that Aeromexico offers great round the world awards offering 15 stopovers for just 224,000 kilometers in economy or 352,000 kilometers in business class (see, for instance, The Points Guy).
However I do not know anyone that has ever successfully booked one. Aeromexico’s customer service is too frustrating, even for a native Spanish speaker, and the airline’s agents regularly report award space is unavailable even when it’s being offered by the partner airline.
Credit: Reader Photo
Credit: Reader Photo
The truth is that even Aeromexico has sweet spots especially when you can just book award travel on their own flights. Reader Bill C. emails to let me know he used the Amex transfer bonus with great success,
Just redeemed 100K AmEx points at the weird transfer rate of 1.92 Aeromexico Club Premier Points per MR point. 100K Amex = 192K Club Premier.
2 R/T business class tix (787-9) from MTY – MAD were 95K each.
So 100K AmEx = two round trips from Mexico to Europe.
Aeromexico’s Boeing 787-9 business class product is actually quite good. And this is a great deal for someone looking to travel between Mexico and Europe! I should have pointed out the math here, what’s possible, rather than just noting that most people won’t find so much value in he offer.
American Express normally transfers at 1:1.6 (Aeromexico’s currency is kilometers rather than miles, and this adjusts for their often inflated award pricing – but not all prices are inflated!). So add a 20% bonus and that’s 1:1.92, which – in this case – was really darned great. Taxes were $117 per person.
Aeromexico normally charges 190,000 kilometers roundtrip between Mexico and Europe in business class during their off season period, but is running half off these awards for Monterrey and Guadalajara – Madrid for bookings made by February 13 and travel through April 9, 2022.. (US-Europe via Mexico starts at 220,000 roundtrip.)