Two Business Class Roundtrips To Europe For 100,000 Amex Points (A Reader Schools Me)

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.)

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  1. Hmm quite interesting. But being based in the NY area looks like I’d have to backtrack on a positioning flight to Mexico for some hours to take advantage of this!

  2. I would personally recommend everyone to start juicing vegetables before traveling to different states in the United States. Or traveling to different countries. When you choose vegetables and drink the juice out of a food juicing machine and boost your immune system naturally, you don’t have to worry about taking a vaccine to fight off the coronavirus.

  3. A nice idea, but separate from the challenge of dealing with AeroMexico’s abysmal customer service, despite court approval of a reorganization plan to come out of their bankruptcy in late January, AM is still not booking any tickets from the US to Europe. From what I hear, it’s anybody’s guess when they will start again. .

  4. For people who live in US cities that are close to the Mexican border, these people can cross the border, and then take an AeroMexico flight at the Mexican award price. Not too hard.

  5. You can make it to Monterrey in 6 hours easily from Austin, and it’s freeway all the way on both sides of the border. MTY-MAD-MTY would require no Covid testing for air travel or the land border. That’s not a bad move at all for Texas residents.

  6. please next time add From Mexico to the title, so people will not waste the time.
    there are pretty good deals round trips to Europe form Moscow as well.

  7. well, the only reason this is news is the points sale from 2 airports in MX, without knowing the frequencies of these, pretty hard to plan…

    But if I were able to do these trips, I’d be juiced, too!

  8. Great info! Booked two RT tickets MTY-MAD in business for spring break for just 99,000 Amex points and $240. Transfer was instant. Looks like getting to MTY from IAH and back will set us back another $300 so great deal altogether.

  9. Ive been flying AM on revenue business tickets for sometime now because of the benefits of the extra MQD’s and cheap business seats. Luckily I’m in Florida so the jump over the gulf is worth it even on my trans Atlantic business trips. I’ve flow their dream liner to both chile and Amsterdam and the cabin is fantastic. That said!!!!! I got stuck in Mexico City for 24 hours once because they sold me a route that was in flyable. Delta had to come to the rescue and fly be back. Just make sure you do your homework. They also have a tendency to have insane layovers in MEX and the clubs hours don’t align

  10. Would be a lot fewer page hits if the title included “From Mexico to Europe for the next month…”

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