Unprecedented 150% Bonus: Turn Your Bilt Points into Emirates Award Travel

Bilt will offer up to a 150% transfer bonus to Emirates Skywards on December 1 for ‘Rent Day’.

Here’s how it works:

  • Blue members receive a 75% bonus
  • Silver members receive a 100% transfer bonus
  • Gold members receive a 125% transfer bonus
  • Platinum members receive a 150% transfer bonus

Emirates A380 First Class Suite

Emirates A380 First Class Shower

Before Bilt Rewards there was never a 100% bonus to a 1:1 points transfer (outside of a one-time mistake). Bilt did it with IHG and Hawaiian and Air France KLM. And they did up to a 150% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic based on status. I moved 200,000 Bilt points to 500,000 Virgin Atlantic.

Each Rent Day those with the Bilt Rewards Mastercard earn double points on their spending:

  • 6x on dining
  • 4x on travel
  • 2x on other spend excluding rent

Earning is up to 10,000 bonus points, as long as cardmembers make at least 5 purchases each statement period to earn points.

They give away free rent, now in the form of a Family Feud-style show. And members also can answer trivia questions in the Bilt app to earn up to 250 points on the first of the month.

  • Earn up to 150 points answering 5 questions
  • Answer all 5 correctly for another 100 points

Another special offer this month is special offers through their Bilt Dining program which offers extra points at actually good restaurants (they’ve just added my home town of Austin to the program, and nearly all the restaurants are places I eat at, and that are part of my rotation already).

Reservations for tasting menus, wine pairings, and mixology showcases on November 1 will open to Bilt members on October 27th at Noon Eastern: 12,500 Bilt Points or $150 dollars per person (personally I’d spend the cash since I value a Bilt point at more than 1.2 cents apiece).

New York

  • Shinji’s Bar: An intimate bartender-led cocktail tasting at the acclaimed Shinji’s Bar,
    featuring updated mixology classics and Japanese bites with lively music.
  • The Bazaar: A culinary adventure in the new Ritz Carlton in NoMad, where Japanese
    cooking techniques meet Spanish flavors and craft cocktails.
  • Misi: A unique Italian culinary experience in Misi’s private dining room, tasting expertly
    crafted pasta dishes curated by renowned chef Missy Robbins.
  • Mēdüzā Mediterrania: The new Meatpacking District hotspot where the chef’s favorites
    are paired with artisanal cocktails, offering a diverse menu inspired by coastal regions
    with a global twist.


  • Carbone: A chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings in the restaurant’s private dining room,
    where classic Italian-American dishes are elevated into a memorable, over-the-top
  • MILA: An immersive fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines and bespoke
    cocktails in the vibrant private dining room.


  • Carbone: A private chef-led tasting and wine pairing where traditional Italian-American
    cuisine is transformed into a remarkable culinary journey.
  • Alice: A pan-asian tasting and cocktail experience highlighting exceptional sushi, sashimi,
    and a thoughtfully curated beverage menu in an intimate private dining room.


  • Contessa: A private chef’s tasting with wine pairings on the rooftop, boasting Northern
    Italian elegance and panoramic views.
  • 1928 Beacon Hill: A private chef’s tasting and wine pairing offering charming New England
    cuisine rooted in the region’s culinary traditions.

Mostly I love new offers every month. I’m not transferring my own points to Emirates as a Platinum member with 150% bonus because I don’t have immediate plans for Emirates transfer (I happen to have an imminent UAE trip booked already, though of course they offer flights from New York to Milan and Athens). The option value on my Bilt points is so high that this one isn’t drawing me in but it will work for a bunch of you. On the other hand, the introduction of the Emirates 777 with new first class on their Washington Dulles – Dubai route is so tempting in the extreme.

About Gary Leff

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  1. “12,500 Bilt Points or $150 dollars per person”

    Please explain. What for? Who is paying whom?

  2. I assume it is the cost of the meal. Last month, they had points redemptions for NFL tickets — 2,500 points for a regular seat, 10,000 points for a spot in a suite. Sounds like they are doing exclusive dining experiences for points.

  3. Do we have any insight to how they’re making any money with such a generously awarding no-fee card? I’m sure they talk about how they’re “building a brand” with a portfolio of “high-end customers” engaging with “businesses that deliver a premium product” to justify their expenses, but at some point the music has to stop, right? If it’s too good to be true…

  4. I never point out typos but this one is pretty important. Rent Day on November 1, not December 1. Might want to correct that, and thanks for writing the blog!.

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