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Moved to Tokyo, how should I convert my Canadian AMEX MR pts?

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Old May 15, 19, 1:16 am
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Moved to Tokyo, how should I convert my Canadian AMEX MR pts?

I recently moved to Tokyo and I have a bunch of AMEX MR points with my Canadian AMEX cards.

When I was based in Toronto, I was converting to BA Avios and Aeroplan since this provided great availability/rates.

But now, I will be flying out of Tokyo and I want to know which program I should convert my points to. These are my options:

- Aeroplan (1000 to 1000)
- Alitalia MilleMiglia (1000 to 750)
- Asia Miles (1000 to 750)
- BA Avios (1000 to 1000)
- Delta Skymiles (1000 to 750)
- Etihad Guest (1000 to 750)

I was searching routes with Asia Miles, but it looks like they require a lot of points even for travel from Tokyo to Shanghai or Tokyo to Seoul. Any insight as to what program makes the most sense for me?
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I suppose an important question is where you plan to fly to, since storing miles is generally not a good idea.
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Old May 15, 19, 3:45 am
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Is there a reason you need to convert the points now? Can't you keep your Canadian AmEx card?
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Old May 15, 19, 7:25 am
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
I suppose an important question is where you plan to fly to, since storing miles is generally not a good idea.
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I plan to do a lot of trips from Tokyo to Seoul, Tokyo to Hong Kong, Tokyo to Shanghai. And occasionally, Tokyo to Vancouver.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Is there a reason you need to convert the points now? Can't you keep your Canadian AmEx card?
I can keep the card, but I want to make use of the points for my travels.
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BA can still be a great redemption as it is distance based and the fees for intraAsia flights are generally pretty low. Flying out of Tokyo JAL will be strong and CX for HKG but anything with a connection will not be quite as great of a redemption.
Aeroplan for ANA, OZ, CA & AC will also help with your flights.

It will come down to what is available when you want to fly and at what rate. Once that is determined you hold if you can, transfer & book
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Old May 15, 19, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by Yoshi212 View Post
BA can still be a great redemption as it is distance based and the fees for intraAsia flights are generally pretty low. Flying out of Tokyo JAL will be strong and CX for HKG but anything with a connection will not be quite as great of a redemption.
Aeroplan for ANA, OZ, CA & AC will also help with your flights.

It will come down to what is available when you want to fly and at what rate. Once that is determined you hold if you can, transfer & book
Thanks, it sounds like I can keep my old strategy of holding AMEX MR and transferring to AP/Avios when needed.
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Originally Posted by ibopm View Post
Thanks, it sounds like I can keep my old strategy of holding AMEX MR and transferring to AP/Avios when needed.
Would be the best strategy.

How long will you be living in Tokyo/Asia?
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Originally Posted by ibopm View Post
Thanks, it sounds like I can keep my old strategy of holding AMEX MR and transferring to AP/Avios when needed.
Yes, one of the main benefits of MR points is flexibility. As soon as you transfer them into any given FFP, that flexibility is lost.
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Old May 15, 19, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Would be the best strategy.

How long will you be living in Tokyo/Asia?
Likely more than a year, but not sure yet.
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I can keep the card, but I want to make use of the points for my travels.
If you're keeping the card, don't transfer points until you see how you want to use them.
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