baswitzer said:Is there a credit card program which will allow points to be deposited into AA in Australia?
Dave Noble said:American Express rewards can be siphoned across to AAdvantage via Starwood Preferred Guest . If earning 1.5 points per $ , the ending result is only 20% worse than offered in the US for cards that are directly linked to AA
baswitzer said:Thanks Dave Noble.
So its simply a case of transferring the AMEX points over to SPG and then (once the minimum transfer threshold is reached) putting them into AA? Seems easy enough. It certainly seems a more valuable program that QFF.
alect said:So here's a twist to the question. I currently have an Amex SPG which in effect earns 1.25 AA miles per US$ spent. That means 1 AA miles per AAUD$ spent (on approx current exchange rate of 0.8US$=1A$). We are moving to Australia within a year. I am going to keep my Amex SPG for US shopping as a US credit card. Should I seriously consider using it in Australia, as even with the 2% foreign txn fee and exchange rate fluctuations I am getting a better AA miles (and SPG points) return for my $ spent? let's assume the reward miles are the main considerations and I don't mind the hassle of forex and paying a US credit card from Aus.
Dave Noble said:It's a question only you can really answer.
Over a $1000 , you would get 1000 miles vs 619 using AU AMEX ( based on getting 1.5 pts per AUD and transferring in 20k amounts) , so you would get an extra 381 miles, though you will pay $20 in currency fees. Is 381 miles worth $20 to you?
NM said:Diners Club Australia cards can transfer directly to AA at a rate of 2DC Points for 1 AA mile. Minimum transfer is 2000 DC points. Redemption code is 1208.
Its not as bad as it used to be. Our corp card has been Diners for several years now, and for business-related spend such as travel it is generally well accepted. No utilities etc, but similar problem there with Amex.Dave Noble said:And all you have to do is find somewhere that will accept DCs
alect said:I am going to keep my Amex SPG for US shopping as a US credit card. Should I seriously consider using it in Australia....
It really irks me that the banks and CC providers keep increasing the foreign exchange fees/commissions etc. I would have expected that their costs for such exchanges are actually dropping with the improvement in systems and technology. It seems to me that this is an easy grab for more revenue as more and more people are using their credit cards for overseas purchases.Soundguy said:BTW AMEX Australia have just upped their fee for foreign transactions to 2.5% (on the already not too generous exchange rate they use). It's starting to get a little pricey when O/S if you spend a bit. I just wish there was an easy way to get a US based CC for use on trips & purchases there, plus the benefit of the efficient AA points transfer advantage.
I have found their base rate to be very close to the rate quoted by xe.com for the date the transaction was processed. So I have no complaint with the base rate used. But the increase to 2.5% for their foreign exchange fee is what I find unjustified at a time when their costs should be decreasing not increasing. I think it is just a cash grab as more people are using their cards for overseas transactions.Evan said:I think its a rort, 2.5% is a lot of money ! and the rates to start with are never as good as they should be.
NM said:I have found their base rate to be very close to the rate quoted by xe.com for the date the transaction was processed. So I have no complaint with the base rate used. But the increase to 2.5% for their foreign exchange fee is what I find unjustified at a time when their costs should be decreasing not increasing. I think it is just a cash grab as more people are using their cards for overseas transactions.
Evan said:I think its a rort, 2.5% is a lot of money ! and the rates to start with are never as good as they should be.
And they still make there couple of % from the retailer/hotel/airline etc
Atleast AMEX is more accepted now, but i still have had issues with VISA & AMEX in Japan for example where one JR station seems to be able to process one but not the other and the next JR station turn out is the reverse. I think its actually staff not keying something correctly but can't really tell.
I regularly look into this.Unfortunately US banks are paranoid about us foreigners and it is nearly impossible to get a US based credit card.Even though a long term customer with citibank there is no way.You need a credit history in the US.Soundguy said:Has anyone here looked into the viability of having a US based account or CC for transactions there? If not now, surely this will become possible in the future you would think.... I remember looking into it some years ago and the charges and complexity nullified any benefits at that time.