Fly for less: 6 ways you can maximize the current Amex transfer bonus to Avios

British Airways recently lowered the cost of Qatar Airways awards booked with Avios. Coupled with the 40% Amex transfer bonus, you can leverage this to get an excellent deal on flights from the U.S. to the Middle East in Qatar Airways’ famous Qsuite, one of the world’s best business-class seats.

All Qatar Airways flights from the U.S. — everywhere from New York to Los Angeles — to Doha, Qatar, price at just 70,000 Avios one-way in business class with roughly $100 in taxes and fees. During the transfer bonus, you can transfer just 50,000 Amex points to British Airways to book this award, making it one of the best ways to book this business-class product with points and miles.

One of the best ways to use Avios in the U.S. is to book flights with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. BA’s distance-based award chart makes short- and mid-haul domestic flights relatively cheap, often beating out the AAdvantage award chart.

Flights within North America start as low as 7,500 Avios — 6,000 Amex points with the transfer bonus — for economy flights under 650 miles. Then, flights between 651 and 1,151 miles cost just 7,000 Amex points with the bonus.

Of course, this deal applies to expensive short-haul flights from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico. For example, a nonstop American flight from Charlotte to Toronto costs roughly $250 on many dates this September.