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Brex is one of the newest financial technology startups, focusing on founders, business cards, and cash-management accounts.
While it remains to be seen whether its portfolio of credit cards will eventually rival those of the major banks, its cards are tempting, thanks to a lucrative rewards structure.
Importantly, Brex established transfer relationships with a number of airlines, making us even more excited at the prospect of using these points for luxury travel experiences.
In this guide, we’ll explore the ins and outs of the program and all of the best ways to redeem Brex points for maximum value.
Earning Brex Rewards points is easy: All you need to do is make purchases on an eligible Brex Rewards card.
|Brex Corporate Card for Startups|
On top of earning Brex points quickly, Brex cards offer huge statement credits and other perks for commonly used SaaS products and services, potentially saving you thousands of dollars every year.
In general, you’ll also get access to much higher credit limits than traditional small business cards.
You can book travel with Brex, but transferring Brex rewards points to travel partners could offer a higher value for your rewards.
We value Brex Rewards points at 1 cent per point, but you can maximize the value of your points by transferring them to one of Brex’s 8 airline transfer partners across all 3 major alliances: Star Alliance, Oneworld, and SkyTeam.
In addition, you can access Emirates as a non-alliance partner!
|Brex Airline Transfer Partner||Minimum Points Transfer||Transfer Ratio|
(Brex > Partner)
|AeroMexico||1,670||1,670:1,000||Up to 1 business day|
|Avianca LifeMiles||1,670||1,670:1,000||Up to 1 business day|
|Cathay Pacific||1,670||1,670:1,000||Up to 1 business day|
|Emirates||1,670||1,670:1,000||Up to 1 business day|
|Flying Blue Air France-KLM||1,670||1,670:1,000||Up to 1 business day|
|Qantas||1,670||1,670:1,000||Up to 1 business day|
|Singapore Airlines||1,670||1,670:1,000||Up to 1 business day|
Hot Tip: Brex points used to transfer to all 8 partners at a 1:1 ratio, but unfortunately, this changed in March 2023, and now you’ll need to transfer 1,670 Brex points to get 1,000 airline miles.
In the rest of this guide, we’ll show you the best ways to leverage Brex’s transfer partners to receive maximum value for your points whether you’re flying first, business, or economy.
As you’ll see, some transfer partners are better than others, but you’ll most likely be able to get superb value for your points. Let’s take a look at how:
One of the most exceptional experiences you can ever have 35,000 feet above the ground is Emirates first class.
Between the glamour of the polished wood with gold finishes, the lavish food and beverage offerings, the over-the-top functionality of the personal tablets, and the incredible service from the flight crew, there’s no good reason why you wouldn’t want to fly Emirates.
Unfortunately, Emirates first class doesn’t come cheap — rates are sky-high for flights to Dubai, and fuel surcharges are off the charts. But, thanks to some interesting fifth-freedom flights, you can savor a long-haul flight in Emirates first class to Europe … and you can use your Brex points to book it.
Here are some awesome European routes you can book in Emirates first class using Emirates Skywards miles:
Emirates was made famous for its first class product on the Airbus A380, which includes access to an onboard shower experience and inflight bar. Trust us, showering inflight is a fantastic way to take this luxury experience to new heights.
And while most of Emirates’ routes worldwide are operated by the Boeing 777, there are several nonstop routes served by the A380 to and from the U.S.
Here are some Emirates routes you can book in first class with at least 1 segment in the A380:
One of the biggest annoyances with the Emirates Skywards program is that each ticket in business class to Dubai, Africa, and other destinations comes with at least $800 in fuel surcharges and up to $1,300 in some cases.
One of the only ways to avoid these massive costs on Emirates flights is to book a paid economy ticket and then redeem Emirates miles for an upgrade to business class.
Keep in mind that we’d consider this to be an advanced strategy due to the fact that you can only upgrade to business class flights that have Business Saver availability.
For example, if you try to book a paid economy ticket on a flight that only has Business Flex or Business Flex Plus availability, you will not be able to confirm your upgrade.
Here are some great example upgrades you can perform:
When you consider the fact that Emirates regularly sells round-trip economy tickets for less than $1,000, this is a great way to avoid the over $2,000 in fuel surcharges when booking round-trip business class award tickets outright.
Lufthansa first class is an extraordinary experience. While not as blingy as Emirates first class, there aren’t many other first class options you can book to Europe on points.
Air France and SWISS don’t allow award redemptions unless you have elite status and redeem a ridiculous number of points, which makes Lufthansa a much-appreciated option.
Lufthansa’s first class experience includes spacious open-air suites, Rimowa and La Prairie amenities, caviar service, top-shelf Champagne and wine, an array of solid dining options, exceptional service, and most importantly, exclusivity.
In fact, first class is only available on the airline’s Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A340-600 aircraft, both of which have become rare sights in the commercial aviation world.
The catch is that Lufthansa almost never releases availability in advance for first class seats — you’ll only be able to book these award tickets up to 15 days before departure.
In fact, most of the time, you’ll only see availability up to 7 days before departure. If you’re a last-minute flyer, this shouldn’t bother you much. But if you’re an advanced planner, it might be more difficult to accept.
Nevertheless, here are some phenomenal Lufthansa first class flights you can book using Brex points transferred to Avianca LifeMiles:
Additionally, here’s a 1-stop itinerary on which you can fly first class for the entire journey:
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has one of the best reputations in the world of commercial aviation. Japan’s largest airline shares the crucial job of connecting Japan to the rest of the world with Japan Airlines (JAL), another very highly regarded airline.
However, the Star Alliance airline took the world by storm when it revamped its flagship premium cabin product. Today, ANA’s newest aircraft is famous for gigantic UHD TVs in first class, the largest business class seats in the world, and a wonderful soft product.
ANA’s first class product is consistently one of the most expensive plane tickets around, which should give you an idea of how amazing it is. Even if you don’t have the privilege of flying its newest aircraft, ANA’s “old” first class product is incredible, too.
Here are some ANA first class routes you could book with Avianca LifeMiles:
Star Alliance has a handful of European airlines, making it easy to fly to Europe with any member airline’s frequent flyer program.
For example, SWISS Air business class features forward-facing seats with elegant wood trim and checkered stitching. This is likely one of the best ways you can fly to Europe in business class.
SWISS business class also comes with the ability to select throne seats, terrific service, comfortable bedding, and a good catering program.
The airline levies significant fuel surcharges, but you can avoid these fees entirely by redeeming LifeMiles!
It doesn’t end there — with LifeMiles, you can book business class flights on an array of other airlines while avoiding fuel surcharges, including Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT Polish, SAS, TAP Air Portugal, and United.
Here are some incredible business class flights to Europe you can book using LifeMiles without any fuel surcharges:
As one of the best business class airlines in the world, it’s no secret that EVA Air is one of the go-to gems when planning trips to Asia.
EVA is generous with award availability, and the product itself showcases reverse herringbone seats, Rimowa amenity kits, top-notch bedding, pajamas, slippers, and catering by Din Tai Fung. There has even been Krug Champagne in the past!
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better business class product than this en route to Asia. And the fact that you can redeem Brex points for this experience is almost too good to be true. Almost.
Here are some of the best U.S.-Taipei nonstop flights in EVA Air business class bookable with LifeMiles:
Singapore Airlines is synonymous with sheer excellence in the world of aviation.
It was the first airline to offer double beds in first class — and it remains one of the few to do so to this day.
Each Singapore Suite (only offered on the carrier’s Airbus A380s) is enclosed with sliding doors, finished with diamond stitching akin to the interior of a luxury car, and is incredibly spacious.
Amenities include Singapore’s signature Book the Cook service with caviar and Lobster Thermidor, the choice of Taittinger or Krug Champagne, amenities by Lalique, and so much more.
Singapore Suites is simply an otherworldly experience, and you can experience it on a few routes around the world (though none to or from the U.S.):
If you can’t get your hands on a first class ticket aboard a Singapore Airlines A380, don’t fret — Singapore Airlines has an exclusive Boeing 777-300ER first class product that is, in some ways, better than the A380 Suites product.
Singapore Airlines’ 777-300ER first class has just 1 row of utterly massive seats in a 1-2-1 layout and comes with the same soft product as its A380 Suites product.
The seat is incredible, but you simply can’t argue with the soft product, including the high-end amenities, Book the Cook product, and perfect service.
Fly Singapore Suites or Singapore first class to Asia by redeeming KrisFlyer miles:
Singapore Airlines doesn’t have the world’s best business class, but it’s perfectly acceptable. Most people love how large the seats are, but many aren’t fans of their firmness.
Another drawback is that the footwells at each seat are tight, so do your best to reserve the bulkhead seats that have much larger footwells.
Otherwise, the inflight entertainment is exceptional and the catering is top-notch. But, you probably won’t be blown away by the absence of amenities, including the lack of an amenity kit.
The best part, though, is that business class availability is generally easy to book using KrisFlyer miles.
Here are some nonstop business class routes you can book using KrisFlyer miles:
Known as Signature Class, these premium aircraft are equipped with reverse herringbone seats identical to what you’d experience on a true long-haul flight.
If you fly from the U.S. to Canada on one of these flights, you’ll enjoy lie-flat seats, direct aisle access, good bedding, a refined, multi-course dining presentation, good service, and plenty of privacy.
The catch? Award availability is pretty hard to find, and these products are only offered on a few premium transcontinental routes.
Here are some redemption ideas for Air Canada business class flights (KrisFlyer has the best redemption rates):
Flights to Hawaii can get really expensive really quickly — using points could potentially save you thousands of dollars, even on economy flights. To accomplish this, we recommend transferring your Brex points to Singapore KrisFlyer.
That’s because you can redeem just 12,500 miles one-way or 25,000 miles round-trip for a flight between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii!
If you can’t find availability on the Singapore Airlines website, give them a call after finding Saver-level award space on United’s website.
Here are some great routes you can book in United economy:
EL AL is the flag carrier of Israel, with nonstop long-haul flights operating out of its hub in Tel Aviv (TLV).
In the past, EL AL was considered a necessary evil to fly nonstop to Israel. However, ever since the carrier retired its outdated aircraft with sub-par seats and replaced them with high-tech Dreamliner aircraft, many travelers have gone out of their way to fly EL AL.
There aren’t many ways to book EL AL business class using points. Luckily, though, Brex is transfer partners with the main option: Qantas Frequent Flyer.
Be warned, these aren’t terribly competitive award prices. The alternative would be to try to find availability on American Airlines, Delta, or United, which is virtually impossible. Plus, EL AL is uniquely positioned with 2 nonstop routes to Los Angeles and Miami that no other airline offers.
Here are the recommended redemptions you can make for EL AL business class:
Hot Tip: Explore your options to fly to Israel in our guide to the best ways to fly to the Middle East and North Africa with points and miles.
In the spirit of unique redemptions, here’s one you probably didn’t see coming.
Did you know that China Eastern is one of the few airlines that has double beds in the sky? That’s right — China Eastern is a member of the exclusive club that also includes Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Qatar Airways.
China Eastern operates first class-equipped Boeing 777-300ER aircraft out of Shanghai’s Pudong Airport to a few gateways in the U.S.
With ordinary SkyTeam frequent flyer programs like Flying Blue or Delta SkyMiles, it’s not possible to book international first class products. Enter Qantas Frequent Flyer!
Remember, these redemption prices aren’t exactly sweet spots, but this method is one of the only ways to book nonstop first class flights to China using points:
Qantas is probably the best way to fly to Australia. With exceptional lounges around the world, an updated lie-flat business class seat with direct aisle access, and great service, you ought to book this product if you find availability.
The challenge, though, is exactly that: finding availability. Qantas business class availability is pretty rare, particularly for U.S.-Australia flights.
One way you can tip the scales in your favor is to transfer your points to Qantas Frequent Flyer.
Sure, you’ll redeem more points, but you’ll also get access to the best award availability in the event that you don’t have that much flexibility.
Here are some great example redemptions you can make for Qantas business class seats:
Cathay Pacific has one of the most elite first class products in the world. The airline has incredible lounges, legendary service, incredible amenities, and fantastic seats.
In general, booking Cathay Pacific first class is only possible in advance for 1 passenger. You’ll almost always have to book the second passenger closer to departure (usually within a week of departure).
This redemption benefits solo travelers the most, though it’s still possible to pull off the booking for duos.
Cathay Pacific business class, though, is a different story. You’ll sometimes find award availability for 4 passengers, and the product is a solid reverse herringbone seat with comfortable bedding and solid food and beverage selections.
In general, Cathay Pacific award availability is most plentiful to members of its own frequent flyer program — Asia Miles.
Cathay Pacific has a handful of nonstop U.S. routes offering first class:
Meanwhile, here are some examples of business class flights you can book:
Flying to South America can be surprisingly complicated, despite its relative proximity.
But trips to South America can be appealing to those from the U.S., due to the minimal time changes, the immense culture, and the affordable prices compared to Europe.
If you’re flying out of a U.S. gateway like Los Angeles, New York, or Miami, you can book nonstop flights on LATAM using Brex points.
LATAM is one of the biggest airlines in Latin America, and it’s one of the only full-service carriers offering a true business class product.
This airline’s business class seat is fully lie-flat in a 2-2-2 configuration with direct aisle access at all seats except window seats.
The bedding spread is a mattress pad, a doona, and a plush pillow. You’ll enjoy a diverse selection of South American wines, a tasty meal service, and professional service.
Here are some great example redemptions for LATAM business class you can book with Asia Miles:
Qatar Airways’ Qsuites is one of the world’s top business class products.
In addition to sliding doors and enclosed suites, it has double beds, lavish amenities, incredible service, and 5-star dining.
Having the chance to savor these flights is a dream come true for most luxury fanatics. The kicker? Some of these Qsuites can be converted into a “pod” of 4 seats, which is essentially 2 pairs of Qsuites facing each other.
With Asia Miles, you can book Qatar Airways Qsuites seamlessly. But for the same exact price, you can also add on a segment to other cities in the Middle East or even deep into Africa!
That’s an incredible way to get another $4,000+ flight for free! However, with Asia Miles, you’ll be liable for Qatar Airways’ hefty fuel surcharges of around $500 per person in each direction.
Here are some great Qsuites routes you can book:
Hot Tip: See our extensive review of the Qsuites experience aboard a 777 from Sydney (SYD) to Doha (DOH).
In the earlier Qantas section, we talked about the benefits of booking Qantas flights using Qantas Frequent Flyer points. With Qantas points, you’ll get access to a greater selection of award space, but you’ll be charged more points for this perk.
If you happen to be a points pincher, you can book Qantas business class flights using Asia Miles.
You’ll save a bundle on points, but you’ll just need to work a bit harder to find Qantas’ partner-level award availability.
Here are some great redemption options for Qantas business class from the U.S. to Australia:
SkyTeam has a few big airlines in Europe. If you think about great business class airlines in Europe, Air France and KLM are probably among the ones that come to mind.
Best of all, even if you’re flying to cities other than Paris (CDG) or Amsterdam (AMS), chances are you can get there with 1 connection from all of the major international airports in the U.S.
In general, Air France has better award availability and a better product overall, owing to its chic French service culture.
Check out some of these great deals you can get using Brex points transferred to Flying Blue:
One of the most useful partners to book flights to Asia very far in advance is China Airlines, and it offers an awesome business class product, plus great 1-stop connectivity to the rest of Asia.
China Airlines’ hub is located in Taipei (TPE), so you can fly to cities like Bangkok (BKK) and Manila (MNL) with just 1 quick stop in Taipei.
Best of all, China Airlines business class can be booked using Brex Rewards points transferred to Air France-KLM Flying Blue.
Here are some great example routes we’d recommend considering:
Aeromexico’s Club Premier frequent flyer program has a unique benefit: the SkyTeam Go Around the World Award Ticket. As long as you follow the rules, you can book an epic trip with up to 15 stopovers for 224,000 points in economy or 352,000 points in business class.
Here are some of the main stipulations:
So if you can stick to these conditions, you can build some awesome around-the-world journeys, like this one:
As you can see, there’s certainly no shortage of ways you can redeem Brex points. However, while the the list of airline transfer partners is solid, the transfer ratio is no longer 1:1, so the program isn’t quite as valuable as it used to be.
But there are still great opportunities to use your Brex poitns — you can book first class flights on some of the best airlines in the world, including Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, ANA, and Cathay Pacific. You can also book business class flights on EVA Air, Qatar Airways, Air France, Swiss Air, and so many more.
You can even book economy flights that would otherwise cost a pretty penny by using your Brex points.
Now that you know all of the highest-value ways to redeem Brex points for stellar value, happy booking!
The information regarding the Brex Corporate Card for Startups was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
According to our travel points and miles valuations, Brex points are worth 1 cent each. That being said, it’s possible to get far better value than that if you transfer your points to frequent flyer programs for premium cabin award travel.
With Brex points, you can redeem them for cash-back, gift cards, statement credits, crypto, and of course, transfer them to partners for award travel.
You can earn Brex points by making purchases on your eligible Brex cards. Spend on your Brex card, and you’ll earn up to 8x points.
Brex does not do a personal credit check. Instead, Brex uses your bank account information and other data to approve you for its card products.
Brex points do not expire as long as you are an active Brex cardholder in good standing.
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