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How to Transfer Airline Miles From Different Loyalty Programs

How to Transfer Airline Miles From Different Loyalty Programs

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Transferring points or miles directly from one airline loyalty program to another would open a world of travel opportunities, but don’t get too excited as it’s not allowed. However, if you have certain credit cards, belong to hotel loyalty programs or use independent points transfer companies, there are ways to move rewards points into certain airline loyalty programs.

Below we outline the ways you can transfer your points into airline loyalty program miles.

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Credit cards

American Express®

American Express credit cards connected to the Membership Rewards® program allow cardmembers to transfer their points to 18 airline loyalty programs. They are:

  • AerLingus AerClub
  • AeroMexico Club Premier
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue
  • Alitalia MilleMiglia
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways) Mileage Club
  • Asia Miles™
  • Avianca LifeMiles
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Delta SkyMiles®
  • EL AL Matmid Frequent Flyer Club
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
  • Iberia Plus
  • JetBlue TrueBlue™
  • Singapore KrisFlyer
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

The conversion rate is a minimum of 1,000 Membership Rewards points to 1,000 airline miles, except for JetBlue TrueBlue, which is has a lower minimum transfer threshold of 250 points for 250 miles; and EL AL Matmid Frequent Flyer Club, 1,000 points for 20 points.

Capital One Venture

Those with Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card and Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card miles rewards credit cards can transfer their rewards miles to one of these 14 airline partners:

  • AeroMexico Club Premier
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue
  • Alitalia MilleMiglia
  • Asia Miles™
  • Avianca LifeMiles
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • JetBlue TrueBlue™
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore KrisFlyer

Transfers can be done at a rate of two Venture miles to 1.5 airline miles, except for a 2:1 ratio for Emirates and Singapore Airlines (KrisFlyer).

  • One-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel

  • 2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

  • Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®

Highlights
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel
  • Earn 2X miles on every purchase, every day.
  • Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime; no blackout dates. Plus transfer your miles to over 12 leading travel loyalty programs
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • Named ‘The Best Travel Card' by CNBC, 2018
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year; $95 after that

See additional details for Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

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  • 1.25 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

  • 0% intro on purchases for 12 months

  • 13.74% - 23.74% (Variable)

Highlights
  • $0 annual fee and no foreign transaction fees
  • Earn a bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $200 in travel
  • Earn 1.25X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Travel when you want with no blackout dates and fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • Transfer your miles to over 12 leading travel loyalty programs
  • Enjoy 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months; 13.74% - 23.74% variable APR after that

See additional details for Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

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Read How to Redeem Capital One Venture Miles for Travel

Chase Ultimate Rewards®

If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, you can transfer your points to nine airline partners at a 1:1 ratio:

  • Aer Lingus AerClub
  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Iberia Plus
  • JetBlue TrueBlue™
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus®
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

  • 60,000 bonus points

  • 2X points on travel and dining

  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs

Highlights
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel

See additional details for Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • $300 Annual Travel Credit, Airport Lounge Access, and Flexible Redemption Options

Highlights
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named "Best Premium Travel Credit Card" for 2018 by MONEY® Magazine
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®

See additional details for Chase Sapphire Reserve®

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  • Earn 80,000 bonus points

  • Earn 3 points per $1 in select business categories

  • Points are worth 25% more when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards

Highlights
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent on travel and select business categories each account anniversary year
  • Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases - with no limit to the amount you can earn
  • Points are worth 25% more when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Redeem points for travel, cash back, gift cards and more - your points don't expire as long as your account is open
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Employee cards at no additional cost
  • $95 Annual Fee

See additional details for Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card

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Read Tips for Booking Travel on the Chase Ultimate Rewards Website

Citi ThankYou®

If you have the Citi Premier℠ Card or the Citi Prestige® Credit Card, you can transfer your points to these 14 airline loyalty programs:

  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue
  • Avianca LifeMiles
  • Asia Miles™
  • Etihad Guest
  • EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
  • Garuda Indonesia Frequent Flyer
  • JetBlue TrueBlue™
  • Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
  • Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

The conversion rate is a minimum of 1,000 points to 1,000 miles except for JetBlue TrueBlue, which is 1,000 points to 800 points.

  • Earn 3X Points on Travel, Including Gas Stations, Earn 2X Points on Dining Out & Entertainment, Earn 1X Points on All Other Purchases

  • Earn 60,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

  • No Foreign Transaction Fees*

Highlights
  • Earn 60,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 points per $1 spent on travel including gas stations
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent at restaurants and on entertainment
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • 60,000 Points are redeemable for $750 in airfare on any airline, anytime with no blackout dates when booked through the ThankYou® Travel Center, or $600 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • Points Transfer allows you to transfer points to participating airline loyalty programs
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases

See additional details for Citi Premier℠ Card

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Check out our list of Credit Cards with Airline Mile Transfer Features

Hotel loyalty programs

The top hotel loyalty programs allow members to transfer the points they earn to airline loyalty programs, as outlined below:

 

Transfer From Transfer To Transfer Rate
IHG Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Air France/KLM, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways (ANA), American Airlines, Asia Miles, Asiana, British Airways, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, LATAM, Life Miles, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia General: 10,000 points for 2,000 miles

El Al: 10,000 points for 40 El Al points

Malaysia Airlines: 10,000 points for 1,500 miles

Hilton Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Asia, Air Canada, Air China, Air France/KLM, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, ANA, American Airlines, Asia Miles, Asiana, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, Frontier Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia General: 10,000 points to 1,000 miles

Aeromexico: 25,000 points for 6,500 miles

American Airlines: 10,000 points for 1,500 miles

Frontier Airlines: 10,000 points for 1,500 miles

LAN: 25,000 points for 6,500 kilometers

Hawaiian Airlines: 10,000 points for 1,500 miles

Marriott Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot Bonus, AeroMexico ClubPremier’ Air Canada Aeroplan, Air China Phoenix Miles, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Air New Zealand Airpoints, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, Alitalia MilleMiglia, ANA Mileage Club, American Airlines AAdvantage®, Asia Club, Asia Miles, Asiana Airlines, Avianca LifeMiles, British Airways Executive Club, China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles, China Southern Airlines, Copa Airlines ConnectMiles, Delta Air Lines SkyMiles®, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, Frontier Airlines Frontier Miles, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles®, Iberia Plus, Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank, JetBlue TrueBlue™, Korean Air SKYPASS, LATAM Airlines LATAMPASS, Lufthansa Miles and More, Multiplus, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Qatar Privilege Club, Saudia Airlines Alfursan, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, South African Airways Voyager, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles, United MileagePlus®, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer General: 3 points for 1 mile, between 3,000 and 240,000 a day

Air New Zealand: 200 points for 1 mile

United Airlines: 10% points bonus when transferring to miles

World of Hyatt Aeromexico, Air China, Air France/KLM, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana, Asia Miles, British Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, LATAM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Points transfer at 2.5 points for 1 mile
Wyndham Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, American Airlines, Avianca, China Eastern, Frontier Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines 5 points for 1 mile

Tip: Transferring hotel points to airline loyalty programs generally isn’t a good idea since the transfer rates are pretty poor. You should only transfer your hotel points if you only need a few extra miles to book an award flight or seat upgrade.

Use Points.com to transfer points out

Points.com’s exchange lets you move points from one airline program to another, and airlines that let you use Points.com to move points out include:

  • Aeroplan (Air Canada)
  • Amtrak
  • Frontier
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • JetBlue

How does it work?

Points.com transfers are free, but your miles get diluted by the exchange rate. And once you send miles out you can’t reverse the transaction, so think hard before you make any transfer. After that, it takes between three and five days for your miles to transfer over.

Here are the airline programs — and Amtrak — available for tracking, exchanging and redeeming through Points.com:

 

Some exchanges are better than most. JetBlue to Amtrak is a good deal. You can turn 1,000 JetBlue points into 500 Amtrak Guest Rewards points. That’s good because JetBlue points are worth about 1.5 cents each, while Amtrak points are worth about 3 cents each, so doing the exchange doesn’t lose much value.

Learn more about How To Use Amtrak Guest Rewards Points – Sleeping Cars, Acela, and More

The example below shows how to do points exchanges between airlines (and Amtrak), along with how many miles or points you’ll need for an exchange.

Points.com is also a great way to keep track of all your mileage balances in one place, with one login, even for programs that can’t be exchanged. With Points.com you can see your balances on one screen with the following airlines:

  • Aer Lingus AerClub
  • Aeroflot Bonus
  • Air France KLM Flying Blue
  • Air India Flying Returns
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™
  • Alitalia Mille Miglia
  • ANA Mileage Club
  • Asiana Club
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • China Airlines Dynasty Flyer Program
  • China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles
  • China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • EL AL Matmid Frequent Flyer Club
  • Etihad Airways Etihad Guest
  • Eurowings Boomerang Club
  • EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
  • Finnair Plus
  • FlyBuys
  • Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • Korean Air SKYPASS
  • LANPASS
  • Lufthansa Miles & More
  • Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles
  • Porter Airlines VIPorter
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • South African Airways Voyager
  • Spirit Airlines FREE SPIRIT™
  • Sun Country Airlines® Rewards®
  • TAP Portugal Victoria
  • THAI Airways Royal Orchid Plus
  • Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer
  • Vueling Vueling Club
  • WestJet Rewards

There’s no fee to track points, and all the programs are linked behind the scenes so you don’t have to do manual updates.

British Airways/Iberia/Aer Lingus transfers

British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus have their own loyalty programs, even though they all are owned by holding company International Airlines Group (IAG). And each of them use Avios as their currency, although they carry different values.

It is possible to combine those Avios into a single account. To transfer them, to go to Avios.com and log in. Select ‘Your account’ and ‘Combine/Transfer Avios to or from your AerClub, British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus accounts’.

Note you can only transfer Avios if all details, including your surname, date of birth and email address are on your account, and you’re not in a household account. You must call Iberia customer service at 800-772-4642 to transfer your Avios to British Airways.

The bottom line

Most airlines don’t want you to move your miles elsewhere since they prefer you redeem them for flights or merchandise — or worse — let them expire, then charge you to get them back. But between hotels, credit cards and Points.com, you do have options.

American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou offer the best points-to-miles exchange rates, making this an attractive option. Hotel loyalty programs and Points.com have a good list of airline partners, but the exchange rates aren’t as good as credit cards. Check your miles balances before making any transfers, and double- and triple-check bookings before you transfer as you often can’t retrieve points once they are moved.


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