June 24, 2014
In my recent post, Airlines with multiple transfer partners, I listed polygamous airline loyalty programs: airlines in which you can transfer points from more than one transferable points program: Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR), Amex Membership Rewards (MR), and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). That post was well received, but it was clear that people wanted a single place to see all transfer partners. Done and done.
I’ve created a Google Docs spreadsheet titled “Transfer Partner Master List”. In this spreadsheet, I’ve listed all of the programs that you can transfer points to from SPG, MR, and UR.
What’s the point?
Suppose you have collected a healthy stash of SPG, MR, or UR points and you want to fly a particular airline. With this chart, you can easily see which transferable points programs transfer to that airline. But wait, that’s not all… Often it is better to transfer points to a partner airline such as when the partner has a better award chart for your needs. To help with that, I’ve listed the airline alliance that each of these airlines is part of. Suppose you want to fly Air Berlin, for example. You can see from this spreadsheet that they are part of the OneWorld Alliance. So, you can then filter the spreadsheet to OneWorld and find other programs that can be used to book flights on Air Berlin:
Now you can see that it is possible to book Air Berlin flights with many different airline miles including AA, British Airways, US Airways, and more. Figuring out which program is best to use is beyond the scope of this post, but factors to consider include: 1) how many miles you already have in each program; 2) how much the particular airline program will charge (in miles) for the award you want; and 3) whether or not the airline program charges fuel surcharges for awards.
Of course, viewing partnerships by alliance is not a complete picture. Airlines often have additional partnerships that go beyond the big three alliances. For some airlines (specifically, those that are not part of an alliance), I’ve included their partner list in a separate column. Going forward I hope to fill out this list more completely.
Finding the spreadsheet
On each page of this blog, there is a “Flights” menu. Currently, a link to this Google Docs Spreadsheet titled “Transfer Partner Master List” is the second item down:
Filtering your view
When viewing the Airlines tab of the spreadsheet, click the filter button on the toolbar to see a list of stored filters:
At the time of this writing, the filter options are:
- SPG Transfer Partners
- MR Transfer Partners
- UR Transfer Partners
- Star Alliance
If you want to do more intense filtering or sorting, go to the File menu and select “Make a copy…” You will then have full control of your copy of the spreadsheet. Alternatively, go to File… Download as… Microsoft Excel.