Capital One Transfer Partners

As of December 10th 2018, Capital One miles are transferable to a number of airline partners. Most miles transfer at a ratio of 2 to 1.5 (1,000 Capital One miles transfers to 750 airline miles), but some transfer 2 to 1 (1,000 Capital One miles to 500 airline miles).  Capital One plans to add more transfers partners on an ongoing basis.

Below you’ll find a complete list of Capital One transfer partners as well as quick tips for best uses.

Tips

Don’t transfer yet: Don’t transfer until high value awards are available and you are ready to book them. Transfers are one-way only.

Your Capital One miles may be more valuable as-is: If you find cheap airfare, it’s likely that it would cost you fewer Capital One Miles to use them in the traditional way (e.g. pay for the flight with your Capital One card and then “erase” the statement charges using miles at a value of one cent per mile).

Transfer in small chunks: Unlike most other transferable points programs which require transferring in 1,000 point increments, Capital One allows transferring as few as 100 Capital One Miles at a time.

How to transfer: See “How to transfer Capital One miles to partners,” for a step by step guide.

Capital One Transfer Partners

Rewards ProgramCapital One Transfer RatioBest Uses
AeroMexico ClubPremier1000 to 750AeroMexico is a SkyTeam partner. Club Premier points can be used to book flights on AeroMexico, SkyTeam alliance members (such as Delta or Korean Air), or on select partner airlines. Award prices tend to be quite high, but if you transfer points to AeroMexico with a great multiple (such as from Membership Rewards 1 to 1.6), prices can be reasonable.
Air Canada Aeroplan1000 to 750Redeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed on international flights. Reasonable award prices to Europe for business and first class.
Air France KLM Flying Blue1000 to 750Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards.
Alitalia MilleMiglia1000 to 750Alitalia is a member of the SkyTeam alliance. Unfortunately, fuel surcharges can be quite high, and partner awards cannot be booked online. Worse, after numerous devaluations, few sweetspots exist in this program.
Avianca LifeMiles1000 to 750Avianca LifeMiles can be great for Star Alliance awards. They offer reasonable award prices and no fuel surcharges on awards. They also offer shorthaul awards within the US (for flying United, for example) for as few as 7,500 miles one-way. Best of all, their mixed-cabin pricing can lead to fantastic first-class award prices. See this post for details.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1000 to 750Cathay Pacific has a fairly generous distance based award chart and allows multiple stopovers. Fuel surcharges can be very high on certain routes. See: Best Use of Asia Miles (Cathay).
Emirates Skywards1000 to 500Emirates has different award charts for each airline partner. Sometimes they allow one-way awards, sometimes they do not. In general, award prices are fairly high.
Etihad Guest1000 to 750Etihad has a very competitive award chart for American Airlines flights, among others. Beware that booking awards can be very difficult.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1000 to 750While there are some niche sweet spots with EVA's program, you'll usually do better transferring points to Singapore Airlines to book Star Alliance awards.
Finnair Plus+1000 to 750Award prices are quite high compared to competing programs. Interestingly, miles can be exchanged for tier points (towards elite status).
Hainan Airlines1000 to 750I’m not aware of any great uses for Hainan miles
Qantas Frequent Flyer1000 to 750Best use is probably for flights on El Al with no fuel surcharges. Qantas offers distance based award charts similar to Cathay Pacific. Both are OneWorld Alliance members. I recommend comparing award prices across both programs before transferring to either. Qantas offers round the world business class awards for only 280,000 points (but with many restrictions)
Qatar Privilege Club1000 to 750Given Qatar's award chart devaluation plus the addition of award booking fees in May 2018, I'm not aware of any particularly good uses for these miles.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1000 to 500Use to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members) or for Star Alliance awards. Low change fees and no close-in booking fees make this a very good program for booking United Airlines flights.

See Also

Last updated on December 12th, 2018

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December 2019 or 2018 ?

Nick Reyes
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I believe that should be 2018.

Jay Moore
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Jay Moore

Great news. I’m still sitting on ~ 900k on an old Spark Biz card and love the opportunity to transfer them to airlines.

Redeeming the Cap One miles on this card is annoying because for max value (.01) I need to hit $150, $350, or $600+ on the nose. It makes erasing any travel less than $600 (99% of my travel purchases) a potentially poor redemption.

Jags
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Buy $10,000 refundable ticket. Use all of your miles to offset cost. Cancel flight.

Jay Moore
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Jay Moore

Thanks for that! I did something similar to get a 20k Amex MR bonus with a KLM refundable fare. Didn’t even think about applying it here. I guess Cap One will just cut a check. Any data points on this?

Debit
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Debit

I looked for KLM refundable fares. Couldn’t find any. They don’t have fully refundable fares. How did you book,

Nick Reyes
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I haven’t looked, but I’d expect that some business/first class (not sure KLM flies first) must be fully refundable, no?

Jay Moore
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Jay Moore

Yes, I have refunded a full flex economy fare and they state it in the fare conditions. “Full refund allowed for cancellation after ticket issued and before departure.”

I potentially could have done this with AF as well and with another Amex card for a total of 80k MR but I didn’t want to push it.

Larry
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Do we know yet what the rules will be with respect to transfers to someone else’s frequent flier account? Authorized users or spouses/partners, etc.?

Debit
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Always the same hoes sleeping with every Joe.

Interestingly the more you sleep with everyone the more desirable you become.

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