Capital One Transfer Partners

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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.

Current Transfer Bonuses

If Capital One is running any transfer bonuses, details will appear here:

Transfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date Sortable

Capital One Transfer Partners: Hotels

Rewards ProgramCapital One Transfer RatioBest Uses
Accor Live Limitless1000 to 500Use to pay hotel bill with value of 2 Euro cents per point. In some cases (such as hotel to airline transfer bonuses) it may make sense to convert Accor points to the following airline miles at a 1 to 1 ratio: Finnair, Iberia, Qantas, or Virgin Australia
Wyndham1000 to 750Wyndham often allows booking multi-room suites for the same price as a standard room. It's sometimes possible to get great value from points in that way.

Capital One Transfer Partners: Airlines

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. Unfortunately many have reported that awards are extremely difficult to book through AeroMexico so we do not recommend transferring points to this program. If you want to fly AeroMexico, look to transfer points to another SkyTeam partner (such as Air France) and then book AeroMexico with that program.
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. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles can be a good option for booking American Airlines flights with a distance based award chart, especially if other OneWorld Alliance miles aren't available.
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, but there are a few sweet spots such as New York to Milan for 90K round trip in business class.
Etihad Guest1000 to 750Etihad has a very competitive award chart for American Airlines flights, among others.  For example, they charge only 50,000 miles one-way for business class flights from North America to Europe. Partner awards must be booked over the phone.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1000 to 750If you want to fly one of the best business class products in the sky, the best way to snag EVA flights is with their own miles since they release more award space to their own members. One-way business class flights from the US to Taipei cost 75K to 80K miles. Fuel surcharges are very low on these routes.
Finnair Plus+1000 to 750Award prices are quite high compared to competing programs. Interestingly, miles can be exchanged for tier points (towards elite status).
JetBlue1000 to 750JetBlue points offer the most value when cheap ticket prices are available and when award taxes are high relative to the overall cost of the ticket (more details can be found here). The JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card offer a 10% rebate on awards, so you can get more value by holding one or both cards.
Qantas Frequent Flyer1000 to 750Best use is probably for flights on El Al with no fuel surcharges. Also useful for short AA flights. 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)
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.

Capital One Transfer Partners: Indirect

In some cases it is possible to transfer to an airline or hotel program in order to then transfer from that program to another program. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether or not it is a good idea to transfer in these ways (hint: these transfers usually represent poor value, but there are exceptions).

Rewards ProgramCapital One Transfer RatioIndirect Transfer NotesBest Uses
Avios6000 to 3000** Transfer first to Accor, then convert Accor points 3000 to 3000 to Iberia AviosWhile flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges. Great value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights. Iberia offers very low award prices on their own flights. Round trip partner awards can offer good value under some circumstances as well. Fuel surcharges are often lower than when booking through British Airways. Aer Lingus shares the "Avios" currency with British Airways and Iberia. In most cases it is best to move points to one of those programs in order to book awards for less.
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer8000 to 4000** Transfer first to Accor, then convert Accor points 4000 to 4000 to Virgin Australia Velocity

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December 2019 or 2018 ?

Nick Reyes
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I believe that should be 2018.

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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.

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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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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.?

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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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