Marriott and SPG Transfer Partners

Marriott and SPG rewards points are transferable to a huge selection of airline partners.  In most cases the transfer ratio is 3 Marriott rewards points to 1 airline mile.  However, if you transfer 60,000 points, you’ll get 25,000 miles instead of 20,000.  That makes the transfer ratio 3 to 1.25.  Additionally, when you transfer to United Airlines miles, you get a 10% bonus.  60,000 rewards points converts into 27,500 United miles (a 3 to 1.375 transfer ratio).

–> Link to Marriott’s point transfer page.

Below you’ll find a complete list of Marriott/SPG transfer partners as well as quick tips for best uses.

Tips

Transfer in 60K increments, up to 240K per day: When transferring points to airline programs, you’ll get the most value by transferring multiples of 60,000 points.  When you transfer 60,000 points, Marriott automatically adds 15,000 bonus points to the transfer, and those 15,000 bonus points typically convert to 5,000 miles.  For example, 60,000 points transferred to Alaska Airlines becomes 25,000 Alaska miles.  By transferring in this way, you get a 3 to 1.25 transfer ratio to airline programs.  You are limited to 240K points in transfers per day (which typically equals 100K miles), so if you want to transfer more you should spread out your transfers over multiple days.

Don’t transfer yet: Don’t transfer points until high value awards are available and you are ready to book them.  Transfers are one-way only.  Marriott/SPG rewards points are valuable for their flexibility and for hotel stays. Once you transfer, you are locked into a single program that may or may not have awards available.

Don’t forget that rewards points can be valuable when used directly: Marriott/SPG offers many ways to use rewards points: Free night awards, Cash & Points awards, 5th night free awards, experiences, etc.

Use rewards points to exactly top off an account: Most other transferable points programs require transfers in 1,000 point chunks.  This can make it difficult to exactly top off an account when you need an odd number of miles. Marriott/SPG lets you transfer exact mile amounts over 1,000.  For example, if you need 1,001 airline miles, you can get exactly that by transferring 3,003 points.

Watch for hotel to airline transfer bonuses:  Airlines occasionally offer bonuses when you transfer points from hotel programs.  Since Marriott/SPG is a hotel program it usually qualifies.

Current Transfer Bonuses

If there are any current transfer bonuses from hotel programs, details will appear here:

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Best Marriott Airline Transfer Partners

The following airline transfer partners represent the best potential value in my opinion:

Rewards ProgramMarriott Transfer RatioBest Uses
Air Canada Aeroplan60K to 25KRedeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed on international flights. Reasonable award prices to Europe for business and first class.
Alaska MileagePlan60K to 25KAlaska Airlines has a number of great partners and offers reasonable award prices for most of them. Unlike most other programs, Alaska allows stop-overs one one-way awards. This makes it possible to stretch award value much further. Travel Codex offers an excellent overview to booking Alaska Airlines awards here.
ANA Mileage Club60K to 25KRedeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed. Very good award prices for round-the-world travel. See also: How To Find Business Class Awards To Europe For 88,000 Miles Or Points.
Asiana60K to 25KRedeem only 50K miles for one-way first class Star Alliance awards between US and Europe! Beware very high fuel surcharges when flying airlines such as Lufthansa.
Avianca LifeMiles60K to 25KAvianca 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.
Etihad Guest60K to 25KEtihad 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.
JAL (Japan Airlines) Mileage Bank60K to 25KJAL has a distance based partner award chart. Depending upon the length of the flights, this can lead to great award prices on partners such as Emirates and Korean Air.
Korean Airlines60K to 25KKorean Air is known for having top notch business and first class on their international flights. Plus, first class tends to be wide open for awards. Korean is also a fantastic program for booking certain partner awards. For example, it is possible to book Delta flights from the US mainland to Hawaii for only 25,000 points round trip in coach or 45,000 points in first class.
United MileagePlus60K to 27.5KEven though Singapore Airlines miles have a number of advantages over United miles for booking Star Alliance flights, United has advantages too. For one, it is possible to book most Star Alliance awards online at United.com. Additionally, United awards sometimes cost fewer miles with United than with Singapore (especially premium awards on United’s own flights). And, most importantly, United never charges fuel surcharges for awards. In some cases, United is far cheaper than Singapore Airlines for this reason alone.

Useful Marriott Airline Transfer Partners

The following airline transfer partners can offer great value under certain circumstances:

Rewards ProgramMarriott Transfer RatioBest Uses
Air France KLM Flying Blue60K to 25KMonthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards.
American AAdvantage60K to 25KBest for partner awards such as Cathay Pacific business class
Avios60K to 25KWhile 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.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles60K to 25KCathay 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.
Delta SkyMiles60K to 25KAward flights to Canada are often a great deal. Partner awards often have terrific availability, but you may pay more miles than with other programs.
Miles & More60K to 25KGreat for booking United business class awards
Qantas Frequent Flyer60K to 25KBest 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)
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer60K to 25KUse 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.
Southwest Rapid Rewards60K to 25KAward flights are fully refundable. Point values vary due to certain taxes not being charged on awards, but tend to average around 1.5 cents per point.
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles60K to 25KMiles & Smiles offers a number of fantastic sweet spot awards. The main catch: if you want to fly any airline other than Turkish itself, you have to go in-person to a Turkish Airlines sales office to ticket the award.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club60K to 25KVirgin Atlantic miles can be usefully thought of as a way to get a discount off Virgin Atlantic flights (high fuel surcharges make the flights far from free), but there are some better uses. Use miles to upgrade paid flights or to fly partner airlines. A fantastic use is to fly ANA in business or first class thanks to Virgin’s generous ANA partner award chart. Or, if you can find saver level Delta awards for nonstop international travel, you can often book through Virgin Atlantic far cheaper than with Delta directly.

Additional Marriott Airline Transfer Partners

Rewards ProgramMarriott Transfer RatioBest Uses
Aegean Miles + Bonus60K to 25K
Aeroflot Bonus60K to 25K
Air China Phoenix Miles60K to 25K
Air New Zealand Air Points60K to 307
AeroMexico ClubPremier60K to 25KAeroMexico 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.
Alitalia MilleMiglia60K to 25KAlitalia 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.
China Eastern Airlines60K to 25K
China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club60K to 25K
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles60K to 25K
Emirates Skywards60K to 25KEmirates 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.
Frontier Miles60K to 25K
Hainan Airlines60K to 25KI’m not aware of any great uses for Hainan miles
Hawaiian Miles60K to 25KHawaiian Airlines’ award prices tend to be quite high, but there are some not-terrible uses: fly to neighboring islands for 7.5K miles, fly first class round-trip from Hawaii to South Pacific islands for as few as 95K miles, fly first class round-trip from Hawaii to Australia for as few as 130K miles.
Jet Airways JetPrivilege60K to 25KJetAirways JetPrivilege miles are useful only for a few very specific cases such as certain flights to Hawaii for as low as 15K (30K business) one-way, or to the Caribbean or Central America for as low as 10K (20K business) one-way. Details can be found here.
JetBlue60K to 12.5KJetBlue 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.
LATAM Pass60K to 25K
Multiplus60K to 25K
Qatar Privilege Club60K to 25KGiven 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.
Saudia Airlines60K to 25K
South African Airways Voyager60K to 25K
TAP Air Portugal60K to 25K
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus60K to 25KI'm not aware of any good uses for these miles
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer60K to 25K

Indirect Transfer Partners

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.  In most cases this is a bad deal, but it’s cool to think about the possibilities.

Rewards ProgramMarriott Transfer RatioIndirect Transfer Notes
Hilton60K to 37.5K*Transfer first to Virgin Atlantic. Convert Virgin Atlantic miles 1 to 1.5 to Hilton. Since Hilton points are usually worth only around .45 cents each towards free nights, this isn’t usually a good idea.
IHG60K to 25K*Transfer to Virgin Atlantic. Convert Virgin Atlantic miles 1 to 1 to IHG. Note: I do not recommend this. See: Virgin Atlantic transfers to IHG no longer count towards status
Wyndham60K to 12.5K*Transfer to Hawaiian Airlines miles, then to Caesar's Total Rewards 2 to 1, then to Wyndham 1 to 1. Details here.

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Last updated on January 20th, 2019

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Don’t forget transfer bonuses that come around time to time from airline programs that can be stacked with this. Like the current 35% Aeroplan bonus. 90k SPG points becomes 162,000 Aeroplan miles plus the 7 night certificate with Marriott nights and flights.

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Thanks for the heads up. These bonuses would be great to mention in this post somewhere. Maybe a “current bonus” section or a link to another page where transfer bonuses are updated.

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Are you certain airline bonuses stack with Nights & Flights offers?

Nick Reyes
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Yes.

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Excellent resource… thanks!

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Doesn’t Asiana offer the lowest number of points for Lufthansa first class? Europe to NA for 50k (40k SPG points with the bonus) one way.

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Excellent work !
Thanks and regards, from Portugal 🙂

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How do I transfe 30,000 SPG points to my daughter? Alternatively can I transfer them to her airlines reward account?

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