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).
Below you’ll find a complete list of Marriott/SPG transfer partners as well as quick tips for best uses.
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:
|Transfer Bonus Details||End Date Sortable|
|20% transfer bonus to Etihad from hotels Marriott is the only partner that really makes sense here.||2018/10/31|
|30% transfer bonus from hotels to United (60K Marriott = 32.5K United)||2018/11/30|
Best Marriott/SPG Airline Transfer Partners
The following airline transfer partners represent the best potential value in my opinion. I’ve added a thumbs up icon to the partners that I consider best of the best.
|Aeroplan/Air Canada||60K to 25K||Redeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed on international flights. Reasonable award prices to Europe for business and first class.|
|Air France KLM Flying Blue||60K to 25K||Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards.|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
||60K to 25K||Alaska 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.|
|All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club
||60K to 25K||Redeem 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.|
|60K to 25K||Redeem 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.|
|British Airways Executive Club (also Iberia Plus)||60K to 25K||While 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 often offers even better value either on their own flights or for round-trip partner awards..|
|Delta Air Lines SkyMiles||60K to 25K||Award flights to Canada are often a great deal. Partner awards often have terrific availability, but you may pay more miles than with other programs.|
|Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank||60K to 25K||JAL 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 Air Skypass||60K to 25K||Korean 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.|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||60K to 25K||Use 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.|
|60K to 27.5K||Even 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.|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||60K to 25K||Virgin 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.|
The Other Transfer Partners
Here are the transfer partners that didn’t make my “best of” list, above. Note that many of these are still worth considering under certain circumstances.
|60K to 25K|
|Aegean Miles+Bonus||60K to 25K|
|Aeroflot Bonus||60K to 25K|
|AeroMexico ClubPremier||60K to 25K|
|Air China Phoenix Miles||60K to 25K|
|Air New Zealand Air Points||60K to 385|
|Alitalia MilleMiglia||60K to 25K|
|American Airlines||60K to 25K|
|Avianca LifeMiles||60K to 25K|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||60K to 25K|
|China Eastern Airlines||60K to 25K|
|China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club||60K to 25K|
|Copa Airlines ConnectMiles||60K to 25K|
|Emirates Skywards||60K to 25K|
|Etihad Airways||60K to 25K|
|Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns||60K to 25K|
|Hainan Airlines||60K to 25K|
|Hawaiian Airlines||60K to 25K|
|Jet Airways JetPrivilege||60K to 25K|
|JetBlue TrueBlue||60K to 12.5K (don’t do it!)|
|LATAM Airlines LATAMPASS||60K to 25K|
|Lufthansa Miles and More||60K to 25K|
|Multiplus||60K to 25K|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||60K to 25K|
|Qatar Privilege Club||60K to 25K|
|Saudia Airlines||60K to 25K|
|South African Airways Voyager||60K to 25K|
|Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards||60K to 25K|
|TAP Air Portugal||60K to 25K|
|Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus||60K to 25K|
|Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer||60K 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.
|Transfer First To
|Hawaiian Miles||Wyndham||2 to 1||Transfer to Hawaiian Airlines miles 1 to 1, then to Caesar’s Total Rewards 2 to 1, then to Wyndham 1 to 1. Details here.|
|Virgin Atlantic||IHG||60K to 25K
(3 to 1.25)
|Transfer 60K rewards to 25K 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.
|Virgin Atlantic||Hilton||60K to 37.5K
(3 to 1.875)
|Transfer 60K rewards to 25K Virgin Atlantic. Convert Virgin Atlantic miles 1 to 1.5 to Hilton. Note: I do not recommend this.|