One Table to Compare All Your Airline Transfer Options

Time for Phase II: Using the tables I created last week for bank transfer partners and hotel transfer partners, I have combined the list to create side-by-side comparisons of all transfer options for 63 airline and hotel loyalty programs. If you want, say, Gulf Air Falconflyer miles, you can now easily see in one place how many points you would need to transfer from Hilton, IHG Rewards, or Club Carlson.

I think this table will be a little easier to use than the ones I made before. Those were more detailed and included information like minimum transfer amounts and potential bonuses when you transferred large numbers of points. This table doesn’t have room for that. It assumes you will transfer the minimum amount and that you will get the largest available bonus, if any. All numbers listed are the result of transferring 1,000 points.

Check out the original tables for Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards or the hotel transfer tables if you need a reminder on minimum transfer amounts and the thresholds for receiving a transfer bonus.

(There’s more going on here. Scroll to the bottom.)

Aeroflot Bonus 150 250
AeroMexico Club Premier 1000 900 260 357 200 100
Aeroplan (Air Canada) 1000 1250 100 357 200 100
Air Berlin Topbonus 1250 100 250 200 100
Air China Phoenix Miles 1250 740 100 250 200 100
Air France / KLM Flying Blue 1000 1250 500 100 250 200 100
Air New Zealand Airpoints 19 2 2.5
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 1250 100 357 200
Alitalia MilleMiglia 1000 1250 250 200
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club 1000 1250 500 100 250 200
American Airlines AAdvantage 1250 500 150 357 200 100
Amtrak Guest Rewards 1000 100
Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) 1000 1250 100 250 200 100
Asiana Club 1250 500 100 250 200 100
Avianca/TACA LifeMiles 100 250
Best Western Rewards 1000
British Airways Executive Club (Avios) 1000 1000 1250 500 100 357 200 100
China Airlines Dynasty Flyer 500
China Eastern Airlines 1250 740 250 200
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club 1250 100 250 200
Choice Privileges 1000
CSA Czech Airlines OK Plus 100 100
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles 1000 1250 500 100 357 200 100
EL AL Israel Airlines Matmid Points 20 200
Emirates Skywards 1250 500 250 200 100
Etihad Guest 500 100 200 100
Frontier Airlines Early Returns 1000 150 357 100
Germanwings Boomerang Club 100
GOL Smiles 625 357
Gulf Air Falconflyer 150 200 100
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club 100 200
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles 1000 1250 500 150 357
Hilton HHonors 1500
Hyatt Gold Passport 1000
Iberia Plus (Avios) 1000 357
Icelandair Saga Club 100 100
IHG Rewards 1000
Japan Airlines (JAL) Mileage Bank 1250 500 100 250 200 100
Jet Airways JetPrivilege 500 100 250 200 100
JetBlue Airways TrueBlue Points 800 100 178
Kingfisher King Club 100
Korean Air SKYPASS 1000
LAN LANPASS 2500 500 260 250 200 100
Malaysia Airlines 100 150
Marriott Rewards 1000
Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, etc.) 1250 500 100 250 200 100
Olympic Air Travelair Club 100
Qantas Frequent Flyer 580 150 250 200
Qatar Airways 1250 100 250
Royal Brunei 500
SAS Airlines EuroBonus 100
Saudia Alfursan 1250 100 250 200
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1000 1250 500 100 250 200
South African Airways Voyager 500 150
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards 1000 580 357 100
TAP Portugal Victoria 250 200
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus 1250 500 100 200
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards 1000
United Airlines MileagePlus 1000 625 500 100 357 200 100
US Airways Dividend Miles 1250 85 357 200 100
Virgin America Elevate 500 100 178
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1000 1000 1250 700 150 357 200
Virgin Australia Velocity 200

 

Don’t forget that you can sometimes make two transfers. If you have Ultimate Rewards points, you could transfer them to Hyatt first and then to one of Hyatt’s many partners (Hyatt has better transfer rates than Marriott Rewards and IHG Rewards). Hilton is also a good go-between for many programs. See below for three programs that transfer into Hilton but not many other places. Fortunately Hilton has many of its own partners.

Citi ThankYou Rewards to Hilton HHonors 2:3 1000 1500
HawaiianMiles to Hilton HHonors 1:2 5000 2000
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club to Hilton HHonors 1:2 10000 2000

 

I’m still not done. While it’s nice to know that 1,000 points from Hyatt gets you 900 AeroMexico miles while 1,000 points form Hilton gets you 260, we all know that Hyatt’s points are worth more. I haven’t figured out a good way to accommodate that in the blog. I actually know exactly what I want it to look like, but all my programming skills are self taught, and I’m not there yet. That will be Phase III. Stay tuned…

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Scott created Hack My Trip while traveling on a budget during graduate school and continues to share his thoughts on better travel. He maintains elite status with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hyatt, and Starwood.
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  • noromney

    Is there a chart for converting airline miles to hotel miles? I have a lot more airline miles than I do hotel miles.

    • Scottrick

      There are very few options to convert airline miles to hotel points. For example, United Airlines allows elite members to transfer up to 50,000 United miles to Marriott at ratio of 1,000:1,000 (a horrible value, especially since the reverse process is a ratio of 1,000:357). But United doesn’t allow transfers to other hotel programs, nor am I aware of similar transfer options at other airlines.

      If you know of such programs and can provide a link, I’ll be happy to update the list.

  • james

    Then there’s the age-old question of how to format the “asterisk” i.e. UR can transfer 3 to 1 to Choice Privileges BUT (and I quote from T&C’s) “Only Members with Amtrak Guest Rewards Select, Select Plus or Select
    Executive status and Members that are active cardholders of the Amtrak
    Guest Rewards® MasterCard® issued by Chase Bank with an Amtrak travel spend on the card of over $200 per calendar year may redeem for hotel points.”
    Look forward to it!

    • james

      Umm, I meant going UR>Amtrak> Choice Privileges