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How to transfer Frequent Flyer Miles between programs

October 12, 2012

United MileagePlusDid you need to know how to transfer frequent flyer miles between airlines? Do you need a few miles to get to a free trip? Or do you have some miles that are expiring or you think you will never use? It may be you can get the points you need, or get rid of the points you don’t need, by transferring them to another program. The transfer rates are sometimes good, sometimes not good.

The best strategy is to get a Chase Saphire Preferred Card with 40,000 bonus points and convert those points at 1:1 to top up your airline accounts. Or get a Starwoods Preferred Guest account and Starwoods credit card, as of this writing, the Starwoods credit card comes with a 10,000 point bonus – you can convert those to 10,000 American AAdvantage or Delta Skymiles miles, or 5,000 United Mileage Plus Miles.

Transferring miles through a middleman
You can use Hilton Honors as a middleman to transfer miles across programs, but it is a terrible transfer rate.

Points.com also lets you transfer miles between programs – but they do take a lot of points and cash in the transfer, but they are definitely worth checking out.

Start with miles in Xfer Ratio Middleman Xfer Ratio Turn miles into Gotchas
American Express 1:1 Aeromexico
Aeroplan
AirTran
Alitalia MilMiglia
All Nippon Airlines
British Airways
ElAl
Flying Blue
Frontier
Hawaiian
Iberia
JetBlue
Singapore Air KrisFlyer
Virgin America
Virgin Atlantic
Best Western
ChoicePrivileges
Hilton Honors
Jumeriah
IHG Priority Club
Starwood
You can’t transfer miles into American Express, but if you need desperately to top up a program not on their list you can transfer the points from Amex to Starwood (or as a last resort Hilton Honors), then to that program.
Continental (e.g. 10,000) 1:1 Amtrak (e.g. 10,000) 1:3 Hilton Honors Choice Privileges (e.g. 30,000) Must be Amtrak Select or Elite, or hold an Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard, max 50,000 points/yr
Starwood 1:1
1:1
1:1
65:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
2:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:2
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
1:1
2:1
2:1
1:1
Aeroplan
Air Berlin
Air China
Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
Alitalia MileMilglia
ANA All Nippon
American AAdvantage
Asia Miles
Asiana
British Airways Exec Club
China Southern
Continental OnePass
Delta Skymiles
Emirates Skywards
Flying Blue
Hawaiian
Japan Air JAL
Kingfisher
LAN Lanpass
Mexicana
Miles and More
Qatar
Saudi Arabian Air
Singapore Krisflyer
Thai Airways Royal Orchid
US Airways Dividend
United Mileage Plus
VARIG Smiles
Virgin Atlantic
Excellent conversion rate, if you need to top up a program use Starwood!
Chase Ultimate Rewards 1:1 Most Airlines including United Mileage Plus
American
Amtrak
CSA Czech
Hawaiian
Icelandair
Mexicana
Olympic Air
Virgin Atlantic
3:5
1:3
1:1
1:2
1:2
1:2
1:2
1:2
Hilton Honors 4:1
10:1
10:1
10:1
1000:2
10:1
10:1
10:1.5
1:3
10:1
10:1
10:1
10:1
10:1
10:1
10:1.5
10:1.5
10:1.5
10:1
10:1
10:1
10:1
4:1
10:1
10:1

10:1
10:1.5
10:1
10:1
10:1.5
10:1
10:1
10:1
10:1.5
10:1
10:1
10:1
10:0.85
10:1
10:1.5

Aeromexico
Aeroplan
Air Berlin
Air China
Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon
American AAdvantage
Amtrak
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Continental
CSA Czech
Delta Skymiles
Etihad
Frontier
Gulf Air
Hawaiian
Icelandair
Japan JAL
Jet Airways
JetBlue
LAN
Kingfisher
KLM/Air France Flying Blue
Malaysia
Mexicana
Miles&More
Olympic
Qantas
Qatar
Saudi
Singapore
South African
TACA
THAI
United MileagePlus
US Airways
Virgin America
Virgin Atlantic
Increments of 5000;90% reduction in value, but if the points are going to expire or never be used anyway, using Hilton as the transfer is a method of last resort.

Source: mileBlaster.com



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