Airline Transfer Partners Chart
Airline Transfer Partners Chart
Please don’t be put off by this massive Airline Transfer Partner Chart! There are many airlines and many ways to earn and redeem miles and points. This chart shows you which award program corresponds to which airline, and hotels.
Top Three Airline Alliances
The top three airline alliances are: One World, Sky Team and Star Alliance. (And also features the non-alliance airlines like Alaska Airlines, Emirates and JetBlue).
Hotel Transfer Partners
There are also several ways to redeem reward points for free hotel nights. Look at the top right corner of this chart.
Four Major Transfer Currencies
There are four major transfer (partner) currencies: SPG Starwood Preferred Guest, American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi Thank You Rewards. Not listed on the chart is the Diners Club International, primarily because the lack of sign-up bonuses and little value overall.
The main way to add to each of these “buckets” is with the initial credit card sign up bonuses (usually from 40,-000-60,000 points, per card) and your everyday spending. Once you have points in say, your Ultimate Rewards account, you can transfer the points from your Chase “bucket” to a number of their partner airlines and hotel partners. The chart below shows you which “currency” transfers to which airline and hotel.
Starwood Preferred Guest–This is probably the best mileage transfer points programs out there! You can accumulate points and book directly with 150 different airlines (with no blackout dates), book hotel rooms (using all points or part cash/part points), use points for a VIP event (concerts) or transfer to one of their many airline partners: Aegean Airlines, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Berlin, Air China Companion, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways (ANA), American Airlines, Asia Miles, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad, Flying Blue, Gol Smiles, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL), Jet Airways, Korean Air, LAN Airlines, Miles and More, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, not to mention all the hotel and other transfer partners. Another amazing benefit with Starwood Preferred Guest is when you transfer just 20,000 points they reward you with an additional 5,000 bonus points-that’s a 25% bonus. For up to date partner redemption options click here .
American Express Membership Rewards. Amex currently offers 17 different airline transfer partners and four hotels:. Delta, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Klm, Air France, Alitalia, ANA, Asia Miles, British Airways, El Al, Emirates, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, jetBlue, Singapore Airlines, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Starwood, Hilton, Best Western, Choice Privileges. For up to date redemption options click here.
Diners Club Rewards. Diners Club Rewards offers 14 different airline transfer partners, five from the Star Alliance, two from SkyTeam, one from Oneworld, and seven independent carriers. Highlights include Air Canada, Delta, British Airways, Alaska, and Southwest, El Al, Eva Air, Hawaiian Airlines, and more. You can also use your points in participating hotel frequent guest programs. You must be enrolled in the frequent guest program in order to redeem your points. Hotel programs included Marriott Rewards Points, Starwood Preferred Guest® Starpoints®, Hilton HHonorsTM and many more. For the most up to date partners please check here.
Chase Ultimate Rewards. Chase has only six airline transfer partners (the fewest of all five of these programs), but it’s a surprisingly strong collection. Southwest is especially valuable for leisure travelers, and Chase is the only program that offers 1:1 transfers to United. Its biggest weakness is in SkyTeam, since the only option is Korean Air, which imposes fuel surcharges on awards and can be very hard to redeem.
Citi ThankYou Rewards. This program is certainly the new kid on the block, and its nine airline transfer partners are not very strong. The list does not include a US carrier, and two of its partners don’t even fly to North America. Its best option is Singapore, which is also a partner of all of the other programs (except Diners Club). Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Citi add new, more valuable partners in the future, especially American Airlines.