Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Partners

Marriott Bonvoy 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 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 Bonvoy 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 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 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 is a hotel program it often qualifies.  Be careful, though: some promotions specifically call out Marriott transfers as being ineligible.

Current Transfer Bonuses

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

Transfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date Sortable

Best Marriott Airline Transfer Partners

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

Rewards ProgramBest UsesMarriott Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Air Canada AeroplanRedeem for Star Alliance flights and/or flights with Air Canada partners (such as Etihad). No fuel surcharges; $39 CAD award booking fee; 5,000 points to add stopover on one-way award. See: Air Canada Aeroplan: Everything you need to know.60K to 25K (4 to 5 days)
Air France KLM Flying BlueMonthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards.60K to 25K (1 to 3 days)
Alaska MileagePlanAlaska 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.60K to 25K (~2 days)
American AAdvantageBest for AA's web special awards or for partner awards such as Cathay Pacific business class, Qatar business class, Etihad first class, etc. AA no longer charges change or cancellation fees on awards.60K to 25K (~2 days)
ANA Mileage ClubRedeem for Star Alliance flights. Multiple stopovers allowed. ANA offers many great sweet-spot awards, including flying around the world in business class for as few as 115K miles! See also: ANA - a terrific Membership Rewards gem.60K to 25K (4 to 7 days)
AsianaRedeem 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.60K to 25K (~1 day)
Avianca LifeMilesAvianca 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.60K to 25K (~1 day)
Cathay Pacific Asia MilesCathay Pacific has a decent distance based award chart, but they no longer allow stopovers longer than 24 hours. 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. For long distance flights, it is possible to reduce the cost of first class by adding on a business class flight. See this post for details.60K to 25K (~1 day)
JAL (Japan Airlines) Mileage BankJAL 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.60K to 25K (~2 days)
Korean AirlinesKorean 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.60K to 25K (~1 day)
United MileagePlusLike Avianca and Aeroplan, United never charges fuel surcharges for awards. Unfortunately, United usually charges more miles for the same awards that are bookable with other Star Alliance miles. One good use of miles is to make use of United's Excursionist Perk awards. United no longer charges change or cancellation fees on awards cancelled at least 30 days prior to booking.60K to 27.5K (2 to 5 days)

Useful Marriott Airline Transfer Partners

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

Rewards ProgramBest UsesMarriott Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
British Airways AviosWhile flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges. Excellent value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, and Aer Lingus. See also: Complete guide to Avios - British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.60K to 25K (~10 hours)
Delta SkyMilesDelta no longer charges change or cancellation fees on awards originating in North America. Flash award sales can offer great value. See: Best uses for Delta miles.60K to 25K (1 to 2 days)
Emirates SkywardsThe best use of Emirates miles is to fly Emirates itself. See: Emirates Sweet Spot Awards - First class from 30K miles round trip.60K to 25K (~3 days)
Etihad GuestEtihad 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.60K to 25K (3 to 5 days)
Iberia AviosIberia 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 when booking with Iberia rather than British Airways. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, and Aer Lingus.  See also: Complete guide to Avios - British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.60K to 25K (~1 to 2 days)
JetBlueJetBlue 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 of these cards.60K to 12.5K (Unknown)
LATAM PassLATAM Pass points can be useful for flying LATAM member airlines: prices aren't bad for short or nonstop routes. Unfortunately, partner awards are often priced unreasonably high.60K to 25K (~1 day)
Qantas Frequent FlyerBest use is probably for flights on El Al with no fuel surcharges. Also useful for short AA flights. 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)60K to 25K (~2 days)
Qatar Privilege ClubQatar has reasonable award prices for flying Qatar itself, but abysmal prices for flying partners.60K to 25K (3 to 4 days)
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyerUse to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members), Alaska Airlines economy awards, or for Star Alliance awards (including United Airlines).60K to 25K (~1 day)
Southwest Rapid RewardsAward 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.60K to 25K (1 to 2 days)
Turkish Airlines Miles & SmilesMiles & Smiles offers a number of awesome sweet-spot awards including 7.5K one-way anywhere within the US, even to Hawaii. Many awards cannot be booked online but can be booked via email. See: Turkish Miles & Smiles Complete Guide and Turkish business class sweet spots from the US.60K to 25K (~1 day)
Virgin Atlantic Flying ClubVirgin Atlantic offers quite a few sweet spot awards including ANA first class between the US and Japan for as low as 110K points round-trip; and US to Europe on Delta One business class for only 50K points one-way. See: Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight).60K to 25K (1 to 2 days)

Additional Marriott Airline Transfer Partners

Rewards ProgramBest UsesMarriott Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Aegean Miles + Bonus60K to 25K (~1 day)
Aer Lingus AviosAer 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.  See also: Complete guide to Avios - British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.60K to 25K (Unknown)
Aeroflot Bonus60K to 25K (Unknown)
AeroMexico ClubPremierAeroMexico 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. Unfortunately many have reported that awards are extremely difficult to book through AeroMexico so we do not recommend transferring points to this program. If you want to fly AeroMexico, look to transfer points to another SkyTeam partner (such as Air France) and then book AeroMexico with that program.60K to 25K (2 to 4 days)
Air China Phoenix Miles60K to 25K (Unknown)
Air New Zealand Air Points60K to 307 (1 to 2 days)
Alitalia MilleMigliaAlitalia 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.60K to 25K (Unknown)
China Eastern Airlines60K to 25K (Unknown)
China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club60K to 25K (Unknown)
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles60K to 25K (~3 days)
Frontier Miles60K to 25K (Unknown)
Hainan AirlinesI’m not aware of any great uses for Hainan miles60K to 25K (12 hours to 1 day)
Hawaiian MilesHawaiian 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.60K to 25K (1 to 2 days)
Jet Airways Inter MilesJetAirways 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.60K to 25K (~7 days)
Multiplus60K to 25K (Unknown)
Saudia Airlines60K to 25K (~5 days)
South African Airways Voyager60K to 25K (Unknown)
TAP Air Portugal60K to 25K (Unknown)
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid PlusI'm not aware of any good uses for these miles60K to 25K (~4 days)
Vueling Club60K to 25K (Unknown)
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer60K to 25K (Unknown)

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 Indirect Transfer
Hilton120K to 75K via Virgin Atlantic
IHG120K to 50K via Virgin Atlantic
Wyndham60K to 12.5K via Hawaiian (60K to 25K) then Caesar's Total Rewards (2 to 1)

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considering a flight from ORD to SYD. within next 30 days.
is it possible to transfer ULTIMATE REWARDS or STARWOOD points to Air Canada to obtain Business Class flights? if yes, what’s the best way to do this?
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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?

S.G

Excellent work !
Thanks and regards, from Portugal 🙂

Carl

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.

Carl

No problem! What are typical fuel surcharges between Europe and NA?

SDO

Excellent resource… thanks!

Ben O.

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.

Ken

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.

SDO

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

Nick Reyes

Yes.