The most promiscuous airline programs

18

a man kissing a fish in the water

My favorite points programs, by far, are transferable points programs. These are programs where points can be transferred to airline and hotel programs. This makes it possible to cherry-pick the best opportunities. If you earn points in only one loyalty program then you may find that flight awards or hotel awards are not available when and where you need them. With transferable points programs, though, your opportunities are far greater.

I’m also a fan of promiscuous transfer partners. These are the loyalty programs that make their points available to multiple transferable points programs. For example, Air France Flying Blue miles are transferable from all six of the transferable points programs that we track: Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Capital One, Brex, Bilt, and Marriott Bonvoy.  The value to this should be obvious: if you need more points to book an award, you can get those points from any one of the supporting transferable points programs. So, if you opportunistically earn transferable points when it is easiest to do so (via big signup bonuses, special promotions, etc.), you will likely find that you can scrape together points needed for an award by pooling points from multiple transferable points programs into a single promiscuous partner.

Promiscuous transfer partners, ranked by number of partners

Let’s look at the programs that are most widely available through the major transferable points programs.

7 Partnerships (The Most Promiscuous Programs)

Shown below are all airline programs that are direct transfer partners with seven transferable points programs (Note: For a complete list transferable points programs, please see our Transfer Partner Master List):

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioChase Transfer RatioCiti Transfer RatioMarriott Transfer RatioCapital One Transfer RatioBrex Transfer RatioBilt
Air France KLM Flying Blue1 to 11 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11,670 to 1K1 to 1
Emirates Skywards1 to 11 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11,670 to 1K1 to 1

6 Partnerships

Shown below are all airline programs that are direct transfer partners with six transferable points programs (Note: For a complete list transferable points programs, please see our Transfer Partner Master List):

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioChase Transfer RatioCiti Transfer RatioMarriott Transfer RatioCapital One Transfer RatioBrex Transfer RatioBilt
Aer Lingus Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar, BA60K to 25K1 to 1 via BA1 to 1
Avianca LifeMiles1 to 11 to 13K to 1K1 to 11,670 to 1K1 to 1
British Airways Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar60K to 25K1 to 11 to 1
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11,670 to 1K1 to 1
Iberia Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar, BA60K to 25K1 to 1 via BA1 to 1
Qatar Privilege Club Avios1 to 11 to 1 via BA1 to 160K to 25K1 to 1 via BA1 to 1 via BA
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1 to 11 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11,670 to 1K
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1 to 11 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1

5 Partnerships

Shown below are all airline programs that are direct transfer partners with five transferable points programs:

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioChase Transfer RatioCiti Transfer RatioMarriott Transfer RatioCapital One Transfer RatioBrex Transfer RatioBilt
AeroMexico ClubPremier1 to 1.61 to 160K to 25K1 to 11,670 to 1K
Air Canada Aeroplan1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1
Qantas Frequent Flyer1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11,670 to 1K

4 Partnerships

Shown below are all airline programs that are direct transfer partners with four transferable points programs:

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioChase Transfer RatioCiti Transfer RatioMarriott Transfer RatioCapital One Transfer RatioBrex Transfer RatioBilt
Etihad Guest1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 1
JetBlue250 to 200 plus excise tax1 to 11 to 160K to 12.5K
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles1 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1

3 Partnerships

Shown below are all airline programs that are direct transfer partners with three transferable points programs:

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioChase Transfer RatioCiti Transfer RatioMarriott Transfer RatioCapital One Transfer RatioBrex Transfer RatioBilt
Hawaiian Miles1 to 1 plus excise tax60K to 25K1 to 1
United MileagePlus1 to 160K to 30K1 to 1

2 Partnerships

Shown below are all airline programs that are direct transfer partners with two transferable points programs:

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer RatioChase Transfer RatioCiti Transfer RatioMarriott Transfer RatioCapital One Transfer RatioBrex Transfer RatioBilt
American AAdvantage3K to 1K1 to 1
ANA Mileage Club1 to 160K to 25K
Delta SkyMiles1 to 1 plus excise tax3K to 1K
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1 to 11000 to 750
Jet Airways Inter Miles1 to 160K to 25K
Southwest Rapid Rewards1 to 160K to 25K
TAP Air Portugal60K to 25K1 to 1
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus1 to 160K to 25K

Wrap Up

The tables above show the most “promiscuous” programs. These are the programs that are supported by multiple transferable points programs. Of course, just because you can transfer points to a particular program does not mean that it’s a good idea. Every airline  program has its own award rates and rules. And, the best program to use for booking an award is often not the airline you want to fly. Thanks to partnerships and alliances, many flights can be booked from many different programs. And, these programs differ both in how they price awards and in the taxes and fees charged.

To see a complete list transferable points programs, please see our Transfer Partner Master List page.

Want to learn more about miles and points? Subscribe to email updates or check out our podcast on your favorite podcast platform.
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

18 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments