The most promiscuous airline programs

18

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 to 11 to 1
Emirates Skywards1 to 11 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 11 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
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 11 to 1
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1 to 11 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1
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
Aer Lingus Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar, BA60K to 25K1 to 1 via BA
AeroMexico ClubPremier1 to 1.61 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1
Air Canada Aeroplan1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1
Avianca LifeMiles1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1
British Airways Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar60K to 25K1 to 1
Iberia Avios1 to 11 to 11 to 1 via Qatar, BA60K to 25K1 to 1 via BA
Qantas Frequent Flyer1 to 11 to 160K to 25K1 to 11 to 1
Qatar Privilege Club Avios1 to 1 via BA1 to 1 via BA1 to 160K to 25K1 to 1 via BA

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 27.5K1 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 AAdvantage60K to 25K1 to 1
ANA Mileage Club1 to 160K to 25K
Delta SkyMiles1 to 1 plus excise tax60K to 25K
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.

0 0 votes
Post Rating

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

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

18 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
WR2

Oh Singapore, you’re a dirty, dirty airline.

I guess no surprise that the more promiscuous the airline program, the less likely there will be industry leading sweet spots.

Anthony

Can you do a list of all the indirect partnerships like how you can transfer Chase points to Hyatt then to Latam? Are there anyother weird oddities like that?

Ron

Greg,
While promiscuity is an attractive idea, in the days of COVID I think this is a less alluring feature. I do not want to transfer points to an esoteric program, have the flight cancelled, and be “stuck” with points that are hard to use and may expire. I much prefer the “girl next door” concept. For someone in the US AA, DL, and UA miles are the clear front-runners. If flights are cancelled or moved I can easily get miles back, get refunds on cash co-pays, and know I can still use the miles later with confidence. I’m focusing on AAdvantage miles (JAL first class later this year!), but maybe Skymiles aren’t worthless?!

[…] on that route (See: Emirates slashes award fees: now worth a second look). Given that Emirates is one of the most promiscuous airline programs, you can transfer points to Emirates from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi […]

[…] great feature of Emirates Skywards is how easy it is to transfer miles into the program. It’s one of the five most promiscuous airline programs as you can transfer in from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, […]

Sean

I’m not actually seeing Air France on amex transfer partners page. Has it been removed temporarily?

Nick Reyes

Maybe you scrolled past it? It’s there. I just logged in to check.

SamBam

Round round, git around, I get around….I get around….

Brutus

Which of these promiscuous partners would be best for economy class domestic flights?

Jared Smith

Depending on where you live, avios and lifemiles can be good. Especially when transfer bonuses are available. And now turkish airlines with nicks find.

Jim Lovejoy

It also depends on how far you want to fly. Avios are good for Direct flights
under 1150 miles, and Virgin Atlantic, if it survives, for longer flights on Delta. Singapore is good for direct flights on Alaska, especially direct flights between region 1 and region 2 (mountain states to west coast).
So, where do you want to go?

Pepe

Clearly, we need to find a way to get Bonvoyed points on the cheap.

PeterSFO

With how bad United is messing with their new (lack of) award charts, is it time for Chase to go out there and find a few new partners? If Virgin Atlantic does go under, Hyatt will be the only worthwhile transfer partner left.

Not sure if there’s any partners left that’s really worthwhile that hasn’t been snatched up. Korean Air already walked away from them once, maybe EVA or Asiana?

MilesMaximizer

Asiana already has a co-branded CC with Bofa, I don’t think that is happening. EVA might be possible but like you said Chase could not be bothered with adding new partners to UR program.
JAL would be a good get for UR but that is wishful thinking.

Shawn

Asiana is being taken over by Korean Air due to debt & drop in demand due to COVID. Last I read they’re hammering out the details of the merger but they’ll likely continue to fly under their separate names but run by the same company behind the scenes.