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The Ultimate Guide To Transferring Flexible Points to Other Accounts [Amex, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Marriott & More]

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Award programs (whether airlines, hotels, or credit cards) are complicated if you’re not in the game. Most programs have tons of rules and restrictions, which can be confusing even for people who look at this stuff every day.

One aspect that can be especially confusing is when and how you can combine and transfer your points. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to combine and transfer flexible points between your own accounts, as well as from your own account to family (e.g., spouse), friends, and authorized users.

How To Transfer Flexible Points From Your Account

There are currently 7 major flexible point programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy.

When you earn points in each of these programs, you can transfer those points to the loyalty program’s partners.

For example, when you earn Amex Membership Rewards points, you can transfer those points directly to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer to book a Singapore Airlines first class flight.

To highlight a more nuanced example, you can earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, transfer those points directly to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, and book an ANA first class flight because Virgin Atlantic and ANA are partners. Make sense?

In this article, we will focus on transferring points to airline and hotel partners. We will also cover the rules for each program, as each major flexible point program treats combining and transferring points from your account differently.

Each program will be broken up into 2 parts: combining points and transferring points.

American Express Membership Rewards

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Transfer your Amex points to Singapore Airlines to fly Singapore Airlines Suites! Image Credit: Alex Miller

American Express Membership Rewards is a popular flexible point program for 2 reasons:

  1. It offers a useful lineup of airline partners to redeem your points with.
  2. Amex regularly offers transfer bonuses to some of its airline partners.

Some of the best ways to receive the most value with your Amex points involve transfers to:

Amex does a nice job offering its customers plenty of opportunities to earn points when spending money on its Membership Rewards cards. What you may not know is that you can also transfer Amex points across accounts!

Amex Transfer Rules

The Membership Rewards program has a few rules that are important to know before transferring or combining your points. As you’ll see in this article, all of the flexible point programs have different rules.

If you are combining Amex points, you can combine points across your accounts. You are not allowed to pool or combine points earned by another person with Membership Rewards points.

For example, if you earn Amex points with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, you can combine your points into 1 account.

If you are transferring Amex points, you can only transfer points to a frequent traveler account in your name. You are not allowed to transfer Membership Rewards points to another person’s frequent traveler account, except for authorized users (personal cards) or employees (business cards) that have been listed on the account for at least 90 days.

For example, you can transfer Amex points to your Etihad account, but you can’t transfer points to your spouse’s Etihad account unless your spouse is an authorized user and has been for at least 90 days.

It’s also worth noting that Amex requires you to transfer a minimum number of points when transferring to the Amex transfer partners, which are outlined in the table below:

Amex Transfer Partners (Airlines)

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Amex Airline PartnerMin TransferTransfer Ratio (Amex > Partner)Transfer Time
Aer Lingus1,0001:1Almost Instant
Aeromexico1,0001:1.62-12 days
Air Canada1,0001:1Almost Instant
ANA1,0001:13 days
Avianca LifeMiles1,0001:1Almost Instant
British Airways1,0001:1Almost Instant
Cathay Pacific1,0001:1Up to 1 Week
Delta Air Lines1,0001:1Almost Instant
Emirates1,0001:1Almost Instant
Etihad Airways1,0001:1Almost Instant
Flying Blue Air France/KLM1,0001:1Almost Instant
Hawaiian1,0001:1Almost Instant
Iberia1,0001:11-3 days
JetBlue2501:0.8Almost Instant
Qantas5001:1Almost Instant
Qatar Airways1,0001:1Almost Instant
Singapore Airlines1,0001:11-2 days
Virgin Atlantic1,0001:11-2 days

Amex Transfer Partners (Hotels)

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Amex Hotel PartnerMin TransferTransfer Ratio (Amex > Partner)Transfer Time
Choice Privileges1,0001:1Almost Instant
Hilton Honors1,0001:2Almost Instant
Marriott Bonvoy1,0001:1Almost Instant

American Express has a nice lineup of both personal and business credit cards that earn Membership Rewards points.

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The Amex Platinum reigns supreme for luxury travel, offering the best airport lounge access plus generous statement credits, and complimentary elite status.

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The Amex Platinum reigns supreme for luxury travel, offering the best airport lounge access plus generous statement credits, and complimentary elite status.
Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on eligible purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
80,000 points
$1,760
$695
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Good to Excellent (670-850)

When it comes to cards that offer top-notch benefits, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better card out there than The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Make no mistake — the Amex Platinum card is a premium card with a premium price tag. With amazing benefits like best-in-class airport lounge access, hotel elite status, and tremendous value in annual statement credits, it can easily prove to be one of the most lucrative cards in your wallet year after year.

Pros
  • The best airport lounge access out of any card (by far) — enjoy access to over 1,400 worldwide lounges, including the luxurious Amex Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass lounges, Plaza Premium Lounges, and many more!
  • 5x points per dollar spent on flights purchased directly with the airline or with AmexTravel.com (up to $500,000 per year)
  • 5x points per dollar spent on prepaid hotels booked with AmexTravel.com
Cons
  • $695 annual fee (rates and fees)
  • Airline credit does not cover airfare (only incidentals like checked bags)
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Hotel Credit: Get up to $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®. The Hotel Collection requires a minimum two-night stay.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back in statement credits each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Disney+, a Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, The New York Times, Peacock, and The Wall Street Journal. Enrollment required.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With complimentary access to more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more airport lounge options than any other credit card issuer on the market. As of 03/2023.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Save on eligible delivery fees, shipping, and more with a Walmart+ membership. Use your Platinum Card® to pay for a monthly Walmart+ membership and get up to $12.95 plus applicable taxes back on one membership (excluding Plus Ups) each month.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Select one qualifying airline and then receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when incidental fees are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card®.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only. Terms Apply.
  • $189 CLEAR® Plus Credit: CLEAR® Plus helps to get you to your gate faster at 50+ airports nationwide and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your Membership (subject to auto-renewal) when you use your Card. CLEARLanes are available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues.
  • Receive either a $100 statement credit every 4 years for a Global Entry application fee or a statement credit up to $85 every 4.5 year period for TSA PreCheck® application fee for a 5-year plan only (through a TSA PreCheck® official enrollment provider), when charged to your Platinum Card®. Card Members approved for Global Entry will also receive access to TSA PreCheck at no additional cost.
  • Shop Saks with Platinum: Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases in Saks Fifth Avenue stores or at saks.com on your Platinum Card®. That's up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
  • Unlock access to exclusive reservations and special dining experiences with Global Dining Access by Resy when you add your Platinum Card® to your Resy profile.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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  • APR: See Pay Over Time APR
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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American Express Membership Rewards

BEST FOR DINING
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This is the best card for food lovers who dine out at restaurants (worldwide), order take-out and want big rewards at U.S. supermarkets!

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This is the best card for food lovers who dine out at restaurants (worldwide), order take-out and want big rewards at U.S. supermarkets!
Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.
60,000 points
$1,320
$250
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Good to Excellent (670-850)

The American Express® Gold Card is a game-changer.

With this card, you can earn 4x Membership Rewards points at restaurants and you’ll also earn 4x Membership Rewards points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1x.

There isn’t another card on the market that offers a 1-2 punch like this. Of course, there are several other benefits of the Gold Card as well, including extra monthly dining rewards and more.

Pros
  • 4x points per dollar at restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
  • 4x points per dollar at U.S. supermarkets, up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases; and 1x thereafter
  • 3x points per dollar on flights purchased directly from airlines or at AmexTravel.com
Cons
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Get a $100 experience credit with a minimum two-night stay when you book The Hotel Collection through American Express Travel. Experience credit varies by property.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
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  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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American Express Membership Rewards

If you’re a business owner, several Amex business cards will earn Membership Rewards points.

Hot Tip: To keep your points, you need to make sure at least 1 Membership Rewards account is open and in good standing. If you cancel or if your primary Membership Rewards account is canceled, you will lose your Amex points; they can’t be reinstated. 

Bilt Rewards

AA Flagship Business GIG-MIA
AA Flagship Business can be booked using Bilt points transferred to American Airlines. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Bilt Rewards has one of the most unique transfer partner lists out there; it has not 1, but 2 U.S. frequent flyer programs (United MileagePlus and American Airlines AAdvantage), plus the most valuable hotel points out there (World of Hyatt).

Some of the most attractive ways to use Bilt Rewards points:

However, there aren’t as many ways to earn Bilt points through credit cards as there are with Amex or Capital One.

Bilt Transfer Rules

Bilt points transfers are required to be done in 2,000-point increments with a minimum of 2,000 points per transfer.

At the moment, Bilt does not allow you to combine points with different accounts, so your Bilt points can only be transferred to loyalty program accounts that are in your name.

Bilt Transfer Partners (Airlines and Hotels)

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Bilt Transfer PartnerMinimum Point TransferTransfer RatioTransfer Time
Aer Lingus AerClub2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Air Canada Aeroplan2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Air France-KLM Flying Blue2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan2,0001:1Almost Instantly
American Airlines AAdvantage (ends June 2024)2,0001:1Up to 24 hours
Avianca Lifemiles2,0001:1Almost Instantly
British Airways Executive Club2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Emirates Skywards2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Iberia Plus2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles2,0001:1Almost Instantly
United MileagePlus2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club2,0001:1Almost Instantly
IHG One Rewards2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Marriott Bonvoy2,000; 5,000 bonus points when transferring 20,000 points1:1Within 48 hours
World of Hyatt2,0001:1Almost Instantly
Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit CardTerms Apply / Rates & Fees
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$0

Never before has there been a credit card built specifically with renters in mind. Enter the Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card, designed specifically to help renters earn rewards on their rent payments with no transaction fees.

Of course, aside from rewards on rent, there are many other solid features that the card offers that add extra value to cardholders. In this guide, we provide a complete breakdown of everything the Bilt card has to offer to help you decide whether the card makes sense for you.

Pros
  • 3x points per $1 at restaurants
  • 2x points per $1 on travel booked directly with airlines, hotels, and car rental agencies
  • 1x point per $1 on rent payments, without a transaction fee, up to 100,000 points each calendar year
Cons
  • Does not offer a welcome bonus
  • Must use the card 5 times each statement period to earn points
  • $0 annual card fee
  • 1X points on rent payments with no transaction fee (up to $100,000 in rent payments every calendar year) and on other purchases
  • 2X points on travel (when booked directly with an airline, hotel, car rental or cruise company)
  • 3X points on dining
  • Use the card 5 times each statement period to earn points
  • Select Learn More to learn more about the product features, terms, and conditions
Financial Snapshot
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: $0

Hot Tip: There are separate rules for pooling points and miles from hotel and airline accounts.

Brex Rewards

Swiss Air business class middle seats
Swiss Air business class is bookable using Brex Rewards points. Image Credit: Swiss Air

Brex Rewards has several useful transfer partners, especially if your appetite is luxury award travel. All of its transfer partners maintain a 1.67:1 ratio, and most transfers are instant (though some take up to 1 business day).

You can use Brex points in a handful of great ways:

Hot Tip: Brex points used to transfer to partners at a 1:1 ratio, but that changed in March 2023. Now you’ll need to transfer 1,670 Brex points to get 1,000 airline miles.

Brex Transfer Rules

Currently, you must transfer at least 1,000 points in a single transaction; but the good news with Brex transfers is that there are no minimum transfer increments — you can transfer exact numbers of points, like 19,248 instead of 19,000 points.

You can’t transfer Brex points to other Brex accounts; however, you can transfer points to frequent flyer programs under your employees’ names, in addition to programs under your own name.

Brex Transfer Partners (Airlines)

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Brex Airline Transfer PartnerMinimum Points Transfer Transfer Ratio (Brex > Partner)Transfer Time
AeroMexico1,6701,670:1,000Up to 1 business day
Avianca LifeMiles1,6701,670:1,000Up to 1 business day
Cathay Pacific1,6701,670:1,000Up to 1 business day
Emirates1,6701,670:1,000Up to 1 business day
Flying Blue Air France-KLM1,6701,670:1,000Up to 1 business day
Qantas1,6701,670:1,000Up to 1 business day
Singapore Airlines1,6701,670:1,000Up to 1 business day

Brex offers a variety of corporate charge card products that enable you to earn Brex Rewards points.

Capital One Miles

Lufthansa First Class
You can use your Capital One Miles to fly Lufthansa first class. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

While the Capital One Miles program is not nearly as popular as many of the other programs on this list, it can still provide exceptional value to those who use Capital One cards.

Capital One offers plenty of excellent ways to get top value out of its miles, including transfers to:

Capital One Transfer Rules

Luckily for Capital One cardholders, Capital One does not provide any limits to who you can or cannot transfer miles to. So whether it’s members of your household or friends and family that live elsewhere, you can all still pool your Capital One Miles together. Better yet, there are no caps on the number of miles you can transfer either.

To transfer your Capital One miles to someone else’s Capital One credit card account, just call the number on the back of your card to make this happen.

Similarly, if you have multiple Capital One credit cards that earn Capital One miles, like the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and Capital One Spark Miles for Business, you can transfer the miles earned from either card to the other to pool together enough points for a redemption.

When you’re ready to redeem, Capital One has a great list of transfer partners, most of which you can transfer your Capital One miles to at a 2:1, 2:1.5, or 1:1 rate.

Capital One Transfer Partners

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Cap One Transfer PartnerMin TransferTransfer Ratio (Cap One > Airline)Transfer Time
ALL – Accor Live Limitless1,0002:1Up to 36 hours
Aeromexico Club Premier1,0001:1Almost Instant
Air Canada Aeroplan1,0001:1Almost Instant
Avianca LifeMiles1,0001:1Almost Instant
British Airways Avios1,0001:1Almost Instant
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1,0001:1Up to 36 hours
Choice Privileges1,0001:1Up to 24 hours
Emirates Skywards1,0001:1Almost Instant
Etihad Guest1,0001:1Up to 36 hours
EVA Infinity MileageLands1,0002:1.5Up to 36 hours
Finnair Plus1,0001:1Almost Instant
Flying Blue AIR FRANCE KLM1,0001:1Almost Instant
Qantas Frequent Flyer1,0001:1Up to 36 hours
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1,0001:1Up to 36 hours
TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go1,0001:1Almost Instant
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles1,0001:1Up to 24 hours
Virgin Red1,0001:1Unknown
Wyndham Rewards1,0001:1Almost Instant

Fortunately, Capital One offers plenty of great credit cards to help you rack up Capital One miles.

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Get 2x miles plus some of the most flexible redemptions offered by a travel credit card!

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Get 2x miles plus some of the most flexible redemptions offered by a travel credit card!
Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
75,000 miles
$1,350
$95
19.99% - 29.99% (Variable)
Upgraded Points credit ranges are a variation of FICO®Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit cardapplication.
Good to Excellent Credit (670-850)

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is one of the most popular rewards cards on the market. It’s perfect for anyone in search of a great welcome offer, high rewards rates, and flexible redemption options.

Frequent travelers with excellent credit may benefit from this credit card that offers a lot of bells and whistles. And it offers easy-to-understand rewards earning and redemption.

Pros
  • 5x miles per $1 on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
  • 2x miles per $1 on all other purchases
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit
Cons
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your miles to get reimbursed for any travel purchase—or redeem by booking a trip through Capital One Travel
  • Enrich every hotel stay from the Lifestyle Collection with a suite of cardholder benefits, like a $50 experience credit, room upgrades, and more
  • Transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
Financial Snapshot
  • APR: 19.99% - 29.99% (Variable)
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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Capital One Miles

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The Capital One Venture X card is an excellent option for travelers looking for an all-in-one premium credit card.

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The Capital One Venture X card is an excellent option for travelers looking for an all-in-one premium credit card.
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
75,000 miles
$1,350
$395
19.99% - 29.99% (Variable)
Upgraded Points credit ranges are a variation of FICO®Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit cardapplication.
Excellent (740-840)

The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is the premium Capital One travel rewards card on the block.

Points and miles fans will be surprised to see that the Capital One Venture X card packs quite the punch when it comes to bookings made through Capital One, all while offering the lowest annual fee among premium credit cards.

Depending on your travel goals and preferences, the Capital One Venture X card could very well end up being your go-to card in your wallet.

 

Pros
  • 10x miles per $1 on hotels and rental cars purchased through Capital One Travel
  • 5x miles per $1 on flights purchased through Capital One Travel
  • 2x miles per $1 on all other purchases
Cons
  • $395 annual fee (rates & fees)
  • Does not offer bonus categories for flights or hotel purchases made directly with the airline or hotel group, the preferred booking method for those looking to earn elite status
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive a $300 annual credit for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Elevate every hotel stay from the Premier or Lifestyle Collections with a suite of cardholder benefits, like an experience credit, room upgrades, and more
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
Financial Snapshot
  • APR: 19.99% - 29.99% (Variable)
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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Capital One Miles

 

If you’re a business owner, consider our guide to the best Capital One business credit cards for miles and cash-back.

Bottom Line: Capital One isn’t nearly as restrictive as many of the other credit issuers when it comes to transferring your miles between other Capital One credit cardholders. 

Chase Ultimate Rewards

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 Upper Class Cabin from Front
Transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic to fly in the Upper Class cabin. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Chase Ultimate Rewards is another popular flexible point program with a respectable lineup of travel partners that can be leveraged for value.

Chase offers several great ways to maximize its points, including transfers to:

Chase continues to innovate and offer customers an array of personal and business credit cards. Whatever your spending habits are, the best Chase credit cards allow you to earn points that can access many high-value redemptions.

Chase Transfer Rules

Before you move your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, the program has a few rules that are important to cover.

If you are combining Chase points, you can combine points with another Chase Ultimate Rewards account that belongs to you, your spouse/domestic partner, or a joint business owner.

If you are transferring Chase points to a frequent traveler account, you can only transfer points to an account that belongs to you or your spouse/domestic partner, provided the spouse or domestic partner is an authorized user living at the same address.

Hot Tip: Chase Ultimate Rewards cardholders can only make transfers to 1 authorized user on their account.

For example, you can transfer your Chase points to your spouse’s Ultimate Rewards account if your spouse is an authorized user on your account and you both live at the same address.

If you are transferring Chase points from a business account to a frequent traveler account, you can transfer points to frequent traveler accounts of business owners of the company who are also authorized users on the Ultimate Rewards business card.

For example, you can transfer your Chase points to your business partner’s United Airlines account if your business partner is an authorized user on your Ultimate Rewards business account.

Chase has the same minimum point transfer amounts for all of its Chase transfer partners, which are shown in the tables below:

Chase Transfer Partners (Airline)

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Chase Airline PartnerMin TransferTransfer Ratio (Chase > Airline)Transfer Time
Aer Lingus AerClub1,0001:1Almost Instant
Air Canada Aeroplan1,0001:1Almost Instant
Air France-KLM Flying Blue1,0001:11 hour
British Airways Executive Club1,0001:1Almost Instant
Emirates Skywards1,0001:1Almost Instant
Iberia Plus1,0001:1Almost Instant
JetBlue1,0001:1Almost Instant
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1,0001:11-2 days
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards1,0001:1Almost Instant
United Airlines MileagePlus1,0001:1Almost Instant
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1,0001:1Almost Instant

Chase Transfer Partners (Hotel)

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Chase Hotel PartnerMin TransferTransfer Ratio (Chase > Hotel)Transfer Time
IHG One Rewards1,0001:11 day
Marriott Bonvoy1,0001:12 days
World of Hyatt1,0001:1Almost Instant

Chase makes it easy to earn plenty of Ultimate Rewards points from its array of personal and business credit cards.

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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A fantastic travel card with a huge welcome offer, good benefits, and perks for a moderate annual fee.

A fantastic travel card with a huge welcome offer, good benefits, and perks for a moderate annual fee.
Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's worth over $900 when redeemed through Chase Travel℠.
75,000 points
$1,500
$95
21.49%-28.49% Variable
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Good to Excellent (670-850)

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card is one of the best travel rewards cards on the market. Its bonus categories include travel, dining, online grocery purchases, and streaming services, which gives you the opportunity to earn lots of bonus points on these purchases.

Additionally, it offers flexible point redemption options, no foreign transaction fees, and excellent travel insurance coverage including primary car rental insurance. With benefits like these, it’s easy to see why this card is an excellent choice for any traveler.

Pros
  • 5x points on all travel booked via the Chase Travel portal
  • 5x points on select Peloton purchases over $150 (through March 31, 2025)
  • 5x points on Lyft purchases (through March 31, 2025)
Cons
  • $95 annual fee
  • No elite benefits like airport lounge access or hotel elite status
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s over $900 when you redeem through Chase TravelSM.
  • Enjoy benefits such as 5x on travel purchased through Chase TravelSM, 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries, 2x on all other travel purchases, 1x on all other purchases, $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase TravelSM. For example, 75,000 points are worth $937.50 toward travel.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024.
  • Member FDIC
Financial Snapshot
  • APR: 21.49%-28.49% Variable
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase Sapphire Reserve®
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A top player in the high-end premium travel credit card space that earns 3x points on travel and dining while offering top luxury perks.

A top player in the high-end premium travel credit card space that earns 3x points on travel and dining while offering top luxury perks.
Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's worth $1,125 when redeemed through Chase Travel℠.
75,000 points
$1,500
$550
22.49%-29.49% Variable
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Excellent (740-850)

If you’re looking for an all-around excellent travel rewards card, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® is one of the best options out there.

The card combines elite travel benefits and perks like airport lounge access, with excellent point earning and redemption options.  Plus it offers top-notch travel insurance protections to keep you covered whether you’re at home or on the road.

Don’t forget the $300 annual travel credit which really helps to reduce the annual fee!

Pros
  • 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase TravelSM immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually
  • 10x points on Lyft purchases March 31, 2025
  • 10x points on Peloton equipment and accessory purchases over $250 through March 31, 2025
Cons
  • $550 annual fee
  • Does not offer any sort of hotel elite status
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $1,125 toward travel when you redeem through Chase TravelSM.
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase TravelSM immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase TravelSM. For example, 75,000 points are worth $1125 toward travel.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority PassTM Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Member FDIC
Financial Snapshot
  • APR: 22.49%-29.49% Variable
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: $0
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Chase Ultimate Rewards

Business owner? See our list of the best Chase business credit cards.

Bottom Line: Chase is less restrictive than Amex when combining points across Ultimate Rewards accounts, but still makes it challenging to transfer Chase points to another person’s frequent flyer account. 

Citi ThankYou Rewards

Korean Air business class suites
Flying Korean Air business class is easy with Citi ThankYou Points. Image Credit: Korean Air

Citi’s flexible point program, ThankYou Rewards, does not receive as much attention as Amex and Chase. But that doesn’t mean the program can’t provide you and your family serious value!

A few of the best ways to use ThankYou Points include transfers to:

  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles to fly American Airlines
  • Air France-KLM Flying Blue to fly Korean Air first class
  • Avianca LifeMiles to fly Lufthansa

Citi Transfer Rules

When you decide to transfer your ThankYou Points, there are a few important rules to keep in mind.

If you are combining your ThankYou Points, Citi offers the most generous policy of the flexible point programs. The ThankYou program allows you to combine your points with any other Citi ThankYou member.

After the points are transferred, the new points holder will have 90 days before the points expire. You can share and receive up to 100,000 ThankYou Points in a calendar year.

For example, let’s say you and a friend want to take a trip together. You can transfer your points directly to your friend’s ThankYou Rewards account, who can then use those points to book a flight.

The ThankYou program does not allow you to transfer ThankYou Points to another person’s frequent airline traveler account.

Citi, like Chase, has the same minimum point transfer amounts for all of its transfer partners, which are shown in the table below:

Citi Transfer Partners

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Citi Transfer PartnerMin TransferTransfer Ratio (Citi > Partner)Transfer Time
Aeromexico Club Premier1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Air France / KLM Flying Blue1,0001:1Almost Instantly
ALL – Accor Live Limitless1,0002:1Almost Instantly
Avianca Airlines Lifemiles1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Cathay Pacific1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Choice Privileges1,0001:2Almost Instantly
Emirates Skywards1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Etihad Airways1,0001:1Almost Instantly
EVA Air1,0001:12 Days
JetBlue Airways1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Qantas Airways1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Qatar Airways1,0001:12 Days
Singapore Airlines1,0001:12 Days
Thai Airways1,0001:14 Days
Turkish Airlines1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Virgin Atlantic1,0001:1Almost Instantly
Wyndham Rewards1,0001:1Within 24 Hours
 

While Citi doesn’t have as deep of a bench of credit cards as Amex and Chase, it does regularly offer high sign-up bonuses on its ThankYou Rewards-earning credit cards.

Recommended Citi Cards (Personal)

Citi Premier® Card
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*The information regarding the Citi Premier card has expired and the card is no longer open to applicants.

*The information regarding the Citi Premier card has expired and the card is no longer open to applicants.
Earn 60,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, for a limited time, earn a total of 10 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on hotel, car rentals, and attractions (excluding air travel) booked on the Citi Travel℠ portal through June 30, 2024.
60,000 points
$960
$95
21.24% - 29.24% Variable
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Good to Excellent (670-850)

The Citi Premier® Card is an excellent option for anyone looking for an all-around travel rewards credit card. The card helps you earn points fast with great 3x bonus categories such as restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, airfare, and hotels. Plus, it offers access to airline and hotel transfer partners, doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, and has a reasonable annual fee!

Pros
  • 3x points at restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, airfare, and hotel purchases
  • Access to Citi transfer partners
  • Annual hotel credit
Cons
    • $95 annual fee
  • Earn 60,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, for a limited time, earn a total of 10 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on hotel, car rentals, and attractions (excluding air travel) booked on the Citi Travel℠ portal through June 30, 2024.
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Other Hotels
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 60,000 ThankYou® Points are redeemable for $600 in gift cards redeemable for $600 in gift cards or travel rewards at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Financial Snapshot
  • APR: 21.24% - 29.24% Variable
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None
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Citi ThankYou Rewards

For business owners interested in cash-back and rewards, check out our guide to the best Citi business credit cards.

Bottom Line: The Citi ThankYou Rewards program is ideal if you are looking to transfer points to anyone, including your spouse, a family member, or a friend. For more information, check out our FAQs about Citi ThankYou Points.

Marriott Bonvoy

Japan Airlines Boeing 777 300ER First Class JAL Suite 2A
Fly JAL first class to Japan using Marriott Bonvoy points. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

Marriott Bonvoy has the most expansive list of airline transfer partners with nearly 40.

This is great news when you also consider the fact that Marriott offers a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points you transfer to many airline partners (excluding American, Avianca, Delta, and Korean Air).

Some of the best ways to use Marriott Bonvoy points include transfers to:

Make sure you maximize your earnings, as Marriott Bonvoy offers several ways to earn points from its credit cards to stays at its portfolio of hotels across the world.

Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Rules

When you decide to move your Marriott Bonvoy points, the rules are straightforward.

If you are combining Marriott Bonvoy points between accounts, you can transfer up to 100,000 points in a calendar year to another Marriott member whose account has been open for at least 60 days. This is valid whether you are sending or receiving the points.

Separately, a new Marriott member may receive points after 30 days if the member has had qualifying activity on his or her account. The catch with transferring points is that you must contact Member Support to initiate the transfer.

For example, let’s say you and your spouse want to book flights for a trip, but your spouse doesn’t have enough points. You can combine the points in your account with the points in your spouse’s account. From there, you can transfer the points to the program of your choice to book your flights.

You are not allowed to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to a frequent flyer account that is not your own. Instead, transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points to another Marriott Bonvoy member’s account; then that member can book a flight with the points in their account.

Marriott Bonvoy sets a minimum of 3,000 and a maximum of 240,000 points that can be transferred per day.

There are currently several Marriott Bonvoy personal and business credit cards, typically with generous sign-up bonuses too.

Hot Tip: Did you know you can also transfer World of Hyatt points to airline partners? Most transfers are at a 5:2 ratio and transfers can take 6 to 8 weeks, so it’s not a great way to use your points.

Final Thoughts

With the constant shuffling of airline partners, award redemption rates, and credit card restrictions, a valuable strategy is to earn points in a flexible points program instead of a specific airline frequent flyer program. That way when 1 partner leaves or the inevitable award chart devaluation occurs, you will have hedged your bets by not being stuck holding only 1 currency.

Whether you are earning points by yourself, with a spouse/significant other, or you have the entire family involved, it’s important to know how to move your points around to help with booking your next redemption.

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The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

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For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® card, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I combine my Amex points with another person who has Amex points?

You can combine points across your Membership Rewards accounts, but you are not allowed to pool or combine Membership Rewards points earned by another person.

Can I transfer my Amex points to another person's frequent traveler account?

You can only transfer points to a frequent traveler account in your name or a frequent traveler account in an authorized user’s or employee’s name (as long as they’ve been on your account for at least 90 days).

Can I combine my Chase points with another person who has Chase points?

You can combine points with another Chase Ultimate Rewards account that belongs to you, your spouse or domestic partner, or your joint business owner.

Can I transfer my Chase points to another person's frequent traveler account?

You can only transfer points to an account that belongs to you or your spouse/domestic partner, provided the spouse or domestic partner is an authorized user on the Ultimate Rewards account living at the same address. You can only make transfers to 1 authorized user on your account.

If you are transferring Chase points from a business account to a frequent traveler account, you can transfer points to frequent traveler accounts of business owners of the company who are also authorized users on the business card account.

Can I combine my ThankYou Points with another person who has ThankYou Points?

You can combine your points with any other Citi ThankYou member. After the points are transferred, the new points holder will have 90 days before the points expire. You can share and receive up to 100,000 ThankYou Points in a calendar year.

Can I transfer my ThankYou Points to another person's frequent traveler account?

You are not allowed to transfer your Citi ThankYou Rewards points to a frequent traveler account that is not in your name.

Can I combine my Marriott Bonvoy points with another person who has Marriott Bonvoy points?

You can transfer up to 100,000 points in a calendar year to another Marriott Bonvoy member whose account has been open at least 60 days. This is valid whether you are sending or receiving the points.

Separately, a new member may receive points after 30 days if the member has had qualifying activity in their account.

You must contact Member Support to transfer your points.

Can I transfer my Marriott Bonvoy points to another person's frequent traveler account?

You can are not allowed to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to a frequent traveler account that is not in your name. Instead, transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points to the other Marriott Bonvoy member’s account who can then transfer those points to their frequent traveler account.

Can I combine my Capital One miles with another person?

Yes, Capital One allows you to transfer points to any other person who holds a Capital One miles-earning card, with no limits on the number of points you can transfer.

Can I transfer my Capital One miles to another person's frequent traveler account?

Yes, Capital One does not place any limits on who you can transfer your Capital One miles to.

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About Michael McHugh

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn’t travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since.

Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend’s phone about a mistake fare.  That’s where the love affair with points and miles began.

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