Marriott has a large presence around the globe, with more than 7,300 properties across the world.
Its robust loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy, allows guests to earn points for qualifying activities such as staying in a Marriott hotel or spending money on a Marriott co-branded credit card.
While you can get — as you’d expect — great value for your Marriott Bonvoy points by redeeming them at hotels, you can also use redeem them for some pretty spectacular flight experiences.
Today, we’re going to focus on using Marriott Bonvoy points for flights — let’s dive into all the best options!
How To Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points
You have tons of ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points thanks to many co-branded credit card options — here’s a look at the options.
Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards
To earn Marriott Bonvoy points directly on everyday purchases, you can use any of the cards below:
Annual Free Night Certificate
If you hold these cards (excluding the Marriott Bold card), you’ll earn an annual free night certificate on your account anniversary that can be used at properties costing up to 50,000 points per night.
This is a solid perk that can make these cards keepers in your wallet for a long time.
Chase Ultimate Rewards
You can also earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points through one of several credit card options and then transfer these Chase points to Marriott Bonvoy at a 1:1 ratio.
Thanks to the numerous bonus categories featured on Chase cards, you can earn points very quickly.
Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)
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Hot Tip: For more ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points, read our full guide on the best tactics to build up your stash of points.
Transferring Marriott Bonvoy Points to Airline Partners
Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Partners
|Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Partner||Minimum Points Transfer||Transfer Ratio (Marriott Bonvoy > Partner)||Bonus Airline Miles|
for Every 60K Marriott Bonvoy Points Transferred
|Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus||3,000||3:1||5,000||3 days|
|Aer Lingus Aeroclub||3,000||3:1||5,000||unknown|
|Aeroflot Bonus||3,000||3:1||5,000||20 days|
|AeroMexico Club Premier||3,000||3:1||5,000||4 days|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||3,000||3:1||5,000||5 days|
|Air France/KLM Flying Blue||3,000||3:1||5,000||3 day|
|Air New Zealand Airpoints||3,000||200:1||25||1 day|
|Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan||3,000||3:1||5,000||4 days|
|Alitalia MilleMiglia||3,000||3:1||5,000||7 days|
|American Airlines AAdvantage||3,000||3:1||5,000||2 days|
|ANA Mileage Club||3,000||3:1||5,000||4 days|
|Asiana Airlines Asiana Club||3,000||3:1||5,000||4 days|
|Avianca Airlines LifeMiles||3,000||3:1||5,000||1 day|
|British Airways Executive Club||3,000||3:1||5,000||3 days|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||3,000||3:1||5,000||5 days|
|Copa Airlines ConnectMiles||3,000||3:1||5,000||3 days|
|Delta Air Lines SkyMiles||3,000||3:1||5,000||1 day|
|Emirates Skywards||3,000||3:1||5,000||3 days|
|Etihad Guest||3,000||3:1||5,000||3 days|
|Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club||3,000||3:1||5,000||8 days|
|Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles||3,000||3:1||5,000||1 day|
|Iberia Plus||3,000||3:1||5,000||1 day|
|Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank||3,000||3:1||5,000||2 days|
|Korean Air SKYPASS||3,000||3:1||5,000||2 days|
|LATAM Pass||3,000||3:1||5,000||2 days|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||3,000||3:1||5,000||2 days|
|Qatar Airways Privilege Club||3,000||3:1||5,000||3 days|
|Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan||3,000||3:1||5,000||unknown|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||3,000||3:1||5,000||2 days|
|Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards||3,000||3:1||5,000||1 day|
|TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go||3,000||3:1||5,000||unknown|
|Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus||3,000||3:1||5,000||4 days|
|Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles||3,000||3:1||5,000||unknown|
|United MileagePlus||3,000||3:1.1||5,500||3 days|
|Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer||3,000||3:1||5,000||2 days|
|Virgin Australia Velocity||3,000||3:1||5,000||1 day|
Keep in mind that for all of these partners, you’ll receive a bonus of 5,000 airline miles for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you transfer to that airline. Most of the partners transfer at a 3:1 ratio, but not all. In most instances, you’ll receive 25,000 airline miles in exchange for 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
Points transfer between Marriott Bonvoy and United MileagePlus at a 3:1.1 ratio, which is slightly better. If you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to United, you’ll yield a total of 27,500 United miles.
You can transfer up to 240,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in a day — doing so would leave you with 100,000 airline miles with all partners except United, where you’d have 110,000 MileagePlus miles.
Hot Tip: Transferring your points to an airline partner is a great way to “empty out” your account if you don’t have many to work with. Explore other great ways to use 10,000 or fewer Marriott Bonvoy points.
The 41 Best Ways To Redeem Your Marriott Bonvoy Points for Flights
1. Fly Cathay Pacific Premium Cabins to Southeast Asia or South Africa (Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan)
Alaska Airlines provides some amazing opportunities to enjoy premium cabin products.
You can use 70,000 Alaska miles for a one-way first class ticket between the U.S. and Southeast Asia. The same flight would cost just 50,000 miles in business class.
You can transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to receive 50,000 Alaska miles, or 180,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to receive 75,000 Alaska miles.
If you think that’s a great first class deal, then you’ll love this: for no additional miles, you can continue to South Africa after a stopover in Hong Kong. Business class to South Africa costs 62,500 Alaska miles, which you can get by transferring 157,500 Marriott Bonvoy points.
This means you’re essentially getting a bonus business class flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg (there is no first class cabin on this route).
Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Cathay Pacific first class.
2. Fly Japan Airlines First Class to Asia (Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan)
You can experience Japan Airlines’ great first class product for 70,000 miles each way between the U.S. and Asia. Alternatively, you could fly business class to Asia for 60,000 miles one-way.
You’ll get 75,000 Alaska Airlines miles for 180,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, and 60,000 Alaska Airlines miles is 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
Not only does Japan Airlines have a great first class product, but the service is fantastic. If you’re looking for a relaxing way to visit Asia, don’t forget to get check out this amazing option.
Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Japan Airlines first class.
3. Fly Qantas First Class to Australia or New Zealand (Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan)
If you’ve ever thought about visiting Fiji or another island in the South Pacific, check out the business class product on Fiji Airways.
For only 55,000 miles one-way, you can fly from the U.S. to the South Pacific in business class. Transfer 135,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to yield the required 55,000 Alaska miles.
If you want to give this small airline a try, Etihad’s Guest program provides 2 award sweet spots you’ll want to check out.
A one-way business class flight between London-Heathrow (LHR) and Muscat (MCT) costs 44,000 miles (transfer 117,000 Marriott Bonvoy points), while a one-way business class flight between Muscat and Singapore (SIN) costs just 42,000 miles (transfer 111,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
22. Fly American Airlines First and Business Class at Pre-devaluation Rates (Etihad Guest)
Etihad has a fantastic award chart if you want to fly American Airlines. Let’s look at some of these one-way flight options:
- Fly to Asia 1 (Japan, Korea, Mongolia) for 50,000 miles (transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) in business class or 62,500 miles (transfer 158,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 62,666 miles) in first class
- Fly to the South Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, etc.) for 62,500 miles (transfer 158,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 62,666 miles) in business class and 67,500 miles (transfer 173,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 67,666 miles) in first class
- Fly to Europe for 50,000 miles (transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) in business class or 62,500 miles (transfer 158,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 62,666 miles) in first class
- Fly to Asia 2 (China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.) for 55,000 miles (transfer 135,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) in business class and 67,500 miles (transfer 173,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 67,666 miles) in first class
American Airlines may have devalued its award chart years ago, but you can still get the old award flight rates by using Etihad miles.
Hot Tip: Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking American Airlines first class and business class.
23. British Airways Travel Together — Fly First Class With a Companion (British Airways Executive Club)
If there’s 1 thing that people always seem to remember about booking award flights with British Airways, it’s that you should expect high taxes and fees — especially on first class tickets.
However, if you have a British Airways co-branded credit card, you can earn a Travel Together Ticket. To earn this perk, you’ll need to spend $30,000 on your British Airways Visa card during a calendar year.
Here’s an example of how the Travel Together Ticket works: you could book a round-trip first class flight on British Airways from Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) for an off-peak award cost of 170,000 Avios (transfer 420,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) plus about $1,500 to $2,000 taxes and fees.
For no additional miles, your companion can be booked in first class with you. They’re only responsible for the taxes and fees on their companion pass.
24. Short-haul Flights Abroad (British Airways Executive Club)
If you need a short-haul flight while abroad, there’s a good chance Avios will be your best option.
For flights 650 miles or shorter, you can book a one-way economy ticket for only 4,000 Avios (transfer 12,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during off-peak dates and 4,500 Avios (transfer 14,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 4,666 Avios) during peak dates. This can be a great way to see multiple cities in countries like Japan.
In the U.S., flights that are 650 miles or shorter now cost 7,500 Avios (transfer 23,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 7,666 Avios). This can still be a solid deal, but abroad is where you will really maximize the value of short-haul flights booked with Avios.
25. West Coast to Hawaii (British Airways Executive Club)
Flights to Hawaii are not cheap. Fortunately, Avios provide a fantastic option from the West Coast.
You can fly either American Airlines or Alaska Airlines to Hawaii for only 12,500 Avios (transfer 38,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 12,667 Avios) one-way in economy class.
26. Fly China Airlines Business Class to Asia (Delta SkyMiles)
The Delta SkyMiles program is often knocked for not providing much value. If you know where to look, though, there are some fun routes to try.
You can fly Taipei-based China Airlines in business class for 102,500 SkyMiles (transfer 248,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to get 102,666 SkyMiles) one-way to Asia. If you have a stash of SkyMiles, you’ll want to give this option a look.
27. Fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (Delta SkyMiles)
Known for its fun atmosphere, Virgin Atlantic is a fantastic experience when crossing the Atlantic. For 120,000 SkyMiles (transfer 300,000 Marriott Bonvoy points), you can try its Upper Class product. If you fly Upper Class from the U.S. to Europe, taxes and fees will be very low, but if you fly it back from the U.K., they’ll be much higher. This could be worth it, however, if you’re keen on trying out the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow.
Hot Tip: Need help booking? Check out our step-by-step guide to booking Virgin Atlantic Upper Class!
28. Fly ANA Business Class to Japan (ANA Mileage Club)
Before we get into some fun ways to use ANA miles, there are a few important points to remember. Awards must be booked as round-trip, and some partner awards include significant taxes and fees.
There are also regular- and low-season awards for flights operated by ANA. Predictably, low-season awards require fewer miles, so you’ll want to book during those times if possible. Finally, you can utilize stopovers and open jaws with ANA Mileage Club!
Now, let’s talk about flying ANA to Japan in business class. During the regular season, you can fly business class on ANA for 85,000 miles (transfer 210,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) round-trip. During the low season, the same flights will cost 75,000 miles (transfer 180,000 Marriott Bonvoy points). If you choose to fly a partner airline, it will always be 85,000 miles.
The same routes in economy class will cost 50,000 miles (transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) round-trip during the regular season and just 40,000 miles (transfer 105,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during the low season.
29. Fly Etihad Business Class to the Middle East and Africa (ANA Mileage Club)
ANA is a member of the Star Alliance, but it also maintains a partnership with Etihad. The airlines paused their “normal” partnership in December of 2017, so you can only book award tickets on codeshare flights. If you can find Etihad flights that codeshare with ANA, you’ll be able to redeem ANA miles for flights on Etihad.
With that being said, you can fly round-trip in Etihad business class to the Middle East or Africa for only 104,000 miles (transfer 252,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
You’ll pay 195,000 miles (transfer 480,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) for a round-trip first class redemption on Etihad. While this isn’t quite as amazing as the business class option, it’s still a great way to try Etihad’s highly regarded first class.
30. Fly ANA Business Class to Asia (ANA Mileage Club)
ANA breaks up Asia into 2 zones:
- Asia 1 — China, Guam, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines
- Asia 2 — India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
Round-trip business class tickets to Asia 1 cost only 80,000 miles (transfer 195,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during low season or 95,000 miles during regular season (transfer 240,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
A round-trip economy ticket will cost 45,000 miles (transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during low season, 55,000 miles during regular season (transfer 135,000 Marriott Bonvoy points), and 60,000 miles (transfer 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during high season.
Round trip business class award flights to the Asia 2 zone are 100,000 ANA miles (transfer 240,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during low season or 110,000 miles (transfer 270,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during regular season. An economy trip will cost 55,000 miles (transfer 135,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during low season, 65,000 miles (transfer 165,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during regular season, and 70,000 miles (transfer 180,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) during high season.
31. Fly Around the World (ANA Mileage Club)
If you’re up for a real adventure (and have a little time), ANA has an Around the World award chart. You can include up to 8 stopovers on this journey: 3 can be in Europe and 4 can be in Japan.
Before you start booking, keep in mind that your journey must travel in 1 direction (east or west) and your trip cannot be fewer than 10 days. Additionally, you cannot use an open jaw in Latin America, North America, or South America.
Because this is a distance-based chart, you can create a trip for as low as 20,000 ANA miles (transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) in economy if it’s under 2,000 flown miles.
If you want to try something truly extraordinary, you can create an itinerary that has you travel between 44,001 and 50,000 miles in first class. That trip would cost 450,000 ANA miles (transfer 1,080,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
32. Fly Lufthansa First Class to Europe (Asiana Club)
Long a favorite of travelers, the Lufthansa first class experience is something you don’t want to miss. With Asiana Club, you can fly from the U.S. to Europe for only 50,000 miles one-way (transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points). This award booking will incur some hefty taxes and fees, but for only 50,000 miles it’s still a great deal!
To top it off, make sure you book a flight that allows you to experience the Lufthansa First Class Terminal — it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.
Hot Tip: Need help booking? See our step-by-step Lufthansa first class booking guide.
33. Fly Air China in First Class (Virgin Atlantic Flying Club)
Virgin Atlantic’s award chart isn’t high on many people’s list of favorites because of the high taxes and fees it charges. Still, you might want to consider a first class redemption on Air China.
You can fly first class round-trip on Air China for only 75,000 Virgin Points (transfer 180,000 Marriott Bonvoy points). You will be on the hook for around $700 in taxes and fees, but the low mileage cost makes this an option to consider.
34. Fly Singapore Suites From New York (Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer)
While there are several options for trying Singapore Suites on the A380, the only option in the U.S. is between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA).
Without a doubt, Singapore Suites is one of the best first class experiences in the sky. You can book a one-way Suites ticket on the JFK-Frankfurt route for 86,000 KrisFlyer miles (transfer 213,000 Marriott Bonvoy points). If the 7-hour journey isn’t enough for you, fly from JFK to Singapore (with a connection in Frankfurt) instead for 132,000 miles (transfer 321,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
For those who want to have some fun, fly all the way to Sydney or Auckland via Frankfurt and Singapore for 167,000 miles (transfer 411,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
Availability is often better on flights returning to the U.S., so you may have better luck booking something else on the outbound and saving Singapore Suites for your journey home.
Hot Tip: Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Singapore Suites or first class.
35. Fly United Business Class Within the U.S. (Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer)
If you need a domestic flight on United, your first thought is probably to book with United miles.
You could do that, but if you use KrisFlyer miles you could spend just 23,000 miles on a one-way business class flight instead of 25,000 United miles. You’ll still have to transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, but you’ll be left with 2,000 miles extra for your next redemption!
36. Fly United to Hawaii (Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer)
As one of the most popular destinations for travelers, we’re always looking for great redemptions to Hawaii.
United charges 22,500, 40,000, and 50,000 miles for economy, business, and first class, respectively.
You can do better by booking with KrisFlyer miles, since it only requires 17,500, 34,500, and 46,000 miles, respectively, for the exact same flights!
37. Fly First or Business Class to Europe or North Africa (Aegean Miles+Bonus)
One particular benefit to using Aegean miles is that it includes North Africa and Israel in its European region.
For these flights, you can use 60,000 Aegean miles (transfer 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) to fly first class one-way from the U.S. or 45,000 miles (transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) to fly business class. This is a particularly great deal for flights to Israel.
Like many European carriers, you’ll be responsible for fuel surcharges, so that is something to consider. However, the low mileage cost could definitely make this a good option.
One more thing to remember: Aegean only allows 1 connection on award bookings, so plan for that when putting together your itinerary. If you need some more miles, check out our guide to earning Aegean Airlines miles.
Hot Tip: Check out our guide to the best ways to fly to the Middle East and North Africa with points and miles!
38. Cheap Flights in North America and to the Caribbean (Aegean Miles+Bonus)
Why use United miles when you can get the same United flight for at least 10,000 fewer miles? With Aegean miles, you can fly round-trip to the Caribbean for 25,000 miles (transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) in economy class.
You can also fly in business class for 42,000 miles (transfer 111,000 Marriott Bonvoy points). That’s 18,000 miles fewer than what United charges!
These rates also apply to domestic flights on United. While the economy rate is the same as United, the business class rate will save you 8,000 miles.
39. Fly Business Class to Central or Southern Africa (Aegean Miles+Bonus)
If you’re looking for a great way to get to Central or Southern Africa, you can use 55,000 Aegean miles (transfer 135,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) for a one-way ticket in business class.
For comparison, the same flight would cost 80,000 United miles. That’s a difference of 25,000 miles!
40. Fly to the Remote Provinces of Canada (Air Canada Aeroplan)
Reaching provinces such as the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon can be really expensive. We’re talking fares of $1,000 or more round-trip from the U.S — and that’s for an economy ticket!
Fortunately, if you use Air Canada’s Aeroplan, you can redeem 25,000 miles (transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) for a round-trip ticket.
This is definitely one of the better economy redemptions for a flight that doesn’t leave North America.
Business class fares can easily cost you over $2,000. Again, Aeroplan comes in handy, with round-trip redemptions requiring only 50,000 miles (transfer 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
If you’re an adventurer, you will definitely want to keep this in mind for a trip way, way up north!
41. Fly Business Class to Western Europe (Air Canada Aeroplan)
While Air Canada’s Aeroplan program isn’t what it once was, it can still be a great way to get to Western Europe.
For 55,000 miles (transfer 135,000 Marriott Bonvoy points), you can fly one-way in business class from the U.S. to places like Paris, Copenhagen, and Berlin.
If economy is more your speed, you can book a flight for 30,000 miles (transfer 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).
Award bookings with some of Air Canada’s Star Alliance partners do include some significant fuel surcharges, so consider that when using Aeroplan. Fortunately, award bookings with some partners — including Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and SAS — do not include these fuel surcharges.
Even with these annoying surcharges, Aeroplan excels as a program by allowing either 2 stopovers or 1 stopover and an open jaw, making seeing more of Europe much easier!
There are far too many great uses of Marriott Bonvoy points to count. As a transfer partner with over 40 airlines, Marriott Bonvoy points are definitely among the most valuable rewards points in the world.
There’s so much value to be had when using Marriott Bonvoy points, including flying some of the world’s best first class products from airlines like Etihad and Lufthansa.
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