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Transferring points from your Credit Card loyalty program is a great way to top up your airline program balance, allowing you to accrue enough miles for your dream air travel plans.
However, the list of participating airlines and transfer options is often changing and can include some surprises.
To aid, we have compiled a reference guide for you.
It is worth remembering that once transferred, these points can be used to purchase flights on any Partner airlines that the chosen recipient airline may have. For example, transferring points to Delta, can be used to purchase a flight on Fiji Airways.
|Airline||Alliance||Credit Card to Airline ratio.
|Aeromexico||SkyTeam||5 to 8|
|Air Canada||Star Alliance||1 to 1|
|Air France / KLM||SkyTeam||1 to 1||1 to 1|
|Alitalia||SkyTeam||1 to 1|
|All Nippon (ANA)||Star Alliance||1 to 1|
|British Airways||OneWorld||5 to 4||1 to 1|
|Cathay Pacific||OneWorld||1 to 1||1 to 1|
|Delta Air Lines||SkyTeam||1 to 1|
|El Al||50 to 1|
|Emirates||1 to 1|
|Etihad||1 to 1||1 to 1|
|Eva Air||Star Alliance||1 to 1|
|Garuda Indonesia||SkyTeam||1 to 1|
|Hawaiian Airlines||1 to 1|
|Iberia||OneWorld||5 to 4|
|Jet Blue||5 to 4|
|Korean Air||SkyTeam||1 to 1|
|Malaysia Airlines||OneWorld||1 to 1|
|Qantas||OneWorld||1 to 1|
|Qatar Airways||OneWorld||1 to 1|
|Singapore Airlines||Star Alliance||1 to 1||1 to 1||1 to 1|
|Southwest||1 to 1|
|Thai Airways||Star Alliance||1 to 1|
|United||Star Alliance||1 to 1|
|Virgin America||2 to 1||2 to 1|
|Virgin Atlantic||1 to 1||1 to 1|
You may have dreamed about flying on Etihad–one of the world’s most luxurious airlines–but thought it was out of reach. Until now, the only way to book EY award seats was with EY Guest or AAdvantage points, which you could only earn by flying and could not transfer credit card points. Just last week, American Express announced a new partnership with Etihad Guest, which means you can now transfer your Amex points to your EY account! Don’t have one? Sign up today and plan your next trip on this 5-star airline.
See the article below for details and links to Etihad and American Express so you can take advantage of this fantastic program! Learn more
Even though AA has recently devaluated it’s mileage program, it has made a few positing changes. The airline has increased the number of miles earned on Qatar flights when traveling in Economy
and Business class. And with Qatar adding new routes, it gives you a chance to earn and spend more miles on this top-rated airline. Learn more
Another great change AA has made is now you can fly to India and Maldives without having to cross the Atlantic. You can save stops and time by flying across the Pacific instead. Plus you can fly on Cathay Pacific, rated one of the best airlines in the world, under the new program. Learn More
If you missed the information on AA’s devaluation of it’s miles, you can get all the details here.
Earning credit cards points that you can transfer to your favorite airline’s award program is the fastest way to accumulate enough miles for your trip. Knowing which credit card gives you the most points can be hard to figure out since the offers and rewards are always changing. Chase offers three cards that you will want to sign up for this year if you don’t already have them. The Sapphire Preferred, Freedom, and Ink Plus are must haves if you want to maximize your earnings. Here are just five reasons to use Chase:
By using Chase cards for you everyday expenses, including travel, you can earn over $4,000 cash back in your first year as a card member. Find all the details here.
“Tis the season….to spend money! Let’s face it, this time of year is typically when our credit cards get the most use. So why not use the cards that will give you the best rewards and bonuses for your purchases.
This article highlights the best cards to use to maximize your return. Chase, Citi Bank and American Express cards are always at the top of the list so make sure to take advantage of bonus offers they are offering now if you don’t already have one (or all) of these cards.
With these cards you can earn points that you can turn into miles on your favorite airlines. Then you can get the best flights for a fraction of the cost of buying the tickets! If you’re short a few miles or need miles with a different airline, we can help you, just give us a call.
Retail stores aren’t the only ones vying for your business this holiday season. Airline, hotel and credit card programs are all offering tons of bonuses and discounts. Just like with retail “deals”, sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s really a good deal or just an offer to suck you in! (more…)
Getting started in the miles and points game can be difficult. There are so many different cards and awards and fees and rewards that it can be really frustrating trying to figure it all out. But once you do, you will be well on your way to earning valuable points and miles that you can redeem for flights, hotels, cash, or other rewards. The best part is that you don’t have to choose just one program to help you reach your goals. You can have a variety of cards and programs and you can still rack up your earnings and rewards. (more…)
Most major airlines belong to one of three alliances: Star Alliance, Oneworld or Skyteam. What this means is that you can usually earn and spend miles for different airlines within the same alliance. For example, United Airlines and Thai Airlines are members of the Star Alliance. So while you may not have miles with Thai Airlines frequent flyer program, you can use your United miles to book Thai flights. This means there are plenty of options for booking flights outside your own frequent flyer program. (more…)
We are pleased to announce a new service you may find helpful in redeeming your airline miles and credit card points for luxury first and business class international flights. For just $300, we will find you flights you can’t on your own, as our systems work around the clock to grab seats the minute airlines release them.
We work with all airlines and can help you redeem your own miles/points or trade them in for different airlines. If you don’t have miles, we can still help you get the best prices on luxury travel!
Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program recently announce to its members they can now redeem miles for ClassicFlight and Market Fare awards in the Premium Economy cabin (this includes larger seats, meal service, enhanced amenities as well as priority airport services).
American citizens can also sign up for Air Canada’s co-branded Aeroplan TD Visa Signature program and earn a sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles.
Please note, Aeroplan miles will not expire as long as there is at least one accumulation or redemption of miles every 12 months.
To read more about this new offer, check out The Points Guy’s recent article.
Frequent flyers and casual travelers alike must wonder what the points or miles they earn are actually worth in terms of monetary value. Interestingly, The Points Guy says that this is one of the most common questions that he gets from his readers. In order to finally answer their inquiries, he wrote a post in which he put a dollar value on one point or mile from each of two dozen rewards programs. He also promised to update this list monthly as values change due to partnerships and other factors.
The May 2014 monetary value of one point or mile on some of the most popular programs are:
Don’t see your rewards program listed here? Check out The Points Guy for the full list!
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