The Complete Guide To Marriott Bonvoy Airline Transfer Partners

Marriott Bonvoy airline transfer partnerships are some of the strongest out there. It has more than 40 partners that simply dwarf any of the other flexible points currencies out there. The second largest is American Express Membership Rewards with 17 partners. Although transferring hotel points to airlines is normally poor value due to unfavorable transfer ratios, this is not the case when you transfer Marriott Bonvoy points which have a better transfer ratio than other hotel programs. So read on our complete guide to Marriott Bonvoy airline transfer partners.

Hermitage Hotel in Jakarta
Earn more points in the New Year, for a better overall travel experience. Photo: Marriott

Credit cards that earn Marriott Bonvoy points

Marriott Bonvoy has a relationship with both American Express and Chase, with both issuers featuring Marriott bo-branded credit cards in their stable of travel rewards cards. There are three Marriot Bonvoy point earning cards, one issued by Chase, and the other two issued by American Express. Two of the three cards are consumer cards, while the last one is a business card. The following cards earn Marriott Bonvoy points:

Marriott Bonvoy airline transfer partners

When it comes to airline transfer partners, these guys rule the roost with 44 different Marriott partners. Almost every partner from other flexible point currencies is included in the Marriott list, as well as a host of other unique and rare partners like Lufthansa Miles and More, which serves to make Marriott points very valuable.

Typically, you can transfer Marriott points at a ratio of 3:1 and, as a rule, the minimum transfer is 3,000 points. Transfers times are highly variable across the vast array of partners, with transfers to some partners taking as little as one day, while others can take up to 10 days.

AirlineTransfer RatiosMinimum TransferTransfer Time
Aegean Airlines3:13,0003 days
Aeroflot Bonus3:13,0002 weeks or more
AeroMexico ClubPremier3:13,0002 days
Air Canada Aeroplan3:13,0004 days
Air China Phoenix Miles3:13,0005 days
Air France/KLM Flying Blue3:13,000up to 48 hours
Air New Zealand Airpoints200:13,000up to 48 hours
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan3:13,000up to 48 hours
Alitalia MilleMiglia3:13,000up to 1 week
ANA Mileage Club3:13,000up to 1 week
American Airlines3:13,00048 hours
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club3:13,000up to 1 week
Avianca LifeMiles3:13,000up to 24 hours
British Airways Executive Club3:13,000up to 24 hours
Asia Miles3:13,000up to 1 week
China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles3:13,000several weeks
China Southern Airlines3:13,0005 days
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles3:13,000up to 72 hours
Delta SkyMiles3:13,000up to 24 hours
Emirates Skywards3:13,0003 days
Etihad Guest3:13,000up to 5 days
Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns3:13,0003,000Several weeks
Hainan Airlines3:13,000One week
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles3:13,000up to 24 hours
Iberia Plus3:13,000up to 5 days
Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank3:13,000up to 1 week
Jet Airways JetPrivilege3:13,000up to 1 week
JetBlue TrueBlue3:13,000up to 24 hours
Korean Air SKYPASS3:13,000up to 1 week
LATAM Airlines LATAMPASS3:13,0002 days
Lufthansa Miles & More3:13,000up to 1 week
Multiplus3:13,000unknown
Qantas Frequent Flyer3:13,000up to 1 week
Qatar Privilege Club3:13,000up to 1 week
Saudia Airlines3:13,000up to 1 week
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer3:13,000up to 48 hours
South African Airways Voyager3:13,000up to 72 hours
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards3:13,000up to 48 hours
TAP Air Portugal3:13,000unknown
THAI Airways3:13,000up to 2 weeks
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles3:13,000up to 3 days
United MileagePlus3:1.13,000up to 48 hours
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club3:13,000up to 24 hours
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer3:13,000up to 48 hours

Transfer bonuses

Marriott does not offer periodical transfer bonuses to airlines, like a lot of flexible credit card points. This will come as no surprise, as a hotel chain they want you to use your points for stays. However, Marriott has a permanent bonus inbuilt in all its transfers.

Normally you can transfer Marriott points to airlines at a ratio of 3:1. However, when you transfer 60,000 points, you will receive a bonus of 5,000 miles. Typically, transferring 60,000 points will yield 20,000 miles at a ratio of 3:1, however with the Marriott partners inbuilt bonus you will actually receive a 5,000-mile bonus for a total of 25,000 miles.

Ritz-Carlton international property
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The bonus improves the transfer ratio from 3:1 to 2.4:1. This is a marked improvement and represents great value especially when compared to other hotel programs, who at best have a ratio of 5:1, and in most cases it’s far worse.

United Rewards Plus

Marriott has a crossover program with United Airlines called Rewards Plus. The program offers various benefits for elites in both programs. One of the best benefits that is open to all Marriott members is an additional 10% bonus when converting your Marriott Bonvoy Points to United miles.

With the additional bonus, if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to United, you will receive a total of 27,500 United miles.  The math breaks down as follows:

  • 60,000 Miles at a ratio of 3:1 = 20,000 United miles
  • 5,000-mile Bonus for transferring 60,000 miles = 25,000
  • Additional 10% of 25,000 miles (2,500) yields a total of 27,500 miles

Marriott Hotel + Air Packages

Marriott offers another opportunity to transfer Marriott points to miles with its Hotel + air packages. With these packages, you will receive seven nights at a certain category of hotel, plus a given number of miles for a set amount of Marriott points. The Marriott hotel + Packages break down as follows:

 7 nights + 50,000 miles7 nights + 100,000 miles
Category 1-4 hotel255,000 points330,000 points
Category 5 hotel315,000 points390,000 points
Category 6 hotel435,000 points510,000 points
Category 7 hotel495,000 points570,000 points
Category 8hotel675,000 points750,000 points

The above table applies to the following airlines, except United which has its own rates for Hotel + air travel packages.

Aegean AirlinesAeroflot BonusAeroMexico ClubPremierAir Canada Aeroplan
Air China Phoenix MilesAir France/KLM Flying BlueAir New Zealand AirpointsAlaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Alitalia MilleMigliaANA Mileage ClubAmerican AirlinesAsiana Airlines Asiana Club
Avianca LifeMilesBritish Airways Executive ClubAsia MilesChina Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles
China Southern AirlinesCopa Airlines ConnectMilesDelta SkyMilesEmirates Skywards
Etihad GuestFrontier Airlines EarlyReturnsHainan AirlinesHawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
Iberia PlusJapan Airlines JAL Mileage BankJet Airways JetPrivilegeKorean Air SKYPASS
LATAM Airlines LATAMPASSLufthansa Miles & MoreMultiplusQantas Frequent Flyer
Qatar Privilege ClubSaudia AirlinesSingapore Airlines KrisFlyerSouth African Airways Voyager
Southwest Airlines Rapid RewardsTAP Air PortugalThai AirwaysTurkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
Virgin Atlantic Flying ClubVirgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

The United Rates for Hotel+ Air packages is as follows and reflect the 10% bonus miles you receive:

 7 Nights + 55,000 Miles7 Nights + 110, 000 Miles
Category 1-4 hotels255,000330,000
Category 5 hotels315,000390,000
Category 6 hotels435,000510,000
Category 7 hotels495,000570
Category 8 hotels675,000750,000

Hotel transfers

It will come as no surprise that Marriott does not allow any point transfers to any of its hotel competitors, unlike flexible credit card points.

Transferring Marriott Bonvoy Points

To transfer Marriott Bonvoy points is a simple enough process. First, you need to log into your Marriott account. Once you are in you, need to select your Redeem Points tab.

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On the Redeem points tab, you need to select the option to “Transfer Points to Miles” and click on the learn more icon. This will open a new window. At this point, you need to select the option to “Transfer Points.”

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Now a small window will appear. You will then have the option to select the Marriott Bonvoy airline transfer partners you want to allocate points to and enter your frequent flyer number. You will also be able to enter the number of points you want to transfer, and the window will show you how many miles you will receive

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Final thoughts

Marriott Bonvoy points are super valuable, and if you learn to leverage them correctly, they can be incredibly lucrative. One of the main strengths of Marriott points over others is that while you have to spend money to earn credit card points, you do not need to do the same with Marriott, and you can earn a ton of points for stays and various other promotions. With many different ways to earn points and 44 transfer partners, Marriott Bonvoy points are some of the most valuable you can get your hands on today.

1 comment
  1. Fellow travelers, it is about time to send a message to the airlines out there. They can’t continue to devalue airline miles and lessen the availability of award seats with impunity. My wife and I used to reflexively convert our Ultimate Reward points to United miles. No more, we are holding on to our Ultimate Reward points. We still have 100K’s of United miles, which we found difficult or “expensive” to spend; the same with our many AA miles.
    We have also changed our credit card use habit. We no longer use our MileagePlus or AAdvantage credit cards; rather, we now exclusively use our Chase Freedom Plus and Sapphire Reserve cards.

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