Guide to Capital One transfer partners
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Capital One offers eligible cardholders the chance to transfer Capital One miles to airline and hotel loyalty programs, which can boost the per-mile value to 2 cents each, according to our internal points and miles valuations.
Fortunately, Capital One has gone to great lengths to grow its roster of transfer partners over the last several years. Not only that, but Capital One has improved transfer ratios for several of its partners, which can help you get even better value for your travel rewards.
If you currently have the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or have your eye on the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, you should find out which transfer partners you can utilize and how many points or miles you’ll get in return. Read on for the full list of Capital One airline and hotel transfer partners, as well as their transfer ratios and how we rank them.
Capital One transfer partners
Here are all of Capital One’s airline and hotel partners and their transfer rates (from Capital One miles to the new program):
|Loyalty program||Transfer rate|
|Accor Live Limitless||1,000:500|
|Aeromexico Club Premier||1,000:1,000|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||1,000:1,000|
|Air France / KLM Flying Blue||1,000:1,000|
|British Airways Executive Club||1,000:1,000|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||1,000:1,000|
|EVA Air Infinity MileageLands||1,000:750|
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||1,000:1,000|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||1,000:1,000|
|TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go||1,000:1,000|
|Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles||1,000:1,000|
|Virgin Atlantic Virgin Red||1,000:1,000|
How Capital One transfer partners rank
Here’s a rundown of the Capital One airline and hotel transfer partners and how they rank.
Accor Live Limitless: OK
With the Accor Live Limitless loyalty program, you’ll get the chance to book a stay at thousands of properties in more than 100 countries around the globe. However, most Accor properties are in Europe, so this transfer partner may be of limited value to you if you travel mostly in the United States (or anywhere Accor-branded properties are few and far between).
On the upside, Accor lets you book stays at properties without having to worry about blackout dates. You can also use cash and points for your booking, and you can knock 40 euros (about $42) off your hotel bill with as little as 2,000 Accor points. Interestingly, you can even transfer Accor points to select airline partners like Air France / KLM and Qatar Airways.
Aeromexico Club Premier: OK
The Aeromexico Club Premier program may not be the best around, but it at least offers an award chart that shows how many points you’ll need for a free flight. Some options come with decent value, too. For example, you may be able to fly one-way from Mexico to the United States in economy for just 18,000 to 30,000 points (depending on your destination) during off-peak season. You could also fly within Mexico in economy for just 10,000 points one-way during off-peak season.
Air Canada Aeroplan: Good
As a Star Alliance partner, Air Canada aligns with other Star Alliance partners like United Airlines and TAP Air Portugal. This program also still maintains an award chart, so it’s easy to know how many points you’ll need for the flight you want to book.
One perk to note is that you’ll only need 17,500 to 25,000 Aeroplan points for a round-trip economy flight (2,751+ miles one-way) within the mainland U.S. and Canada.
Air France / KLM Flying Blue: Excellent
The Air France / KLM Flying Blue program is excellent for anyone, but especially for frequent visitors to France and other European countries. You may be able to find round-trip flights to destinations like Paris and Amsterdam for around 50,000 miles. This program also tends to have excellent award availability, meaning it’s easy to find award seats as well as more than one award seat on the same flight.
Air France / KLM Flying Blue is also a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards. The Air France / KLM Flying Blue program also has its own airline credit card, the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®*, so it’s easy to rack up rewards in this program.
Avianca LifeMiles: OK
The Avianca LifeMiles program still has some sweet spots worth looking forward to, although it all depends on where you want to fly. You may be able to score a great deal on a first-class award from the United States to Asia or a business class flight to Europe on an Avianca partner airline. Many people also love this frequent flyer program because it doesn’t pass on fuel surcharges when you book a Star Alliance partner award.
British Airways Executive Club: Good
British Airways is a member of the oneworld Alliance, along with American Airlines, Iberia, Cathay Pacific and others. This means you can fly with British Airways or its partners to more than 900 destinations in 170 territories around the world.
Many travel enthusiasts rack up British Airways Avios points whether they travel to the U.K. or not, and this is because you can usually use Avios to book cheap domestic flights on American Airlines. While many complain about British Airways’ fuel surcharges for flights to the U.K., keep in mind that you may be able to book awards with certain partners and avoid exorbitant surcharges in some cases.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles: Very Good
Cathay Pacific is another frequent flyer partner that still offers an award chart, which is a good thing. However, its award chart is based on distance, so you’ll find that longer flights can set you back considerably more miles. But a few sweet spots to look for include ultra-short (under 750 miles) economy flights within Asia for just 7,500 miles one-way, as well as ultra-short one-way business class flights for just 16,000 miles.
Choice Privileges: Good
With Choice Privileges, you can use your points to book a stay at more than 7,000 hotels in more than 40 countries and territories. Plus, award nights with Choice Privileges start at just 8,000 points. You can even use Choice Privileges for an award stay at all-inclusive resorts or condo-style accommodations in resort towns like Orlando or Las Vegas (thanks to a partnership with Bluegreen Vacations).
Emirates Skywards: Good
When it comes to the Emirates Skywards program, you’ll find these miles can be valuable if you fly to the Middle East and a surprising number of other destinations around the globe. One-way awards start at just 15,000 miles, and you can also use your miles for an upgrade or pay for a flight with cash and miles. Value can be plentiful with this program, and that’s especially true since it’s considered one of the most luxurious airlines in the world.
Etihad Guest: Very Good
The Etihad Guest program can offer a ton of value depending on your itinerary, and that’s especially true with its 1:1 transfer ratio. This frequent flyer program also makes things easy by offering an award calculator that lets you know how many miles you’ll need for a flight. Most of its travel destinations are in the Middle East, but you can also use the Etihad Guest program to fly to Europe, Africa and other select destinations.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands: Poor
Eva Air’s loyalty program is called Infinity MileageLands, and it claims that award tickets start at 6,750 miles. However, most flights will cost more than that. For example, flying round-trip between Asia and the United States might set you back around 100,000 miles in economy, and a one-way flight between Asia and Europe might cost you at least 50,000 miles in economy.
Finnair Plus: Poor
Finnair isn’t very valuable as a Capital One transfer partner either, although it does help that its transfer ratio is now 1:1. With Finnair Plus points, you can fly economy one-way within Europe starting at just 7,500 miles, but a one-way flight in economy between Europe and North America will cost you 45,000 miles. And business awards are exorbitant, so you won’t want to use this program for anything other than economy flights.
Qantas Frequent Flyer: Good
Qantas points are useful whether you want to fly or redeem for hotels, other travel or merchandise when you shop. However, you’ll get more value when you redeem your points for flights. You can use your points to fly to more than 1,200 destinations around the globe, and Qantas has a calculator that tells you how many points you’ll need for an award flight. You’ll also have the option to cash in your points for flight upgrades or use a combination of cash and points.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer: Good
Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program, KrisFlyer, offers a ton of value when you use miles for its premium cabins. For example, you may be able to fly from the eastern part of the United States or Houston to Europe in first class for around 140,000 miles one-way. That may sound like a lot, but Singapore Airlines is known for offering a premium experience.
TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go: OK
TAP Air Portugal is the premier airline of Portugal, so it can be a good option if you dream of flying into Lisbon or stopping in Portugal on the way to other parts of Europe. This Capital One transfer partner also offers an attractive 1:1 transfer ratio, which can help you get a lot more value for your miles.
You’ll also find an award calculator on its website, which makes it easy to know approximately how many miles you’ll need for a trip. One-way economy flights from North America start at 29,000 miles, but you can also pay with a combination of miles and cash. All business class flights from North America start at 100,000 miles one-way, so TAP Air Portugal is a poor option if you prefer to fly in luxury.
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles: Poor
Some may struggle to get a lot of value out of the Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles program, but others may find better luck. According to its award chart, round-trip economy flights from North America to North Africa start at 165,000 miles. And if you want to use miles to fly to the Middle East, you won’t be much better off since round-trip economy flights from North America to Turkey start at 90,000 miles.
Virgin Atlantic Virgin Red: Good
Virgin Atlantic’s Virgin Red loyalty program allows you to earn Virgin Points with all of Virgin’s partners, including many popular retailers. It’s a separate program from the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, but you can link both of your accounts and pool your Virgin Points together. And it’s possible you may be able to find a very good points value on flights with Virgin Atlantic — according to our points and miles valuations, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points can be worth up to 2.6 cents each.
How to transfer Capital One miles
Once you begin earning Capital One miles with one of the program’s top rewards credit cards, you can take steps to transfer miles from your Capital One account to the Capital One hotel or airline partner of your choice. Here are the steps involved:
- Log in to your Capital One account online or via the mobile app.
- Once in your account, click on the option to view your rewards.
- Choose the option to convert or transfer your rewards.
- Choose the Capital One transfer partner you want to transfer miles to.
- From there, you can facilitate the transfer by entering the number of miles you want to move, keeping in mind that transfers start at 1,000 miles.
- Complete the transfer.
Once you’ve initiated the transfer, you’ll see your miles leave your Capital One account before they’re moved to your new transfer partner account. Note that you can’t undo a miles transfer once it’s over. With that in mind, you should only transfer your Capital One miles to a loyalty program if you’re sure you want to and if you have a redemption in mind.
Once your miles are transferred to the new program, they’ll fall under the new program’s terms and conditions — which means your rewards could then expire if your loyalty account becomes inactive for a certain period of time (depending on the program).
Best credit cards for earning Capital One miles
If you want to rack up Capital One miles you can use for transfers to airline and hotel partners, you’ll need to sign up for a Capital One credit card that earns Capital One miles. Take the time to compare the following travel credit cards based on their welcome bonuses, annual fees, ongoing rewards structures and perks they offer.
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card: Best for premium travel perks
The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, which comes with a $395 annual fee, offers 10X miles on hotel and rental car bookings through Capital One Travel, 5X miles on flights through Capital One Travel and 2X miles on all other purchases. It also comes with a welcome bonus of 75,000 miles after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Some notable cardholder benefits include no foreign transaction fees, up to $300 in statement credits toward Capital One Travel bookings, up to $100 in credits for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck membership, Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership, unlimited access to Capital One airport lounges, Visa Infinite benefits and more.
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card: Best for earning flat-rate miles
The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card earns 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and an unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases. It also includes a welcome offer of 75,000 miles when you spend $4,000 on your card within three months of account opening (worth $750 toward travel). A $95 annual fee applies.
Notable cardholder benefits include no foreign transaction fees, up to $100 in credits for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck membership, an auto rental collision damage waiver, travel accident insurance, extended warranty coverage and more.
Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card: Best for no annual fee
The Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card is a great option to consider if you don’t want to pay an annual fee. It offers 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and an unlimited 1.25X miles on all other purchases. Plus, you can earn a welcome bonus of 40,000 miles when you spend $1,000 on your card within three months of account opening (Offer not available).
Additionally, some card benefits include no foreign transaction fees, an auto rental collision damage waiver, extended warranty coverage and travel accident insurance.
Capital One Spark Miles for Business: Best for small businesses
The Capital One Spark Miles for Business offers an unlimited 2X miles for each dollar you spend and 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel. It also comes with a welcome offer of 50,000 miles after spending $4,500 within three months of account opening. Plus, you can get a $0 annual fee the first year (then $95 per year).
As for other major cardholder benefits, you’ll get up to $100 in credits toward Global Entry or TSA PreCheck membership, no foreign transaction fees and free employee cards.
Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business: Best no-annual-fee business card
The Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business*, which comes with no annual fee, earns 5X miles per dollar on hotels and car rentals through Capital One Travel and 1.5X miles per dollar on all other purchases. It also offers new cardholders the chance to earn 20,000 miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months of account opening. Other card benefits include no foreign transaction fees, free employee cards and roadside assistance, among others.
The bottom line
While the transfer partners for Capital One miles may not be as attractive as some other programs, there are quite a few options to choose from. And with many partners offering a 1:1 transfer ratio, it’s safe to say that Capital One miles could now be worth more than ever before.
However, before you transfer your miles, you should figure out which Capital One airline or hotel transfer partner might work best for you, and run through a few scenarios to see how many miles you’d need.
Also, remember that you should get at least 1 cent in value for each Capital One mile you transfer to a partner. If you’re not getting at least 1 cent per mile in value, you should just charge the travel to your Capital One credit card and use statement credits to cover eligible travel expenses.
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*The information about the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® and Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.