Marriott Bonvoy allows members to convert hotel points into airline miles with 40 different loyalty programs. If you’re sitting on a pile of Bonvoy points that you don’t know what to do with, it’s worth considering transferring your points into miles instead.
Depending on your specific travel goals, converting hotel points to airline miles could be a good idea, but only if you have a specific use in mind.
What Is Marriott Bonvoy’s Transfer Points to Miles Feature?
Marriott’s partnerships with airlines have been around for a long time. For example, you can earn airline miles instead of hotel points on eligible stays, and you can also also convert miles from select airline loyalty programs into Marriott Bonvoy points.
However, the most intriguing aspect is the ability to convert Marriott Bonvoy points into airline miles.
Amongst hotel loyalty programs, converting hotel points to airline miles isn’t unique to the Marriott Bonvoy program; however, of the major hotel chains with this feature, Marriott has the best transfer ratio.
For the most part, you can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to almost all airline programs at a 3:1 ratio. The only exception is Air New Zealand’s AirPoints Dollars, which has a transfer ratio of 200:1.
By comparison, Hilton Honors points can be transferred to airline miles, too, albeit at a rather unfavourable ratio of 10:1.
For example, if you transfer 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue, you’ll receive 10,000 Flying Blue miles.
In addition to the standard transfer ratio, you’ll get an additional 5,000 bonus airline miles if you transfer 60,000 Bonvoy points at a time, to almost all airline partners.
For example, if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to Air Canada Aeroplan, you’ll receive 25,000 Aeroplan points – 20,000 points from the standard 3:1 transfer ratio, and 5,000 bonus points for converting 60,000 Bonvoy points into airline miles.
The list of all airline loyalty programs to which you can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points is as follows:
Importantly, there are four airline programs that you won’t get a bonus 5,000 miles if you transfer 60,000 Bonvoy points. No matter how many points you transfer, you’ll get the regular 3:1 transfer ratio with the following airline programs:
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Avianca LifeMiles
- Delta SkyMiles
- Korean Air SKYPASS
Furthermore, if you transfer 60,000…