Marriott Bonvoy Guide: Transfer Partners & How To Transfer Points

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Last Updated: 8 October 2020

Marriott Bonvoy is “mash-up” loyalty program that replaced the Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest (aka SPG), and Ritz-Carlton Rewards.

The Bonvoy program provides has a fairly strong elite program, more travel partners than any other loyalty program, and offers a plethora of hotel options given it is the world’s largest hotel chain.

If you’re just getting started with miles and points, Bonvoy points provide a great foundation to earning and redeeming points for amazing flights and hotels.

The next step in this equation is understanding WHO you can transfer your points to and HOW to do it. After reading this you’ll be ready to book your bucket list getaway!

EARNING MARRIOTT BONVOY POINTS

Both, American Express and Chase offer personal and business credit cards that earn Bonvoy points. Let’s take a look…

American Express Cards:

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card [READ MORE] – This card earns 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. You’ll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $450 annual fee.
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card [READ MORE] – Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.

Chase Cards:

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card – Earn 5 Free Nights after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card – This simple, no annual fee card earns 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

BONVOY TRANSFER PARTNERS

The Bonvoy Rewards Transfer Partner program currently has 44 airline transfer partners. Below are the partners, transfer ratios, and transfer times.

Bonvoy Airline Transfer Partners

Chase Airline
Transfer Partner
Transfer Ratio
(Bonvoy to Airline)
Transfer Time
AEGEAN Miles+Bonus3:13 days
Aer Lingus AerClub3:1???
Aeroflot Bonus3:121 days
Aeromexico ClubPremier*3:14 days
Air Canada Aeroplan3:15 days
Air China PhoenixMiles3:15 days
Flying Blue (AIR FRANCE / KLM)3:13 days
Air New Zealand Airpoints200:1 (this is bad!)<24 hours
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan3:14 days
Alitalia MilleMiglia3:17 days
American Airlines AAdvantage3:1<48 hours
ANA Mileage Club3:14 days
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club3:14 days
Avianca LifeMiles3:1<24 hours
British Airways Executive Club3:13 days
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles3:15 days
China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club3:13 days
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles3:13 days
Delta SkyMiles3:1<24 hours
Emirates Skywards3:13 days
Etihad Guest3:13 days
FRONTIER Miles3:140 days
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club3:17 days
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles3:1<24 hours
Iberia Plus3:1<24 hours
InterMiles3:17 days
Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank3:1<48 hours
JetBlue TrueBlue6:1 (this is bad too!)<24 hours
Korean Air SKYPASS3:1<48 hours
LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass3:12 days
Multiplus Fidelidade3:12 days
Qantas Frequent Flyer3:1<48 hours
Qatar Airways Privilege Club3:13 days
South African Airways (SAA) Voyager3:13 days
Saudia Alfursan3:15 days
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer3:1<48 hours
Southwest Rapid Rewards3:1<24 hours
TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go3:1???
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus3:14 days
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles3:13 days
United MileagePlus3:1.13 days
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club3:1<48 hours
Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer3:1<48 hours
Vueling Club3:1???

It’s important to remember that given the 3:1 transfer ratio, Bonvoy requires a minimum of 3,000 points per transfer, but will allow you to transfer up to 240,000 points/day. If you need to transfer more, I would recommend that you spread out your transfers over multiple days.

Additionally, the Bonvoy loyalty program also adds 5,000 miles for every 60,000 points you transfer to airline miles, therefore 60,000 points = 25,000 miles.

Caveat#1: I’m not sure why it would be different, but for most airline partners, your member name on the frequent flyer program account MUST MATCH your Marriott Bonvoy first and last name or the transfer will not be processed.

Caveat #2: Although transfers to AeroMexico appear to be at a 3:1, the program uses the metric system. In short, 3,000 Bonvoy points = 1,610 Club Premier points (1 mile = 1.61 km).

DIVING INTO THE DETAILS

You may have noticed some question marks in the chart, so before we go any further, let’s talk about the finer details of my experience.

The ??? represent a combination of factors including: my points never appeared in my airline frequent miler account or I encountered an “error” message before transferring my points.

Additionally, I reached out to the Bonvoy program when transfer never appeared and was told:

We sent the information that you provided to our airline partner and will be working with them to resolve the issue.”

Bonvoy Representative

However, when pressed about how long the process could take and when I would hear from them, the representative replied “it varies. Is there anything we can help you with?”

In other words, be cautious with these programs.

HOTEL TRANSFER PARTNERS

Bonvoy is hotel loyalty program, so (obviously) there are no opportunities to transfer your points directly to a different hotel rewards program. However, there is an indirect way to do it. But be forewarned, in most cases this is a TERRIBLE IDEA.

For example:

Marriott to Hilton: First, transfer Bonvoy to Virgin Atlantic. Then convert Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton (ratio 1: 1.5). Not a bad choice but certainly not a great choice.

Marriott to IHG: Again, first transfer Bonvoy to Virgin Atlantic. Then convert Virgin Atlantic miles to IHG (ratio 1:1). This is a bad use of points!

Marriott to Wyndham: First, transfer Bonvoy to Hawaiian Airlines miles. Then convert Hawaiian to Caesar’s Total Rewards (ratio 2:1). Then convert Caesar’s Total Rewards to Wyndham (ratio 1:1).

STEP-BY-STEP: TRANSFER POINTS TO PARTNERS

So, now that we know how to earn points (i.e. credit cards), and we know where we can transfer them to (i.e. travel partners), it’s time to transfer those points.

Step 1: Simply, login to your Bonvoy account HERE by clicking on the “Transfer Points” button.

Step 2: Once logging into your account, a separate window that contains your current points balance and the list of partners will appear. It should look similar to the box below (and hopefully the balance is similar to the one I’ve given myself). 😉

Step 3: Select a Frequent Flyer Program

Step 4: Enter your frequent flyer number for the selected airline program

Step 5: Enter the amount of points you want to convert

Step 6: Select “Continue.” Note: The program will not allow you to move forward until all of the information has been entered.

Step 7: Tag @1tattedpassport in all your destination photos that you’ve been able to check off your list because of points.

FINAL STAMP

If you are interested in having access to a plethora of partner programs and/or are a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, you’ll find that these points to be important in your points-earning strategy.

Personally, if I were just getting started with miles and points, I would recommend transferrable points (e.g Chase and Amex) to set a foundation, but Marriott is a strong program particularly if you need to top-off for an award ticket.

With Bonvoy points, you’ll have lots of ways to earn and redeem your points. Before you know it, you’ll be taking a trip of a lifetime…and then doing it again!

Do you have any questions about Marriott Bonvoy points?

Don’t forget to check out the other partner guides:
GUIDE: Chase Ultimate Rewards Partners
GUIDE: American Express Membership Rewards Partners

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