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How to Transfer Capital One Miles to Airline Partners

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How to Transfer Capital One Miles to Airline Partners

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Capital One rewards are extremely straightforward — you can use Capital One miles to erase travel purchases a rate of one cent per mile. If you don’t want to bother with award charts and blackout dates you don’t have to. Just buy your flight, hotel, rental car, etc. with your card and click a button in your online account that wipes the purchase away as though it never happened.

That’s all well and good, but if you use this method, it means your Capital One miles’ value is never higher than one cent per point. You can also transfer Capital One miles to 15 airline partners. That means you have a chance to receive a better value from your Capital One miles if you have one of the following cards:

Here, I’ll show you how easy it is to transfer your Capital One miles to airlines.

Step 1. Click “Rewards Miles” in your online account

Log into your Capital One account. On the home page, you’ll see your recent transactions, your balance, available credit, and payment button. In the middle of all this is a link that says “Rewards Miles.” Click that one.

Step 2. Click the “Transfer Your Rewards” box

Scroll down the page to see your options for redeeming Capital One miles. Click the “Use My Miles” button in the “Transfer Your Rewards” box.

Step 3. Choose the airline you want to use

You’ll now see 15 airlines to choose from. Some of them have different transfer ratios. For example, you’ll receive 750 Flying Blue miles for every 1,000 Capital One miles you transfer, but just 500 Emirates miles for every 1,000 Capital One miles you transfer.

To get the best value for your Capital One miles you’ll want to use a partner with a favorable transfer ratio and a useful loyalty program. For more on which Capital One partners are the best and worst, check out our post on the best Capital One transfer partners.

While Capital One miles transfer instantly to most of these airlines, there are some that have a lag. Transfers to Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Etihad and others typically take 24+ hours to show up in your account, so plan accordingly.

Step 4. Enter your airline frequent flyer number

When you click on the airline you want to use, you’ll need to enter your airline frequent flyer number if it’s your first time transferring miles to that partner.

You can only transfer Capital One miles to your own frequent flyer account — the names must match.

Step 5. Confirm your transaction

You will then have the option to select the number of miles you want to transfer. You must transfer at least 1,000 miles at a time. Above that, you can transfer in increments of 100 miles. That’s pretty neat, because most other flexible points programs force you to transfer in increments of 1,000.

You can’t transfer your miles back to Capital One after you transfer them to an airline. It’s a one-way street, so be absolutely sure you want to transfer them before you click that “Complete Transfer” button.

Many of these airline partners aren’t exceptionally useful for most of us in the miles and points hobby. There are exceptions, though, like Singapore Airlines, Avianca, Flying Blue and Aeroplan. For example, you can fly one-way from the West Coast to Hawaii in coach for 12,000 Singapore Airlines miles (24,000 Capital One miles) on partner Alaska Airlines. Or you can use 25,000 Avianca miles (33,400 Capital One miles) to fly business-class coast to coast on United Airlines.

Just remember, when you transfer your miles to an airline, you’ll be subject to blackout dates and limited by available award seats — which would not be an issue if you just used your miles to erase purchased travel.

Bottom line

You can transfer Capital One miles to airlines if you have any of the following cards:

The transfer ratio to airlines is 2:1.5, except for Singapore Airlines, JetBlue and Emirates, where it’s 2:1. That means there’s plenty of opportunity to receive a value of more than one cent per mile, which is what you’ll get if you simply redeem your miles to erase a travel purchase directly.

With these transfer ratios, you’re basically earning up to 1.5 airline miles per dollar with a card like the Capital One Venture, which earns two miles per dollar. And if you use your Venture or VentureOne card for hotel stays through this Hotels.com link, you can earn 10 Venture miles per dollar (through January 31, 2020). That’s the equivalent of up to 7.5x miles.

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Until Capitol One goes to direct transfer 1:1 to the US carriers ie United, Delta, AA, Jet Blue, etc. it is not competitive compared to other cards. No games, no ratios…………….