How to transfer Marriott points to airlines: Your guide to becoming an instant expert

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One big superpower of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program is its ability to transfer points to a long list of airline partners. No other points program has even half as many airline transfer partners as Marriott.

You can earn Marriott points with Marriott Bonvoy credit cards such as:

These points can be transferred to airlines for award flights on 40+ partners — or redeemed for Marriott stays. This makes Marriott cards some of the best hotel credit cards and a solid alternative to the best airline credit cards.

I’ll show you how to use Marriott transfer partners.

Several airlines are only Marriott Points transfer partners, like American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. (Photo by Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock)

How to use Marriott transfer partners

You can transfer your Marriott points to 40+ airline partners, including perennial favorites like American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and ANA. Transferring to airlines can be one of the best ways to use Marriott points.

Here’s the full list of partners:

Aegean AirlinesAeroflotAeroMexicoAir Canada
Air ChinaAir New Zealand (200:1)Alaska AirlinesAlitalia
ANAAmerican AirlinesAsiana AirlinesAvianca
British AirwaysCathay PacificChina Eastern AirlinesChina Southern Airlines
Copa AirlinesDeltaEmiratesEtihad
Flying Blue (Air France / KLM)Frontier AirlinesHainan AirlinesHawaiian Airlines
IberiaJapan AirlinesJet AirwaysJetBlue (6:1)
Korean AirLATAMLufthansaQantas
QatarSaudia AirlinesSingapore AirlinesSouth African Airways
SouthwestTAPThai AirwaysTurkish Airlines
United Airlines (3:1.1)Virgin AtlanticVirgin Australia

Transfer ratios are 3:1 (with three exceptions)

Transfer ratios are mostly 3:1. That may sound like a ripoff, but it’s not. Most hotel points that transfer to airlines offer dramatically worse transfer ratios.

For every 3,000 Marriott points you transfer, you’ll get 1,000 miles or points with nearly every airline. The exceptions are:

  • Air New Zealand — 200:1
  • JetBlue — 6:1
  • United Airlines — 10% bonus on every transfer, for a 3:1.1 transfer rate

Other than these, the ratios are wonderfully simple for other partners.

Transfer rules to airlines

You must transfer at least 3,000 Marriott points at a time. That will get you 1,000 miles with nearly every airline program on the list. The most you can transfer per day is 240,000 Marriott points (which transfers to 100,000 miles or points with most airlines).

Transfer bonus

When you transfer 60,000 Marriott points, you’ll get a bonus 15,000 Marriott points added to your transfer. So you’ll get 20,000 miles for airlines with a 3:1 transfer ratio, plus an additional 5,000 bonus airline miles (from the 15,000-point bonus of Marriott points).

In other words, for every airline on the list except Air New Zealand and JetBlue, you’ll get 5,000 more miles on top of the 20,000 miles you’d ordinarily earn. For this reason, I recommend transferring your points in 60,000-point increments.

You can transfer a specific number of points

As long as you transfer at least 3,000 Marriott points, you can pick any specific number over that for your transfer amount. That means if you need exactly 1,112 miles for an award flight, for example, you could transfer 3,336 Marriott points. This is great — no orphaned miles hanging around.

How to transfer Marriott points to airline partners

Speaking of examples, let’s look at how to transfer your Marriott points to airlines.

Step 1. Log into your Marriott account

After you’ve logged into your Marriott account, hover over “About Marriott Bonvoy” at the top, then click “Redeem Points.”

Step 2. Find the correct section

Then you’ll see a section to “Redeem Points.” Hover over it and you’ll see “Travel,” click there.

Near the bottom, there’s a box that says, “Transfer Points to Miles.”

That’s the one you want, so click through.

Step 3. Click the button, baby

You’re almost there. Click “Transfer Points” to start the short process (or click here).

Step 4. Enter all the details

On this page you’ll add everything relevant to your transfer: What type of miles you want and how many.

You’ll see a drop-down menu with the list of airline partners. Select the one you want.

Then enter how many points you want to transfer. The number of miles you’ll receive updates automatically as you put in the number of points.

Notice how I’m able to receive exactly 1,112 Alaska Airlines miles in the image above.

Step 5. Make the transfer

One more button to click, “Convert.”

After that, you’re finished.

But keep in mind, there’s no going back after you click that button. Transfers are irreversible. So double-check every detail to make sure it goes through smoothly.

How long does it take Marriott points to transfer?

Marriott says:

“Please allow approximately 6 weeks for miles to be posted to your account or contact your local Member Support to inquire about express service (may be subject to a fee).”

In our experience, transfers usually happen much faster than six weeks. I’ve heard most partner transfers are done in six days or less. But Marriott is covering their bases and adding a lot of extra time.

We called to ask about their “express service” fees and wow, they are all over the place. We asked how much it would cost to transfer 60,000 Marriott points to Alaska Airlines and got a quote for “one to two weeks” for $15. The agent asked if we wanted it sooner and what our Marriott status was (Gold elite) because those are factors too. I asked how much it would cost for the fastest transfer with the highest elite status, but did not get a clear answer. I would not rely on this “express service” in any way.

The agent did tell me, however, that you must transfer at least 10,000 Marriott points with express service and most fees are stable once you transfer at least 30,000 Marriott points. But the fee varies by airline, how soon you want to transfer and what elite status you hold.

If you’re interested, you can call Marriott at 801-468-4000 to ask about an express transfer. But be warned: It’s messy. We were on hold for 45 minutes to ask one simple question.

All this is to say, if you want to transfer your points to miles, allow plenty of time.

How to transfer Marriott points between accounts

Unfortunately, you can’t seamlessly transfer points back and forth between members via the Marriott website. You’ll have to contact Marriott member support at 801-468-4000, and request the transfer. The call only takes a minute or two — it’s not a time suck like many other requests that may have spurred you to contact Marriott. However, there are a few quirks to the points program that can undermine the call.

The member transferring the points has to call Marriott

If you’re the one receiving the points, you can’t call Marriott and initiate the transfer. The member giving the points must be on the call. In other words, if you’re asking a friend or family member for points, you can’t handle it yourself.

That said, last time I called to initiate a transfer Marriott asked for no credentials other than my membership number and the number of the recipient. They asked if I was the account holder, I said yes, and they straightaway initiated the transfer. A little unsettling.

Accounts must be open 60 days before transfer (allegedly)

This one is a little tricky. According to Marriott:

You can share your Points with any Marriott Bonvoy Member as long as both accounts are in good standing and each has been open for at least 60 days.

I have found this to be an empty rule. My wife successfully transferred points to me within three weeks of creating her account. However, because this 60-day rule is in the terms, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you call Marriott to transfer points and the agent won’t transfer for this reason, hang up and call again. It’s clearly not a hard rule.

Transfer times fluctuate

In my experience, points transfers have taken as little as a few minutes, and as much as three hours to transfer. The points should shift the same day.

Each member can only share and receive 100,000 points per calendar year from a single account

I know that’s a confusing headline, so listen up.

If you’re receiving points: You can only receive 100,000 points per calendar year from each friend and family member’s account. So if your travel buddy has 150,000 points, they can only transfer 100,000 points to you this year.

If you’re sending points: You can share a maximum of 100,000 points to a single Marriott account per calendar year. So if you’ve got 200,000 points, you can send 100,000 points to two different accounts.

This may not seem like a big deal because you and your travel buddy can simply make two separate reservations with your points instead of transferring all points to one account. But remember, Marriott has a policy that gives you the fifth night free on award stays of five or more nights. If you’re staying at a swanky five-star resort, you may want all the points for a four-night stay in one account to save 85,000 points if you’re looking at a property that falls in the Marriott award chart’s category eight.

There’s a slightly inconvenient way around this policy. I haven’t tried this myself, but I see zero reason why it wouldn’t work (comment if you’ve tried).

Let’s say you and a friend are trying to earn enough points for a five-night stay. You want to transfer 200,000 points, but you’re capped at 100,000 points. Go ahead and transfer 100,000 points to your buddy, and transfer another 100,000 points to another friend’s account. Your third-party friend can then transfer those points into your travel buddy’s account, and you’re good to go.

You can receive up to 500,000 points per year

Each member can receive up to 500,000 points per year, full stop. If you’ve got six generous friends who want to send you 100,000 points each, one of them is out of luck. You can send the sixth friend my way.

Unique Marriott transfer partners

Because Marriott has so many airline partners there are some unique ways to use Marriott points. For example, it is the only major transferrable points program that partners with American Airlines. So you can use Marriott points to top off your American Airlines account, but you can earn American Airlines miles easily. So you’re better off using one of these unique transfer partners that have valuable, but difficult to earn miles.

Alaska Airlines

Earning Alaska Airlines miles isn’t the easiest. The airline offers a couple travel credit card options, but that’s it. Alaska Airlines isn’t yet part of one of the major airline alliances (though they intend to join oneworld), but it still has enough great partners to give you plenty of options for redeeming Alaska Airlines miles.

For starters, Alaska Airlines allows free stopovers on one-way award flights, this is a great way to get to visit an extra city for no extra miles. And these miles are exceptionally valuable for booking business-class awards to Asia. Here are business-class award prices with a few partners, since Alaska has a different award chart for each partner:

  • Cathay Pacific – 50,000 miles one-way
  • Japan Airlines – 60,000 miles one-way
  • American Airlines – 60,000 miles one-way

You can take advantage of these low prices and even include a stopover in Hong Kong or Tokyo on your way to/from another city in Asia.

Asiana

Asiana is a Korean Star Alliance partner airline with a generous award chart and is a good option for business and first-class partner flights from the U.S. to Europe.

You can fly one-way to Europe in business class for only 40,000 miles or in first-class for only 50,000 miles. Those are incredibly low prices, but there is a catch. Depending on which partner you’re booking with the taxes and fees can be high. Even so, paying 50,000 miles and $500+ for a first-class Lufthansa flight is still a good deal.

How to earn Marriott points

There are four cards (you can currently apply for) that directly earn Marriott points.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless has a bonus of 5 Free Nights after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. The card also earns 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott hotels and 2 points per dollar on all other purchases.

Every year you keep this card you’ll get a free night award (valid at hotels that cost up to 35,000 points). The card comes with Silver Marriott status and you can earn Gold status if you spend $35,000+ in a cardmember year. You’ll also get 15 elite night credits each year.

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card’s annual fee is $95.

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

When you open the Marriott Bonvoy business card, you’ll earn a welcome bonus of 75,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening the account. You’ll also earn 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott hotels, 4 points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, U.S. shipping purchases, and wireless phone service from U.S. carriers and 2 points per dollar on all other purchases.

Every year you renew the card you’ll get a free night award (valid at hotels costing up to 35,000 points) and you can earn another free night after spending $60,000+ on your card in a calendar year.

Plus, the card comes with silver Marriott status and 15 elite night credits every year. Uniquely, these nights stack on top of the 15 elite nights you’ll get by having a Marriott personal credit card. That means you can get up to 30 elite nights just by holding one personal and one small business Marriott card!

The Marriott Bonvoy Business card’s annual fee is $125 (see rates & fees).

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Amex card comes with 75,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. This card earns 6 Marriott points per dollar at participating Marriott hotels, 3 Marriott points per dollar at U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines and 2 Marriott points per dollar on everything else.

Every year you’ll get up to $300 in statement credits at participating Marriott hotels (including room charges), Gold elite status (25% bonus points on paid stays, guaranteed late check-out, room upgrades when available) and Platinum elite status (Welcome gift of either points, breakfast, or an amenity depending on the hotel, lounge access where available, room upgrade, including suites when available) after spending $75,000 on purchases in a calendar year.

One of the best benefits of the Bonvoy Brilliant card is the annual free night you’ll get after renewing your card, which is valid at hotels costing up 50,000 points per night. This card also comes with Priority Pass airport lounge access and a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit (worth up to $100).

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant annual fee is $450 (see rates & fees), but if you make the most of the benefits, it can be worth it, especially if you stay often at Marriott hotels.

Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card

The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Bold card has an intro offer of 30,000 Marriott points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. This is the only no-annual-fee Marriott credit card, but it has a handful of benefits.

Each year you keep the card you’ll get 15 elite night credits and Silver Marriott status. With this card you’ll earn 3 points per dollar at participating Marriott hotels, 2 points per dollar on travel purchases and 1 point per dollar on everything else.

Bottom line

You can transfer your Marriott points to 40+ airline partners.

The process is fairly straightforward. Marriott offers favorable transfer ratios and a fantastic bonus when you transfer in increments of 60,000 Marriott points to partners with 3:1 ratio, which is nearly all of them. Only Air New Zealand and JetBlue have worse ratios (200:1 and 6:1, respectively). And United Airlines transfers earn a 10% bonus on every transfer.

You must transfer at least 3,000 Marriott points at time and there’s a cap of 240,000 Marriott points per day (which generally transfers to 100,000 airline miles). All transfers are final once complete.

Keep in mind, Marriott says points transfers can take up to six weeks, although most folks report receiving their miles in under a week.

What do you think of Marriott points transfers to airline miles?

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Meghan Hunter is a contributor to Million Mile Secrets, he covers topics on points and miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels, and general travel.

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Jason
2 months ago

Can I transfer my Bonvoy points to my spouse’s Alaska Airmiles account?

BradG
5 months ago

How do I transfer Bonvoy points TO AMEX?

MM
6 months ago

If Eric is correct, why hasn’t the article been updated??? That’s a big discrepancy!

Eric
10 months ago

We can only Transfer 100 000 pts by year to any account… NOT 100 000 to one account and 100 000 to a another account for 200 000pts /yr

Paul
10 months ago

Day 4 of 240,000 points transfer from Bonvoy to United MileagePlus and still no miles. Bonvoy says now there is no expedited services (11/29). They say 7 days to transfer. Other FF blogs said less than 48 hrs, but that was for 3000 pts.

Andre
10 months ago

Transferred Marriott points to United and it took only 7 days to reach my United account.

JS
10 months ago

Transferred 240k Marriott points into TURKISH. 10 days and still showing 0 in my Miles&Smiles accounts…. Marriott said 7 days when I called Titanium Elite Ambassador rep.

I was advised against this but rolled the dice. No joy so far. Turkish will not respond even after 3 calls. They tell me they will have an answer at the end of the 7 days they allow from the time I submitted a request through the Turkish Air website ‘feedback’ form. I’ll update back here with a final transfer days update when they post.

Marcelo Corpuz
11 months ago

Great article!

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Marcelo Corpuz
11 months ago

Glad you enjoyed the article 🙂

Harry
11 months ago

Hi, can I transfer to my wife’s Singapore account?

Jake
1 year ago

You can’t transfer to Lufthansa.

mike
1 year ago

Will transfer to Southwest Rapid Rewards count toward a Companion Pass?

Kapeed
1 year ago

Hi community- can I transfer chase points to Marriott Bonvoy and then transfer the Bonvoy points to Asiana Airlines?

Sri
1 year ago

Transferred a lot of Mariott points to American airlines on June 28th and still waiting :((
Really miss SPG and the service.
They always keep telling me that they already transferred over and American airlines guys say they dont see them. Missed 2 business class flights due to this.

Sri
Reply to  Sri
1 year ago

Called them again today- American is saying they dont have a clue as they dont see anything and Mariott is saying they already sent them out.
This is such a mess compared to SPG.

Sri
Reply to  Sri
1 year ago

They finally responded after 3 weeks saying that we cannot transfer to others even though they live in the same household. The name has to match exactly. This is a little misleading from their website that you can transfer points into the same household. Does anyone know how to transfer the points to spouse/kids?

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Sri
1 year ago

Oof, that’s just unfortunate. I’d be pretty upset too.

I’m so used to points transfers occurring instantly that I could see this happening to me. It’s a good reminder to try and allow more time for point transfers to post.

Hopefully you can book another flight once the point transfer posts.

Barry
1 year ago

Transfer to United initiated 7/4/19. Still waiting (7/9). I’m Titanium. This is bullshit.

Anna
Reply to  Barry
1 year ago

Tell me about it, this is most ridiculous thing I heard, they say, it can take up to SIX weeks.
Customer service line is not helpful too.
I waited almost three weeks before I finally found someone who was more empathetic.
We need to find a way for Marriott to shape up.

Jerry
1 year ago

Can I transfer my Marriott points to someone else’s Airline miles account? For example, could I convert 30K of my Marriott points to 10K American miles in my wife’s account?

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Jerry
1 year ago

Hi Jerry,

Yes! According to Marriott’s website, you can share points with any other member. You can transfer 1,000 points or more, up to a maximum of 100,000 per year.

It looks like you’d have to call Marriott to complete the transfer.

Jerry
Reply to  Jerry
1 year ago

I guess I could transfer 30K points from my Marriott account to her Marriott account, and then do the transfer from her Marriott account to her American account, but it sounds like an unnecessary step.

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Jerry
1 year ago

Yeah I’m not sure if there’s a faster way.

Jerry
Reply to  Andrew Wan
1 year ago

Thanks!

Anna
1 year ago

Can someone please share recent points transfer to airline.
Terrible customer service and no consistent answer.
Miss SPG time.
It’s appealed that it would take up to 6 weeks for simple transfer.

Tina
1 year ago

Does anyone know if the Marriott and airline programs have to be for the same person? Can I transfer Marriott points from my spouse to my airline account? Any data points on Japan Airlines transfers?

Anna
Reply to  Tina
1 year ago

Yes, I learn this few days ago.
Wish system will warn you during points transfer.
Poor system.

Ruthann Halay
1 year ago

Anyone know how long it takes for Delta to recognize a transfer?

premal
1 year ago

Transfer your points to your frequent-flyer program, and as a bonus, we’ll add 5,000 miles for every 60,000 points you transfer to airline miles.

my question is top of 20k aa miles do we get additional 5k miles added to our aa account. and how long it will take to transfer the bonus miles in.

Chris
1 year ago

Transferred about 300,000 point to Aeroplan last week, to find that they’re basically useless. With fees and taxes, flights we almost the same price as paying cash. Car rentals bot available via points at my destination. Horrible program. Trying to get Marriott to reverse the transfer.. . Is this possible?

JayS
1 year ago

Just transferred 330k to my AA acct
, in two batches, for a CX flight in J. Marriott transfer hit my AA account about 3 days after each transfer was initiated. (March 2019)

Tammie
1 year ago

I booked award flights to/from Europe. Transfer to Air France took about 4 weeks. Transfer to Virgin Atlantic took about 24 hours. Transfer times are all over the place so beware!

Boonie
1 year ago

Peaked my interest since SW is now included and seems like a nice option. The waiting times are rough, especially when your trying to book that airfare ASAP!

Dawn
1 year ago

I am a bit confused about United transfers. Will I get the 5000 mile bonus PLUS a 10% bonus if I transfer 60000 Bonvoy points to United?

rmah
1 year ago

will this extend the expiration date of my marriott/bonvoy points if i were to do this?

thanks!!!

Eric
1 year ago

Transferred 60,000 points on 11/29/18 to ANA and still waiting!!

Josh
1 year ago

Transferred 180k points on 11/24/18 to United. Still waiting for them to show up in my UA account.

PaulH
1 year ago

4 weeks and counting now for transfer from Marriott Rewards to All Nippon Airways (ANA).
All the flights I was looking at are now gone!

CSue
1 year ago

It’s crazy. All my SPG transfers were almost immediate. Now it’s days or weeks?

Mark
1 year ago

Datapoint: Transferred 45K from Marriott to Alaska (through Marriott, not SPG) on November 5. It is the morning of November 11 and still not showing. Also did a 60K and a 38K transfer to from my wife’s account at the same time and not showing up yet either. Alaska rep told me 72 hours, but YMMV.

Ed
1 year ago

Do you know if the bonus and the base miles are transferred at separate time by Marriott? I transferred my points to flying blue, I got the base amount in 2 days and another 3 days passed I still haven’t got the bonus miles. The agent on the phone(after calling 3 times) told me to wait, maybe they are done separately….

Amy Chan
1 year ago

Good info. Thanks !

Matt C
1 year ago

Does the frequent flyer account you are transferring to have to be the same name as the Marriott account? For instance, could I transfer from my wife’s Marriott account to my Emirates account? Thank you.

paul
2 years ago

tried all last week to do a test transfer from M/SPG to Emirates. 4x failures. Today, i was able to transfer 12K Marriott points to Emirates for 4K points. I’m VERY curious how long the transfer will take. It’s a pity that M/SPG took the M transfer process as SPG was instantaneous. Will report back as to # of days it actually takes to him my Emirates account. Nice article, thank you!

Phil
2 years ago

I think your 3.1:1 ratio for United is off. If you transferred 3,000 Marriott points to United you would get 1,000 United miles plus the 10% bonus for a total of 1,100. 3,000/1,100 is 2.727:1. The lower the first number the better the transfer rate. Your number is actually worse than the other 3:1 transfer partners.