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Capital One shocked the mileage world when they announced that their points would be transferable into real airline miles. But best of all, they remain focused on improving their program and adding new partners while other programs remain mostly stagnant.
And now they’re improving the transfer ratio to nearly all airlines to 1:1. As cards like Capital One Venture and Capital One Spark Miles card offer 2 miles per dollar spent, that’s an effective 2 miles per dollar spent everywhere!
There are other ways to earn 2 miles per dollar elsewhere, but there are caveats.
- If you have a Citi Double Cash Card and Citi Premier Card you can earn 2 miles per dollar everywhere and transfer them to airline programs, but you need 2 cards to accomplish that.
- If you have The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express you’ll 2 miles per dollar everywhere with no annual fee, but there’s a cap of $50,000 in annual spending.
A nice thing about Capital One is that you earn rewards as soon as spending posts to your account without having to wait for your statement to close.
Another nice benefit is that transfer can be made in 100 mile increments instead of 1,000 mile increments from most bank programs, so you don’t need to orphan miles in an airline program when making a redemption.
Here is the full lineup of Capital One’s transfer partners with their transfer ratios:
- Aeromexico (1:1, SkyTeam)
- Air Canada Aeroplan (1:1, Star Alliance)
- Air France/KLM Flying Blue (1:1, SkyTeam)
- Avianca LifeMiles (1:1, Star Alliance)
- British Airways Avios (1:1, OneWorld)
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles (1:1, OneWorld)
- EVA (2:1.5, Star Alliance)
- Etihad (1:1, No alliance)
- Emirates (1:1, No alliance)
- Finnair (1:1, OneWorld)
- Qantas (1:1, OneWorld)
- Singapore (1:1, Star Alliance)
- TAP Air Portugal (1:1, Star Alliance)
- Turkish Airlines (1:1, Star Alliance)
- Accor Hotels (2:1)
- Choice Hotels (1:1)
- Wyndham Hotels (1:1)
It’s also worth noting that 2 transfer options are ending this month:
- Alitalia (2:1.5, SkyTeam. This transfer option ends 10/14)
- JetBlue (2:1.5, No alliance. This transfer option ends 10/14)
Plus, transfers to Etihad this month will have a 50% bonus, for an effective 1:1.5 transfer ratio! That’s like earning 3 Etihad points per dollar spent! You can read more about the Etihad program and the bonus for transfers from Marriott here.
The 1:1 transfer partners are great news as you earn 2 miles per dollar spent. Avianca Lifemiles is a great option to have a 1:1 ratio for their cheap United flights. Qantas is a great 1:1 option as they can book El Al award tickets. Air Canada is also a strong Star Alliance program, now with 1:1 transfers.
Turkish Airlines is now 1:1 and is a fantastic transfer option as they can book dirt cheap Star Alliance and United tickets. Currently only Citi transfers to Turkish. Domestic awards on United, including to Hawaii, cost just 7.5K miles in coach or 12.5K miles in business class! Tickets to Israel cost just 32K miles in coach or 47K miles in business class!
Here is the Turkish Airlines award chart for one-way Star Alliance travel from North America:
|Between the US and:||Economy||Business||First|
|US, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and USVI||7.5K||12.5K||N/A|
|Central and North Africa||30K||49K||73K|
|Southern Africa and Far East||45K||67.5K||100K|
|South America and Oceania||52.5K||75K||115K|
Capital One airport lounges will also launch later this year with its first lounge in Dallas/DFW this summer and lounges in Denver and Washington/IAD to open next year. It’s unclear what lounge entry requirements will entail.
Lounges will feature local beers, craft cocktails, exercise rooms, nursing rooms, kids rooms, soundproof relaxation rooms, secure lockers, cycling rooms, prayer rooms, and shower suites!