Sep262010

Hotel Points-to-Miles Quick Guide Part 1

Hotel Points-to-Miles Exchange  

Hotel programs vary in the airline partners, points-to-miles exchange rate, static or variable exchange system, minimum transfer level of points, allowable transfer increments and the base spend necessary to earn that level of points. 

Best Western Rewards 

  • Static exchange rate 5 points = 1 mile
  • Minimum transfer = 5,000 points
  • 5000 points is equivalent to $500 base spend.
  • Transfers allowed in 5,000 point increments. 

7 airline partners Best Western Rewards (9-25-10)

  1. Aeroplan – Air Canada
  2. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  3. American AAdvantage
  4. Continental OnePass
  5. Delta Skymiles,
  6. Southwest Rapid Rewards
  7. US Airways Dividend Miles 

 

Choice Privileges 

  • Static exchange rate 5 points = 1 mile
  • Minimum transfer = 5,000 points
  • 5000 points is equivalent to $500 base spend
  • Transfers allowed in 5,000 point increments. 

14 airline partners Choice Privileges (9-25-10)

  1. Aeroplan – Air Canada
  2. Air New Zealand
  3. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  4. American AAdvantage
  5. Continental OnePass
  6. Czech Airlines OK Plus
  7. Delta Skymiles,
  8. Mexicana Go
  9. Qantas Frequent Flyer
  10. Southwest Rapid Rewards
  11. Spirit Air
  12. United Airlines Milege Plus
  13. US Airways Dividend Miles
  14. V Australia Velocity Rewards

 

Carlson Hotels Goldpoints Plus

  • Variable exchange rate

                2000 points = 250 miles (8:1)

                50,000 points = 8,000 miles          (6.25:1)

                100,000 points = 18,000 miles      (5.55:1)

  • Minimum transfer = 2,000 points
  • 2000 points is equivalent to $100 base spend at Radisson in U.S.
  • Goldpoints has the lowest minimum transfer of any hotel program relative to base spend earning rate.

19 airline partners for goldpoints plus

  1. Aeromexico Club Premier
  2. Aeroplan – Air Canada
  3. Air Berlin
  4. American AAdvantage
  5. Air France/KLM Flying Blue
  6. Asiana Bonus Club
  7. British Airways Executive Club
  8. Continental OnePass
  9. Czech Airlines OK Plus
  10. Delta Skymiles
  11. Emirates Skywards
  12. Etihad Frequent Flyer
  13. Icelandair Saga Bonus
  14. Jet Airways – Jet Privilege
  15. Midwest Airlines   
  16. Miles & More (Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, LOT Polish, Brussels Airlines)
  17. SAS EuroBonus
  18. United Airlines Milege Plus
  19. US Airways Dividend Miles

 

Hilton HHonors

  • Static Exchange Rate (10 points = 1 mile)

                                10,000 points = 1,000 miles          ( 10 points =  1 mile )

                American Airlines has 50% higher HHonors exchange rate

                                10,000 points = 1,500 miles          ( 6.67 points =  1 mile)

The higher HHonors exchange rate also applies to Hawaiian, Midwest, Gulf Air, Mexican, Qantas and South African Airways.

  • Minimum transfer = 10,000 points    
  • 10,000 points is equivalent to $667 base spend for Points & Points earner. $1,000 in base spend for Points & Miles earner.
  • Transfers must be 10,000 points increments

40 airline partners for Hilton HHonors

**HHonors has most points-to-miles transfer airlines of any hotel program and HHonors even has more airlines eligible for Points & Miles earning during hotel stays. Unfortunately, the poor exchange rate makes most other programs a better value for points-to-miles exchange.

  1. Aeromexico (25,000 points = 6,500 km)
  2. Aeroplan (Air Canada)
  3. Air Berlin
  4. Air China
  5. Air New Zealand  (10,000 points = 20 NZ points) [SPG 1,300 Starpoints = 20 points; IHG 10,000 = 25 NZ points]
  6. Alaska Airlines
  7. All Nippon Airways
  8. American Airlines (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)
  9. Amtrak
  10. British Airways
  11. Cathay Pacific Airways
  12. Continental Airlines®
  13. CSA Czech Airlines
  14. Delta Air Lines®
  15. Etihad  
  16. Gulf Air (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)
  17. Hawaiian Airlines® (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)
  18. Icelandair
  19. Japan Airlines
  20. Jet Airways
  21. JetBlue  (10,000 HHonors = 1,000 points)
  22. LAN**(25,000 points = 6,500 kms)
  23. Kingfisher Airlines
  24. KLM/Air France (Flying Blue)**
  25. Malaysia Airlines®
  26. Mexicana Airlines (kms) (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)
  27. Midwest (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)
  28. Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines)
  29. Qantas Airways (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)
  30. Qatar Airways
  31. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  32. Singapore Airlines
  33. South African Airways (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)
  34. Southwest Airlines® (10,000 points = 1 credit)
  35. TACA
  36. THAI Airways International
  37. United Airlines®
  38. US Airways®  (10,000 points = 850 miles)
  39. Virgin America  (10,000 HHonors points = 2,500 Elevate points)
  40. Virgin Atlantic Airways (10,000 points = 1,500 miles)

 

Hyatt Gold Passport

  • Static Exchange Rate with 25% Bonus at 50,000 points increments.

                5,000 points = 2,000 miles             ( 2.5 points =  1 mile)

                50,000 points = 25,000 miles        ( 2 points = 1 mile)

  • Minimum transfer = 5,000 points
  • 5,000 points is equivalent to $1,000 base spend
  • Transfers are allowed in 1,250 points increments

34 airline partners for Hyatt Gold Passport

Must sign in to Hyatt Gold Passport member account to see exchange partners

  1. Aeromexico
  2. Air Canada
  3. Air China
  4. Air France/KLM
  5. Alaska
  6. ANA
  7. American
  8. Amtrak
  9. Asiana
  10. British Airways
  11. Cathay Pacific
  12. China Airlines
  13. China Eastern
  14. Continental
  15. Delta
  16. Emirates
  17. Etihad
  18. Japan
  19. Jey
  20. Korean Air
  21. LanChile
  22. Lufthansa Miles & More
  23. Mexicana
  24. Midwest
  25. Northwest
  26. Qantas
  27. Royal Brunei
  28. Singapore
  29. South African
  30. Southwest
  31. Thai
  32. United
  33. US Airways
  34. Virgin Atlantic

 

IHG Priority Club

  • Static Exchange Rate (10 points = 2 miles or 5 points = 1 mile)
  • Minimum transfer = 10,000 points
  • 10,000 points is equivalent to $1,000 base spend
  • Transfers must be in 10,000 point increments

37 airline partners for Priority Club Rewards

  1. Aeromexico
  2. Air Berlin
  3. Air Canada
  4. Air China
  5. Air New Zealand
  6. Alaska
  7. ANA
  8. Alitalia
  9. American
  10. Asiana
  11. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  12. British Airways
  13. China Eastern
  14. China Southern
  15. Continental
  16. Delta
  17. El Al
  18. Emirates
  19. Flying Blue – Air France/KLM
  20. GlobalPass
  21. Gulf Air
  22. Hainan
  23. Japan Airlines
  24. Jet
  25. LanPass
  26. Lufthansa Miles & More
  27. Malaysia Airlines
  28. Mexican Frecuenta
  29. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  30. Singapore Airlines
  31. South African Airways
  32. Southwest Airlines
  33. TAP Air Portugal
  34. Thai Airways
  35. United
  36. US Airways
  37. Varig

 

Marriott Rewards

  • Variable Exchange Rate (10 points = 2 miles, and up to 10 points = 4 miles)
  • Hotel + Air Package Exchange Rate (10 points = 10 miles)

Higher Tier Airlines

Minimum Exchange Rate for 10,000 points = 2,000 miles

Published Exchange Increments for Marriott Rewards points-to-miles transfers

  • 10,000 points = 2,000 miles (5 points = 1 mile)
  • 20,000 points = 5,000 miles (4 points = 1 mile)
  • 30,000 points = 10,000 miles (3 points = 1 mile)
  • 70,000 points = 25,000 miles (2.8 points = 1 mile)
  • 125,000 points = 50,000 miles (2.5 points = 1 mile)

Marriott Rewards points-to-miles exchange rate doubles at highest transfer increment of 125,000 points for 10 points = 4 miles compared to 10 points = 2 miles for a 10,000 points transfer.

Lower Tier Airline Rate

Minimum Exchange Rate for 10,000 points = 1,500 miles

  • 10,000 points = 1,500 miles          (6.67 points = 1 mile)
  • 20,000 points = 3,500 miles          (5.71 points = 1 mile)
  • 30,000 points = 7,000 miles          (4.29 points = 1 mile)
  • 70,000 points = 17,500 miles        (4.00 points = 1 mile)
  • 125,000 points = 35,000 miles      (3.57 points = 1 mile)

Marriott Rewards points-to-miles exchange rate is 87% better at the 125,000 points transfer level compared to a 10,000 points transfer. So not quite double the exchange rate for these lower tier exchange rate airlines. Higher tier airlines give 100% more miles at 125,000 points transfer level.

29 airline partners for Marriott Rewards

Higher exchange rate Tier (10,000 points = 2,000 miles, up to 125,000 points = 50,000 miles)

  1. Aeromexico
  2. Aeroplan – Air Canada
  3. Alaska
  4. British Airways
  5. Continental
  6. Delta
  7. Frontier
  8. Hawaiian
  9. Mexican
  10. United
  11. US Airways
  12. Varig
  13. Virgin Atlantic
  14. Southwest (10,000 points = 2 credits; up to 125,000 points = 32 credits)

Lower exchange rate tier (10,000 points = 1,500 miles, up to 125,000 points = 35,000 miles)

  1. Air Berlin
  2. Air China
  3. Air France
  4. Alitalia
  5. ANA
  6. Cathay pacific
  7. China Southern
  8. Emirates
  9. Japan Airlines
  10. Jet Airways
  11. LAN
  12. Lufthansa Miles & More
  13. Qantas
  14. Singapore Airlines
  15. TAP Air Portugal

 

Starwood Preferred Guest

Static Exchange Rate (1 point = 1 mile) with 25% Bonus for 20,000 points transfer

                5,000 points = 5,000 miles             ( 1 point = 1 mile )

                20,000 points = 25,000 miles        ( 1.25 points = 1 mile )

Continental, Singapore, United and Varig exchange rate is 2 points = 1 mile

5,000 points = 2,500 miles             ( 2 points = 1 mile)

                20,000 points = 12,500 miles        ( 1.6 points = 1 mile)

Southwest Airlines (1,500 points =  1 credit)

                1,500 Starpoints = 1 Southwest Rapid Rewards credit   

                20,000 points = 16.5 credits or

                21,000 points = 17.5 credits (21,000 points is slightly better rate)

  • Minimum transfer = 2,500 points (equivalent to $1,250 base spend)
  • SPG Gold elite members minimum transfer = 1,500 points (equivalent to $750 base spend)
  • SPG Platinum elite members have no minimum transfer
  • Any point increments allowed up to daily maximum 79,999 per transaction per program.

30 airline partners for Starwood Preferred Guest

  1. Air Berlin
  2. Air Canada- Aeroplan
  3. Air China
  4. Air New Zealand
  5. Alaska
  6. ANA All Nippon Airways
  7. Alitalia
  8. American
  9. Asiana
  10. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  11. British Airways
  12. Continental
  13. Delta
  14. Emirates
  15. Flying Blue-Air France/KLM
  16. Hawaiian
  17. Japan Airlines
  18. Kingfisher Airlines
  19. LanPass
  20. Mexican Frecuenta
  21. Miles & More – Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, LOT Polish, Brussels
  22. Qater Airways
  23. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  24. Singapore Airlines
  25. Southwest Airlines
  26. Thai Airways
  27. US Airways
  28. United
  29. Varig
  30. Virgin Atlantic

 

Wyndham Rewards

  • Static Exchange Rate (10 points = 4 miles or 2.5 points = 1 mile)
  • 8,000 points = 3,200 miles             ( 2.5 points = 1 mile )
  • 17,500 points = 7,000 miles          (2.5 points = 1 mile)
  • 30,000 points = 12,000 miles       (2.5 points = 1 mile)
  • Minimum transfer = 8,000 points (equivalent to $800 base spend)
  • Points may be transferred in 8,000 or 17,500 or 32,000 points increments

17 airline partners for Wyndham Rewards

  1. Aeromexico (8,000 points = 5,120 km)
  2. Aeroplan – Air Canada
  3. Air Berlin
  4. Air China (8,000 points = 5,150 miles)  (1.55 points = 1 mile)
  5. American
  6. Amtrak
  7. China Eastern (8,000 points = 5,150 miles)  (1.55 points = 1 mile)
  8. China Southern (minimum transfer = 1,250 points for 500 miles)
  9. Continental
  10. Czech OK
  11. Delta Skymiles
  12. Hainan Airlines (8,000 points = 5,150 miles)  (1.55 points = 1 mile)
  13. Midwest
  14. Southwest (8,000 points = 2 credits)
  15. Spirit
  16. US Airways
  17. United

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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