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How Do I Transfer My 50K Marriott Rewards Points To My Chase Ultimate Rewards?

by on November 3, 2013 · 6 comments

in Chase, Marriott, Sunday Reader Questions, Video Blog Post, Virgin Atlantic

TPG reader AJ tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask:

“How do I transfer my Marriott Rewards points (50K) to my Chase Ultimate Rewards?”

As you all have probably guessed, AJ is a bit of a newbie to points and miles, and the simple answer is: you can’t.

Marriott Rewards

You can’t transfer points from Marriott to Chase Ultimate Rewards.

With all the credit card transferable points programs out there – Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest – you can transfer points out to travel partners – not back in.

Ultimate Rewards points quickly add up if you make the most of the bonuses.

Ultimate Rewards points are more flexible than Marriott.

If you could transfer Marriott points into Chase points, everyone would be doing it because Ultimate Rewards are so much more flexible. Folks who rack up the Ultimate Rewards points on Chase cards like the Ink Bold and Ink Plus and the Sapphire Preferred have tons of options for how to use their points by transferring to one of the program’s 10 transfer partners. Not only that, but in all instances, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to its airline partners, which include British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest, United and Virgin Atlantic, at a 1:1 ratio (until Chase decides to start throwing some transfer bonuses in the mix – hint, hint!).

Virgin Atlantic to Hilton

Virgin Atlantic lets you transfer to Hilton HHonors.

Some airline programs will let you transfer to hotels, like Virgin Atlantic to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio, which is pretty decent if you know how to use your Hilton points. Flying Club miles can be transferred to Hilton HHonors (at the minimum level of 10,000 miles and then in increments of 5,000) by calling the Flying Club helpline at 800-365-9500. However, in general transferring airline miles to hotels or vice versa is not a smart idea.

RewardsPlus General

Marriott announced a partnership with United earlier this year.

Earlier this year United launched a program called RewardsPlus which will provide reciprocal benefits with Marriott, so that could be an option for using your Marriott points. Marriott Rewards and MileagePlus members now receive added value when transferring points into miles and will get additional miles for travel packages. Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and Platinum Premier Elite get complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status. On the flip side, it also gives United Global Services, Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold members all of the benefits of Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status from now until January 31, 2014.

If you have an Amtrak card they will let you transfer out to some partners, but on the whole, once you have points in that program then expect to use them in that program. For more on Amtrak redemptions, read my post here.

Another option is Points.com – a points exchange and clearing house that allows members to trade one kind of points and miles for another and to track your balances and see certain promo offers – but whenever you transfer on Points.com you are going to lose value, which I wrote about last week here: Using Points.com To Combine Miles And Points – A Good Deal?

For more information on Marriott Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, check out the following posts:

Top Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

United And Marriott Team Up To Launch Rewards Plus Partnership

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  • Danny

    You can’t do it with only 50K points, but the best way to get value out of marriott points is to use them on travel packages. Essentially it lets you exchange up to 120K marriott points for airline points at 1:1 when redeeming 7 nights with points.

  • Robert

    What is it that I’d need to know in order to ” know how to use your Hilton points”???

  • jackdaniels2

    noob

  • TravelBrainstorm

    I like to save up my Marriott points and use them on their “5th Night Free” program. It adds value to the points just as does the “Hotel + Air” program mentioned by Danny but I just don’t normally stay seven nights in any one location. Five is about my family’s limit ;-) Jon – travelbrainstorm.com

  • Nick

    Can you elaborate please?

  • Danny
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