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.
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.
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!).
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.
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:
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