Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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Frequent flyer programs are becoming increasingly popular as airlines try to attract frequent customers and reward them for their loyalty. While this offers a wide range of benefits to customers, some frequent flyers find themselves wondering if it’s possible to transfer their reward points to another airline’s frequent flyer program to take advantage of a particular flight or reward.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your funds from one frequent flyer program to another because different programs have different terms and conditions surrounding how you earn points and what they can be spent on. However, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider.

Many of the world’s most popular airlines form partnerships with other airlines to offer flight networks that span the globe. They also allow customers to enjoy frequent flyer member benefits across a host of partner airlines, including redeeming their frequent flyer points for tickets on codeshare flights, which is where two or more airlines share the same flight.

Under some programs it’s also possible to earn tier miles when flying with partner airlines, allowing you to reach higher levels of membership in your frequent flyer program.

Other airlines that you can redeem your miles and points for

While it’s not possible to transfer frequent flyer points to another program, some airlines allow you to redeem your points for flights and other rewards with ‘partner airlines’.

Take a look at the frequent flyer programs and airline partnerships provided by some of the world’s most popular airlines.

American Airlines

American Airlines’ AAdvantage program allows members to earn frequent flyer files on flights and with more than 1,000 partners. As this company is a member of the oneworld Alliance, you can also earn points on codeshare flights with airberlin, US Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and TAM Airlines. AAdvantage members can also earn tier miles with all of these airlines, allowing you to reach a higher level of membership sooner.

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Lufthansa

Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program is called Miles & More, and it allows customers to earn points by booking flights, hotels, car rental and in a range of other ways. Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance, perhaps the best-known airline alliance in the world, so it offers codeshare flights through a number of airlines. Miles & More members can earn award miles (which are like regular frequent flyer miles), status miles (which determine your membership status and are also counted as award miles) and HON Circle miles (only available to the top-tier members) when they fly with Lufthansa’s partner airlines:

  • Adria Airways. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Aegean Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Astana. Earn award miles.
  • Air Canada. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air China. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Dolomiti. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Air India. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Malta. Earn award miles.
  • Air New Zealand. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • ANA. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Asiana Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Austrian Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Avianca TACA Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Brussels Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Condor. Earn award miles.
  • Copa Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Croatia Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • EgyptAir. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Ethiopian Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • EVA Air. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Germanwings. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Jet Airways. Earn award miles.
  • LOT Polish Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Luxair. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • SAS. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Shenzhen Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Singapore Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • South Africa Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Swiss International Air Lines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • TAM. Earn award miles.
  • TAP Portugal. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Thai Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Turkish Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • United. Earn award miles and status miles.
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Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program offers a wide range of benefits to members. Virgin offers codeshare flights with a number of respected partner airlines around the world, offering flights to a large number of destinations all over the globe and allowing members to earn tier miles when they fly. Partner airlines include Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines.

Earn more points with Virgin Velocity.

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Cathay Pacific

A member of the oneworld global airline alliance, Cathay Pacific has strong partnerships with several of the world’s most popular airlines. The members of this alliance are listed in the American Airlines profile above. Its Marco Polo Club allows you to earn tier miles on the flights of any oneworld airline partners. In addition, Cathay Pacific also has codeshare agreements in place with Air China, Air Seychelles, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Comair, Dragonair, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flybe, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, SNCF, S7 Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and WestJet.

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Etihad

Etihad Guest is the membership program of Etihad Airways, allowing members to earn Etihad Guest Miles every time they fly with Etihad or with a partner airline. Customers can earn tier miles when they fly with airberlin, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and Virgin Australia.

In addition, Etihad offers codeshare flights with Aegean Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and more.

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program is known as KrisFlyer and it allows customers to earn miles for booking flights and for shopping with a number of retail partners. As Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, KrisFlyer members can earn tier miles on the following partner airlines: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United. However, keep in mind that only some booking classes are eligible for mileage accrual.

KrisFlyer members can also take advantage of codeshare flights with airlines like Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia and many more.

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Qantas

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the best-known airline rewards scheme in Australia, offering an array of benefits and discounts to its members. In addition to earning miles on Qantas flights, you can earn Qantas Points when you take an eligible flight on oneworld alliance member airlines airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Finnair, Iberia, JAL (Japan Airlines), LAN, TAM Linhas Aereas, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, S7 and SriLankan Airlines. Members can also enjoy a host of in-flight benefits depending on their member status, while Qantas also has codeshare agreements in place with airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Alitalia, Jetstar, Emirates and more.

Earn more points with Qantas.

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Emirates

The Emirates Skywards program allows its members to earn Skywards Miles that can be redeemed for flights and other travel benefits. You can also earn miles when you fly with partner airlines including Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal and Virgin America. While you can’t earn miles on EasyJet flights, you can redeem your miles with this budget carrier.

In addition, Emirates offers codeshare flights with the following carriers:

  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Jetstar Asia
  • Korean Air
  • Oman Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways International
  • Valuair
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Delta Air Lines

American carrier Delta Air Lines runs its SkyMiles program to offer rewards to frequent flyers. It has partnered with a number of airlines around the world to make it easier for customers to earn miles. Top-level partner airlines that allow you to earn tier membership miles include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, GOL, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. A number of other partner airlines also allow you to earn SkyMiles but at a lower rate, with lower-level partners including carriers like Aeroflot, Kenya Airways, China Airlines and Garuda Indonesia.

It’s also worth mentioning that members can also take advantage of points-earning opportunities through Delta’s codeshare agreements with airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

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United Airlines

United Airlines’ frequent flyer scheme is known as the MileagePlus program. As well as flights with United, members can earn miles on flights with the carrier’s partner airlines to more than 1,100 destinations around the world. MileagePlus miles can be earnt and used on any Star Alliance airline, including Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines. Codeshare agreements are also in place with all Star Alliance members, as well as with other provides like Bulgaria Air and TAM Airlines.

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86 Responses to Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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    Malcolm | May 16, 2016

    I’m looking at joining a group mission trip to India in December. Can Qantas Airpoints be used when the group is booking thru Singapore / Silk airlines

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      Sally | May 16, 2016

      Hi Malcolm,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, as Qantas and Singapore Airlines aren’t partnered, you can’t use your Qantas Points to redeem flight rewards with Singapore Airlines.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Jan | May 11, 2016

    Hi can we convert ANZ points to Qantas or vice versa? Thanks

    • Staff
      Sally | May 12, 2016

      Hi Jan,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, unless you have an ANZ frequent flyer credit card that directly earns Qantas Points, you’ll be unable to transfer your Velocity Points to your Qantas account.

      However, if you have an indirect earn ANZ Rewards card, you can transfer your ANZ Points to Air New Zealand Airpoints, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Virgin Australia Velocity.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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      | May 12, 2016

      Hi Sally I think I may have asked the wrong question! So we have Air New Zealand points and have just opened an ANZ (bank) credit card which earns Qantas points. Can we combine the 2 please?

    • Staff
      Sally | May 13, 2016

      Hi Jan,

      Thanks for following that up and clarifying your question!

      Ahh, I understand. You can’t directly transfer your Air New Zealand Airpoint Dollars to your Qantas account and, as Qantas and Air New Zealand aren’t partners, you won’t be able to use your Qantas Points to redeem flights with Air NZ.

      However, you can use your Air NZ points to redeem flights with other airlines within the Star Alliance program.

      I hope this has helped answer your question.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Will | May 6, 2016

    Hi

    Can I transfer my Qantas Frequent Flyer points to My Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Frequent FLyer membership?

    • Staff
      Sally | May 9, 2016

      Hi Will,

      Thanks for your question.

      While you can’t directly transfer your Qantas Points to your Cathay Pacific Marco Polo account, you can use your Qantas Points to redeem flight rewards with Cathay Pacific.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    David | April 29, 2016

    Hi, for the past 3 years I have booked Qantas reward flights with Emirates in First Class PER-MAN-PER but this year I don’t see any offered seats for any dates! Has something changed?

    • Staff
      Sally | May 4, 2016

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your question.

      To confirm which seats are available, it would be best to get in contact with Qantas directly.

      You can contact Qantas on 13 13 13 to confirm this information.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    | April 25, 2016

    How can I transfer my Velocity points to Qantas Freq Flyer?

    • Staff
      Sally | April 26, 2016

      Hi Alice,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, as Qantas and Velocity aren’t partnered, you can’t transfer your Velocity Points to Qantas Frequent Flyer Points.

      I’m sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Kevin | April 23, 2016

    we are flying Business Class Brisbane to Rome + Return with Korean Airlines in July. We are Qantas Frequent Flyers. Will we earn Qantas points for these flights ?

    • Staff
      Sally | April 26, 2016

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for your question.

      Qantas and Korean Airlines aren’t partnered, so you won’t be able to earn Qantas Points on your flight in July.

      I’m sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Jan | April 23, 2016

    Hi can I transfer my husbabands air miles that he collected on his flights with Emirates

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      Sally | April 26, 2016

      Hi Jan,

      Thanks for your question.

      That depends on where you’re looking to transfer them to? If you’re looking to transfer them from his Emirates account to your Emirates Skywards account, you should be able to so long as you meet the terms and conditions.

      Skywards Miles can be transferred online to another Emirates Skywards account at a cost of USD 25 per multiple of 1,000 Miles. Miles can only be transferred if the receiving account has at least one earning activity.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Maria | April 22, 2016

    I am a member of Qantas FF but my next trip to Canada and America
    Will be on United Airlines. My understanding is that I won’t be getting
    any FF points ? United offers Mileage Plus,is it same as QFF? If so
    How do I become a member?

    • Staff
      Sally | April 26, 2016

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your question.

      Mileage Plus is a separate rewards program to Qantas Frequent Flyer. Also, as United Airlines and Qantas aren’t partnered airlines, you won’t be able to earn Qantas Points on the flight.

      If you fly regularly enough with United Airlines to warrant joining the Mileage Plus program, you can join via their website.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    julie | April 17, 2016

    Hi, Just wondering how I can use/transfer my points from Asiana airlines to
    Virgin Australia?
    thanks

    • Staff
      Sally | April 18, 2016

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your Asiana Airline miles to your Virgin Australia Velocity account.

      I’m sorry we couldn’t be of more help.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Chi | April 15, 2016

    Can I transfer my points from Krisflyer to Royal Orchid Plus ?

    • Staff
      Sally | April 18, 2016

      Hi Chi,

      Thanks for your question.

      While you can’t directly transfer your points to your Royal Orchid Plus account, you can use them to redeem flight rewards with Thai Airways.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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