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

From Qantas to Velocity: Discover whether you can transfer points or miles to another frequent flyer program.

If you belong to more than one frequent flyer program, you may have wondered whether you can maximise your benefits by moving the points you’ve earned with one program over to another. Not all frequent flyer programs allow you to do this, but you can use this guide to compare your options.

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

Generally, you can’t transfer your points between different programs. This even applies to partnered airline schemes.

However, you can usually earn and redeem your points or miles with select airlines depending on the partnerships or alliances your frequent flyer program and preferred airline belong to. For example, Qantas belongs to the oneworld Alliance, so you can earn and redeem points with any of the partnered airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.

In Australia, Velocity is one of the few loyalty programs that allows transfers with its partnered frequent flyer program, the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. You can learn about the points transfer rates and the steps you can take to transfer points between the programs below.

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Can I transfer points between Velocity Frequent Flyer and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer?

If you belong to both programs, you can transfer your Velocity Points to and from Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. The point exchange rate is 1.35 to 1. This means the minimum transfer of 5,000 points from one program will give you 3,704 points with the other program. Here are the steps you need to follow to transfer points and miles between the programs:

Transferring points from Velocity to KrisFlyer

  1. Log in to your Velocity account at velocityfrequentflyer.com.au.
  2. Scroll down the left-hand navigation column and click on “Point transfers- Airlines”. If you haven’t linked your accounts you’ll be prompted to do so now.
  3. Click the “Transfer now” button. You’ll then be taken to a screen where you can choose how many points to transfer, subject to the minimum amount.
  4. Select the amount of Velocity Points you want to transfer and click “Transfer now” to complete the process

Transferring points from KrisFlyer to Velocity

  1. Log in to your account at krisflyer.com.
  2. Click on the “Miles” navigation button from your account summary screen, then select “How to use”.
  3. Scroll down to “Other redemption options” and select “Virgin Australia-Velocity”. You’ll be prompted to enter details for the transfer, including the category (“Airline partner”) and partner program (Virgin Australia-Velocity”).
  4. Enter your membership details and click “Proceed”, then follow the prompts to choose how many KrisFlyer Miles you want to transfer to your Velocity account.

You can check our guide to transferring points between Velocity and KrisFlyer for more details.

Outside of Australia, you can also transfer Avios miles between British Airways Executive Club and the Iberia Plus Avios program. As long as you belong to both programs and they’re both under the account, you should be able to log in to your British Airways Executive Club and select “Combine My Avios” in your online account to move your Avios miles around.

How to transfer points between family members

You may be able to transfer points to another frequent flyer under the same program. For example, both Velocity and Qantas frequent flyers can transfer points to family members who also belong to that airline loyalty scheme. Some frequent flyer programs also allow family pooling, so you can combine your family’s points under one account.

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Can I transfer credit card rewards to frequent flyer points?

If you have a credit card that is linked with a rewards program, you may be able to transfer your credit card rewards to frequent flyer points. For example, American Express Membership Rewards members can exchange their Membership Rewards for points or miles with partnered programs including Virgin Australia’s Velocity, Air New Zealand Airpoints, Emirates Skywards, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Etihad Guest.

The exchange rates for these transfers are rarely 1:1, so make sure to compare how many frequent flyer points you can get from your credit card rewards before you move the points across. Want to know more? Check out our guide to transferring credit card rewards to frequent flyer points.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many frequent flyer schemes that allow you to transfer points between different programs. However, thanks to airline alliances, there are opportunities to earn and spend your hard-earned points or miles with other airlines.

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Sally McMullen is an editor at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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    PeterAugust 18, 2018

    Can I transfer Cathay miles to qantas points.?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoelAugust 18, 2018Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Generally, you can’t transfer your points between different programs. This even applies to partnered airline schemes.

      However, you can usually earn and redeem your points or miles with select airlines depending on the partnerships or alliances your frequent flyer program and preferred airline belong to. For example, Qantas belongs to the oneworld Alliance, so you can earn and redeem points with any of the partnered airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.

      For more information about this matter, please click HERE.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    DipJuly 25, 2018

    Can I transfer my emirates skywards miles to JPMiles?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynJuly 25, 2018Staff

      Hi Dip,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Emirates Skywards Miles cannot be transferred to JPMiles. Skywards Miles can be transferred to another Emirates Skywards account. Miles can only be transferred if the receiving account has at least one Emirates flight or partner earning activity. I hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    DionJune 22, 2018

    Can I transfer frequent flyer points to my Woolworths card ?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniJune 23, 2018Staff

      Hi Dion,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Generally, you can’t transfer your FF points between different programs. However you can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points with Woolworths Rewards. As a member of Woolworths Rewards, you earn Woolworths points. You can also choose to convert your savings to Qantas Points, which are part of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. You may read more on how to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points with Woolworths Rewards on this page.

      I hope this helps. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    CameronSeptember 18, 2017

    Hi, I’d like to book a return flight from Australia to Germany, and Emirates have the itinerary and flight that suits me best. I have some Qantas Frequent Flyer points amassed, and was wondering if it’s possible to use them to save some money on the booking?

    Thanks, Cameron.

    • finder Customer Care
      JoanneSeptember 18, 2017Staff

      Hi Cameron,

      Thanks for reaching out.
      Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points 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.
      Read more on that on here.

      Cheers,
      Joanne

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    KatySeptember 7, 2017

    Hallo. I would like to transfer Air India points to Singapore Airlines. They are both in the Star Alliance flyer programme. Can I do this? Thank you.
    Katy.

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      JonathanSeptember 7, 2017

      Hello Katy,

      Thank you for your question.

      Unfortunately, since they are each managed separately, you cannot transfer miles or points between accounts or combine them. However, you may earn points on the same frequent flyer program (FFP), provided you give your member number to your travel agent prior booking in any Star Alliance member airline.

      Hope this clarifies.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    PaulJuly 13, 2017

    Hi there. I have a number of Delta Skymiles which I earned making a couple of trips to the US a while ago. I live in Australia and typically fly Qantas and Virgin Australia when I travel. I have a Qantas Frequent Flyer account and a Virgin Australia Velocity account. I realise that I can’t transfer my Delta Skymiles to my Qantas or Virgin frequent flyer accounts, but am I able to redeem my Delta Skymiles with either of these programs? And if so, how does it work, i.e. how does one go about doing it?

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      JonathanJuly 27, 2017

      Hello Paul,

      Thank you for your inquiry today. Unfortunately, it is both no for Qantas and Velocity.

      With Qantas, Delta is not one of their partnered airlines, while for Velocity, you can redeem Velocity points through Delta flights but not the other way around.

      You can contact the concerned airlines directly for confirmation.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    CaptJEMJune 18, 2017

    How do I use BA Avios to book a QF Rewards flight? Thank you.

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      DanielleJune 18, 2017

      Thank you for contacting finder.com.au. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      When you have enough Avios you can start spending them on flights with British Airways and other partner airlines throughout the Oneworld alliance, like Qantas. You can do all of these through British Airways’ website. You may also check other benefits through the Oneworld website.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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    PETERJune 3, 2017

    How do I transfer Hawaiian Airline Miles to Virgin Velocity points?

    • finder Customer Care
      RenchJune 3, 2017Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points from one frequent flyer program to another. Different programs have different terms and conditions on 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. Which is listed on this page.

      Best regards,
      Rench

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    TheresaMay 21, 2017

    Can my husband book me a flight using his Qantas frequent flyer points? And can he use them on a Virgin Australia flight?

    • finder Customer Care
      JasonMay 21, 2017Staff

      Hi Theresa,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Your husband cannot book a flight with Virgin Australia using his earned Qantas Points but he can redeem a flight for you or eligible family members with Qantas and most of their partner airlines.

      Please check out this link for a guide to using Qantas Frequent Flyer Points.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Jason

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    evelynApril 24, 2017

    Can i transfer my emirates point to enrich?

    • finder Customer Care
      LouApril 25, 2017Staff

      Hi Evelyn,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your Emirates points to Enrich and to other frequent flyer program. However, you can redeem your Emirates points for flights with partner airlines and other rewards. You can check our guide on this page for more information about Emirates program.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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