How To Transfer Capital One Miles To Airline Partners

How To Transfer Capital One Miles To Airline Partners

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In December 2018, Capital One made exciting improvements to a couple of their cards, as Capital One “miles” can now be transferred to select airline loyalty programs.

This means Capital One has the fourth major transferrable points currency, after Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou.

Anyway, a couple of days ago I actually transferred Capital One miles from my own account for the first time, so in this post wanted to share my experience doing so.

Which Capital One cards earn miles?

As of now there are several Capital One credit cards that earn miles:

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit
  • $95
Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn unlimited 1.25x miles per dollar on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • No Annual Fee
  • $0
Capital One Spark Miles for Business
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Unlimited 2x miles per dollar
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Primary Car Rental Coverage
  • $0 intro for first year; $95 after that

Even though the miles are marketed as “Spark” miles on the business cards and “Venture” miles on the personal ones, for all practical purposes they’re the same, which is to say that they can be redeemed for the same amount, and can be transferred to the same airline loyalty programs at the same ratios.

In both cases, I think the “premium” cards that earn 2x miles offer a better value proposition over the no-annual-fee versions.

To which airlines can you transfer Capital One miles?

As of now, Capital One has 13 airline mileage transfer partners (and two hotel partners), which are as follows:

Capital One Transfer Partner
Transfer Ratio
Transfer Time
Accor Live Limitless (ALL)
1000 : 500
TBD
Aeromexico Club Premier
1000 : 1000
Instant
Air Canada Aeroplan
1000 : 750
Instant
Air France KLM Flying Blue
1000 : 750
Instant
Alitalia MilleMiglia
1000 : 750
Instant
Avianca LifeMiles
1000 : 1000
Instant
British Airways Executive Club
1000 : 1000
TBD
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
1000 : 1000
~ 3 to 5 days
Emirates Skywards
1000 : 500
Instant
Etihad Guest
1000 : 1000
~ 12 to 24 hours
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
1000 : 750
~ 24 to 48 hours
Finnair Plus
1000 : 1000
Instant
JetBlue TrueBlue
1000 : 750
Instant
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1000 : 750
~ 24 to 48 hours
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
1000 : 500
~ 24 to 48 hours
TAP Miles&Go
1000 : 1000
TBD
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
1000 : 750
TBD
Wyndham Rewards
1000 : 1000
TBD
Capital One Transfer Ratios & Times

While there are lots of great ways to redeem Capital One miles, I’d say my favorite transfer partners are Air Canada Aeroplan, Air France-KLM Flying Blue, Avianca LifeMiles, and Etihad Guest.

How do you transfer Capital One miles to airlines?

I just transferred some miles for the first time, and wanted to outline what the process was like. I needed some Air France-KLM Flying Blue miles, so that’s where I transferred the points. The process was really easy.

First I logged into my Capital One account, which brought me to a dashboard showing my recent transactions, account balance, and my reward miles balance. To transfer miles, click on the “Rewards Miles” prompt.

You’ll then be brought to a page with a banner about transferring your miles.

If you scroll down you’ll see various ways you can redeem your miles, and among those is the “Transfer Your Rewards” option, which is what you’ll want to click.

That will then display all the Capital One loyalty partner programs.

There will then be a pop-up asking you to enter the membership number for the account you want to transfer to. Note that you can only transfer miles to a frequent flyer account in the name of the primary cardmember, so that person’s name will appear there, and can’t be changed.

Then you’ll be asked how many Capital One miles you want to transfer. Note that the number you’re entering is the number of Capital One miles you want to transfer, and not the number of airline miles you want to receive (since the ratio isn’t 1:1).

I needed 72,000 Flying Blue miles, so I transferred 97,000 Capital One miles. The next page confirmed that the transfer was successful.

I immediately logged into my Flying Blue account, and saw that the miles had already been deposited there. Awesome!

Note that transfers to most, but not all, partners are instant.

Meanwhile I also received an email from Capital One confirming that the transfer was instant.

Can you combine Spark & Venture miles?

Yes!  You can combine the points you earn on any card. That’s to say that you can transfer your Spark miles to your Venture account, or vice versa.

You can do this directly on Capital One’s website under the “Rewards” section. There you’ll want to select the “Share Your Rewards” button.

Then you’ll want to select the “one of my accounts” choice, so you can combine your miles.

Can you transfer Spark & Venture miles to others?

If you have any of the four cards earning Capital One “miles,” you can transfer your miles to anyone else’s Spark or Venture account.

It doesn’t need to be a family member, there are no limits on how many miles you can transfer to others, and the miles don’t expire any sooner.

In order to take advantage of this you need to phone up Capital One, as this isn’t a feature that’s available online just yet.

Bottom line

I’m thrilled to see that Capital One has introduced the fourth transferrable points currency, and as an added bonus, the process of transferring Capital One miles to Air France-KLM Flying Blue was really easy.

If you’ve transferred Capital One miles to an airline partner, what was your experience like?

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  1. DJ

    Ok, seriously, does anyone find ANY value from KLM's terrible program? As an example Europe to South East Asia on Skyteam redemption from Korean air is 115,000 miles return whereas through, KLM, it's 115,000 miles ONE WAY. FOR THE SAME FLIGHTS? Lucky, can you help me demystify why Flying Blue is not a total waste of miles? Their stupid promos are only for second tier US and Canada cities anyway

  2. ktc

    the public offer is 50k, while last Apr they targeted customers for 100k. Hoping to see that returns, of course that was before it became transferable.

  3. Jordan

    Do not try to transfer Capital
    One miles to Avianca! I received the confirm last week from capital one that they transferred AND posted and now getting the run around between avianca and capital one - no miles and it’s been a week! Amex has gone so far as to suspend transfers because Avianca IT is unstable.

  4. PJ

    Has anyone tried sharing miles with another Capital One account holder by calling in? I was wondering how easy it is. Do both parties need to be on the phone? Presumably, just the one giving the miles, right?

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DJ

Ok, seriously, does anyone find ANY value from KLM's terrible program? As an example Europe to South East Asia on Skyteam redemption from Korean air is 115,000 miles return whereas through, KLM, it's 115,000 miles ONE WAY. FOR THE SAME FLIGHTS? Lucky, can you help me demystify why Flying Blue is not a total waste of miles? Their stupid promos are only for second tier US and Canada cities anyway

ktc

the public offer is 50k, while last Apr they targeted customers for 100k. Hoping to see that returns, of course that was before it became transferable.

Jordan

Do not try to transfer Capital One miles to Avianca! I received the confirm last week from capital one that they transferred AND posted and now getting the run around between avianca and capital one - no miles and it’s been a week! Amex has gone so far as to suspend transfers because Avianca IT is unstable.

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