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Best SPG transfer partners by alliance
I have been earning a fair bit of SPG miles and I’m wondering which transfer partner is best for each alliance? Historically, I have transferred to:
Aeroplan for *A (frequent hotel transfer partner bonuses and reasonable award chart) but I also used M&M for LH F redemption more than 2 weeks out (paid a lot more but was able to lock it in 120 days out).
FlyingBlue for SkyTeam (promo awards are great, but taxes and fees are high – should I be using Delta instead?).
American and BA for OneWorld given recent Advantage devaluation, should I be using JAL instead?
“Best” is subjective.
FB offers access to awards in F, whereas Delta does not. Delta has fees associated with award seats that originate in Europe but not the fuel surcharges that FB has.
JAL’s award chart is distance-based so sometimes it can be better than AA’s and sometimes not. BA is great for non-stop, short haul – not so great for international long-haul though their award booking window is longer than AA’s so they’ll have access to high-demand seats (like Qantas F) before AA will.
It all depends on what’s important to you. Best just to keep the points in SPG until you need to make a transfer then you can consider the best option for the particular situation.
The AA/AS transfers might be valuable since you cant transfer to them from anywhere else. Even with AA’s devaluation, rates are still comparable to other programs, though I wish they would relax some of their routing rules. AA doesnt impose fuel surcharges either, unless its BA.
With Aeroplan, Delta and FlyingBlue, you can transfer them from American Express – I would much rather transfer from there instead of SPG.
Though still subjective,[URL=’http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/06/08/virgin-australia-starwood-points-transfer/’] the best value transfer might be to Virgin America to book awards on Virgin Australia from US to Australia. [/URL]65k star points for round trip business class to Australia is a [I]fantastic[/I] deal, considering most other programs charge more than that in each direction!