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How to use the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card to earn miles with 41 different airlines

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The Marriott Bonvoy Amex lets you earn miles with 41 different frequent flyer schemes. This is a benefit which no other UK credit card can match.

For many of these airline schemes, the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is the ONLY way of earning their miles via a UK credit card.

Here is the full list of Marriott Bonvoy airline partners now (you can also see it online here) and the transfer rate.

Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

For the 28 airlines in bold, the Marriott Bonvoy American Express is the ONLY UK credit card partner.  The others either have their own card or are an American Express Membership Rewards or HSBC Premier transfer partner.

  • Aegean Airlines 3:1
  • Aer Lingus AerClub 3:1
  • Aeroflot Bonus 3:1
  • AeroMexico ClubPremier 3:1
  • Air Canada Aeroplan 3:1
  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue 3:1
  • Air New Zealand Airpoints 200:1
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 3:1
  • Alitalia MilleMiglia 3:1
  • American Airlines AAdvantage 3:1
  • ANA Mileage Club 3:1
  • Asiana Airlines Asiana Club 3:1
  • Avianca LifeMiles 3:1
  • British Airways Executive Club 3:1
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 3:1
  • Copa Airlines ConnectMiles 3:1
  • Delta SkyMiles 3:1
  • Emirates Skywards 3:1
  • Etihad Guest 3:1
  • FRONTIER Miles  3:1
  • Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club 3:1
  • Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles  3:1
  • Iberia Plus 3:1
  • InterMiles 3:1
  • Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank 3:1
  • JetBlue TrueBlue 6:1
  • Korean Air SKYPASS 3:1
  • LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass 3:1
  • Multiplus Fidelidade 3:1
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer 3:1
  • Qatar Privilege Club 3:1
  • Saudia Alfursan 3:1
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 3:1
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards  3:1 
  • TAP Air Portugal 3:1
  • THAI Airways Royal Orchid Plus 3:1
  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles 3:1
  • United MileagePlus 3:1.1
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 3:1
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer 3:1
  • Vueling Club 3:1

(If we are being very picky, you can earn Qatar Privilege Club miles by getting an American Express International Currency Card, which is available to UK residents. This card also allows transfers into the Malaysia Airlines scheme, which Marriott Bonvoy does not partner with.)

You could earn miles in some of these airlines via obscure routes, such as the IHG credit card or moving American Express points to Radisson Rewards and then onwards, but the rate is so poor it isn’t worth considering.

How many miles does the Marriott Bonvoy American Express earn?

I am obliged to remind you at this point that the representative APR on this card is 38.8% variable, including the £75 annual fee, based on a notional £1,200 credit limit. The interest rate on purchases is 22.2% variable.

You earn 2 Marriott Bonvoy points for every £1 you spend, with triple points for spending in Marriott hotels.

These transfer to airline miles at 3:1, as the list above shows, so you are getting 0.66 miles per £1 spent.

If you move 60,000 Bonvoy points at once you get a 5,000 miles bonus.  60,000 Marriott points will therefore get you 25,000 airline miles.  This is 0.812 airline miles per £1 spent on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card.

For someone collecting American Airlines miles, Air Canada miles, Qatar Airways miles etc this is a straightforward way of picking them up at an attractive rate.

And don’t forget the sign-up bonus

If you qualify, the sign-up bonus is worth 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.  This converts to 6,666 airline miles.

You must spend £3,000 within three months to receive the bonus.

If you collect, say, Air Canada miles, this is one of the very few ways in the UK to give your account a quick boost.

Of course, you can also use them for Marriott hotels where 20,000 points should get you at least £100 of value.

Eligibility for the bonus is restricted.  You only qualify if you have not held ANY personal American Express cards in the previous 24 months.

You CAN still apply for the card, of course.  You will receive all of the other benefits, including the 15 free elite night credits.

Conclusion

The ability to earn miles in 41 different frequent flyer schemes at a decent rate is a low profile benefit of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card.

I also recommend it if the 15 free Marriott Bonvoy elite night credits – which is an annual benefit – are useful to you.

You can apply for the card here.

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Comments (14)

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  • Chris says:

    One restriction that I didn’t pick up on, for the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card is that the Gold Elite Status will NOT be activated until 15-Oct-2021.

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