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Which 41 airline partners can you transfer the new 40,000 points Marriott Amex bonus into?

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American Express and Marriott Bonvoy have just launched a special promotion on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card.

If you apply between now and 31st August, you will receive:

  • 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months (double the usual bonus of 20,000 points)
  • Gold Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy until February 2023
Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

This is on top of the usual benefits, such as 15 elite night credits per year and a free Category 1-4 night when you spend £25,000 in a card year.

Many Head for Points readers will not qualify for the 40,000 points due to the restrictions on who qualifies (see below). However, to be clear, you WILL receive Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status to February 2023 even if you don’t qualify for the 40,000 bonus points.

You can learn more about this special offer in our article on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card from last week – click here.

You can apply here. Remember that the offer ends on 31st August.

Use this card to earn miles in 41 different airlines

I wanted to remind you today about one benefit of this card which no other UK credit card can match.

The Marriott Bonvoy Amex lets you earn miles with 41 different frequent flyer schemes.

For many of these 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.

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 increased sign-up bonus

If you qualify, the sign-up bonus is currently worth 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.  This converts to 13,333 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 40,000 points should get you at least £200 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 Gold Elite status until February 2023 and 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.

If you apply by 31st August, you will receive double the usual sign-up bonus – 40,000 Marriott points – and Gold Elite status until February 2023.

You can apply for the card here.

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

Comments (14)

  • 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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