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US Airline Baseline Mile Values & Transfer Partners

Philly and I used American AAdvantage miles to fly business class to visit the Amalfi Coast!

US Airline Baseline Mile Values & Transfer Partners

US Airline Mileage ProgramBaseline Value
(Cents Per Mile)
Transfer Partners
(All 1:1 unless otherwise shown)
(SPG 20k:25k with bonus)
Alaska Mileage Plan1.5Marriott (3:1)
American AAdvantage1.25Marriott (3:1)
Delta SkyMiles1.2Amex MR; Marriott (3:1)
Frontier EarlyReturnsMarriott (3:1)
HawaiianAmex MR; Marriott (3:1)
JetBlue TrueBlue1.3Chase UR; Amex MR (250:200); Citi TYP (1,000:800)
Southwest Rapid Rewards1.3Chase UR; Marriott (3:1)
Spirit (Free Spirit)
United MileagePlus1.4Chase UR

Discussion of US Airline Mile Values

When you are earning points and miles and considering possible redemptions, it is critically important to have a general understanding of the value of those points and miles.  All points and miles are not created equal!

To help readers with a sense of point and mile values, Middle Age Miles provides a baseline value for all major points and miles currencies.  This article focuses on airline miles in the loyalty programs of the major US-based airlines – Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.

We firmly believe that precision in assigning values is impossible, as different miles have different values according to a traveler’s priorities, and reasonable methods of calculating value can vary widely.  Our values, therefore, are focused on assigning a “baseline” value to each points and miles currency – that is, a value that readers should be able to generally obtain without too much trouble, as a baseline.  Actual redemption values may be significantly higher than these baselines, depending on the quality of the redemption (or dramatically lower, for the uninformed!).  There is no pure mathematical formula for these baseline valuations; rather, Middle Age Miles uses its research in the industry and its experience in formulating its values.

In addition, the major credit card points currencies from Amex (Membership Rewards), Chase (Ultimate Rewards) and Citi (Thank You Points) can be transferable to specific airline mileage programs.  Also, one hotel points currency, SPG Starpoints, can be transferred to Alaska, American, and Delta at reasonable rates.  Specifically, SPG Starpoints transfer to these airlines at a 1:1 ratio, with a 5,000 point bonus if 20,000 Starpoints are transferred – that is, 20,000 Starpoints can become 25,000 miles in the Alaska, American and Delta loyalty programs.

Knowing which credit card points can be transferred to which airline can be crucial to obtaining the best value for your credit card points.  We hope you find our chart of US Airline Baseline Point Values & Transfer Partners to be a valuable at-a-glance resource.

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