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Historically, Capital One miles have only been redeemable as “cash” points, typically for 1 cent per point. So points earned from the Capital One Venture card or Capital One Spark cards would be redeemable to offset cash purchases made for travel. A 50,000-point welcome offer meant that you could use those points to offset $500 in travel. There was no way to make those points be worth less, but also no way to get any more value from them, either.
But in November 2018, Capital One began adding airline transfer partners. Over the years, the list has changed and you can currently transfer to more than 10 partner airlines. You can transfer Capital One Venture Miles in 1,000-mile increments, and in most cases, 2 Venture Miles transfer to 1.5 airline miles. You can transfer miles to Accor Live Limitless, Emirates and Singapore Airlines at a 2:1 ratio, and there are periodic transfer bonuses, like the or .
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Here are my top four Capital One transfer partners:
The remaining Capital One transfer partners are not a good use of your time or miles. I would avoid transferring to any of the following programs unless you have a specific redemption in mind and feel you're getting good value:
It’s important to note that doesn’t have an award chart. Instead, the cost in miles is loosely tied to the cash cost of a particular flight. JetBlue points at each, and 2 Venture miles only gets you 1.5 TrueBlue miles. Here’s an example of a flight from New York-JFK to Reno, Nevada. It will cost either $174 to buy it in cash or 12,500 JetBlue miles.
Buying the flight with cash from JetBlue will cost $174, which you can pay for with 17,400 CapitalOne Venture miles. Transferring points to JetBlue to buy it with miles would only cost you 16,667 Venture miles (due to ), but you would still have to pay the $5.60 in taxes and fees. And, by booking an award flight, you’re passing up the opportunity to earn TrueBlue miles and elite credit. Generally, you’ll be better off paying cash and using your Venture miles to offset the cost of the flight.
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