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In early 2020, Capital One added new partners to its list of available transfer options for the Venture or Spark miles you earn. Cardholders with the cards below can transfer their miles to two hotel brands, Wyndham and Accor:
New transfer options with Wyndham and Accor
Transfers to the hotel partners have the following ratios:
Wyndham Rewards at a rate of 1:1 (1,000 Venture or Spark miles = 1000 Wyndham Rewards points).
Accor Live Limitless (ALL) at a rate of 2:1 (1,000 Venture or Spark miles = 500 ALL Rewards points).
Capital One is currently the only currency that transfers to Wyndham or Accor hotels. While it’s always great to have more options with your miles and points, we don’t find either of these ratios very compelling for most travelers.
Wyndham Rewards has a three-tiered award chart, with hotels costing 7,500, 15,000 or 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night. That means you need between 10,000 and 40,000 Capital One miles transferred to Wyndham to book an award stay. Remember that you can easily redeem Venture Miles for 1 cent per point toward travel, so it’s likely you’ll be able to find cash rates that would be a better value than this transfer.
» Learn more: Capital One Venture card review
Accor Hotels is primarily focused in Europe and has a unique rewards program. Instead of having a separate award chart for points bookings, you can use 2,000 Accor points to take 40 euros off of your bill. The 4,000 miles you’d transfer could also be used to take $40 off your bill via Capital One. Since $1 is currently worth slightly less than 1 euro, transferring to Accor would get you a slight benefit at the cost of a bit of flexibility.
You’ll also need to transfer a minimum of 1,000 Venture or Spark miles at a time and transfer in 100-mile increments.
The bottom line
While additional transfer partners beat the alternative, neither of these transfer options are incredibly valuable to most travelers.
How to maximize your rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card