According to the all-knowing / all-seeing Doctor of Credit, transfers from Capital One to their transfer partners are now live.

I wrote all about the details of this last month. As far as I know, the addition of Singapore and Emirates at a reduced 2:1 ratio is new since then and pretty great news.

The list of “launch” transfer partners is:

  • Aeromexico
  • Aeroplan (Air Canada’s program)
  • Alitalia
  • Avianca
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Etihad Airways
  • EVA Air
  • Finnair
  • Flying Blue (Air France / KLM)
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines (2:1 ratio)
  • Emirates (2:1 ratio)

I owe you a separate blog post about this, but one thing that doesn’t get a lot of attention is that while Emirates Skywards miles are inefficient in the sense that you will pay more in both miles and high surcharges than using partner miles, they also make WAY more seats available to Skywards members. So if you need certain dates, you may well be able to book with Skywards and not with JAL or Alaska.  And Singapore is nice since you can now transfer from all five transferable currencies to pool your various points for an award.

It’s not yet known what the transfer times are and I don’t currently have an active Capital One “miles” earning card since until this all happened, they weren’t very useful. So I can’t test myself. If you do a transfer, please let me know as I’ll be adding Capital One to the master MilesTalk Transfer Partners and Transfer Times page.

If you want to earn some transferable miles in a hurry, here are two very elevated signup offers:

The Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business card (learn more) is offering a bonus of up to 200,000 miles (which would become 150,000 airline miles). You will earn a bonus of 50,000 miles when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account and then another 150,000 miles when you spend $50,000 within the first 6 months. (The cash version of this card has a similar offer).

The miles earned from the bonus offer + minimum spend would be 300,000 Capital One “miles” and would be equal to 225,000 airline miles. In fact, you could have some pretty fantastic redemptions. For instance, you could use the miles to fly round trip in Lufthansa’s famed First Class from the US to Europe and back with plenty to spare. Or head to Asia in First on a Star Alliance carrier. (learn more)

And the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (learn more) is offering 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 in 3 months.  There is also a limited time offer on the Capital One site directly for 75,000 miles with $5,000 in spend in the same timeframe.

Any thoughts on this new transferable currency option? Let me know here, in the comments, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

New to all of this? My new “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available now.

 

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