Marriott is ending its 5,000-mile transfer bonus for a fourth airline program

Editor’s note: We have updated this article because Marriott will also be discontinuing the transfer bonus for Korean Air.


The Marriott Bonvoy program has many airline transfer partners. These transfer partners include some programs for which Marriott may be your only option if you want to transfer rewards into the program to reserve an award.

Until recently, you would earn 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points you transfer from Marriott to partner airlines. Therefore, transferring 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to most members would earn you 25,000 miles.

But in October, some Marriott Bonvoy members received emails saying, “Change is in the air. As of October 31, 2022, the incentive of 5,000 bonus points for miles with American Airlines will end.” At the time, a Marriott spokesperson told TPG that the bonus of 5,000 miles for every 60,000 points transferred was also ending for Avianca LifeMiles and Delta SkyMiles.

We hoped this was it. But today, Frequent Miler reported that the 5,000 miles per 60,000 points transferred bonus will end for Korean Air on December 1, 2022. We contacted Marriott, who confirmed this information, but said they currently do not plan to end the bonus. for any other airline.

Related: Here’s what you need to know before you transfer Marriott points to airline miles

Analysis of this change

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It is frustrating that Marriott does not communicate this change on their website. Marriott’s transfer page includes a note that reads, “5,000 bonus miles offer does not apply to American Airlines AAdvantage, Avianca LifeMiles, and Delta SkyMiles.” But there is no mention of the end of the bonus for transfers to Korean Air. Instead, Marriott is notifying members via email that they previously transferred points to affected partners.

A Marriott spokesman said it does not plan to discontinue the bonus for any other airlines. But since Marriott is announcing the removal of the bonus for each airline separately, I expect we’ll continue to see more airlines added to the transfer list that won’t earn a 5,000 bonus mile per 60,000 Marriott points transferred as the months go on. .

Since Marriott Bonvoy has lowered its award price caps for stays in 2023 and beyond, some loyalists may find more value in transferring Marriott points to airlines. As such, it’s a bummer to see yet another partner airline added to the list of partners that won’t benefit from the 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points transferred.

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For those who transfer Marriott points to Korean, this is a clear devaluation of Marriott Bonvoy points. The Korean Airlines SkyPass program doesn’t provide the value it used to, but it’s still one of the best ways to book Korean Airlines flights with points. No other points program carries over to Korean either, making this change particularly painful for frequent Korean Air flyers.

Related: How I’m Spending Over 5 Million Marriott Bonvoy Points

Bottom line

It’s never good to see a loyalty program take away benefits enjoyed by its members. Unfortunately, I suspect more shows will lose this bonus in the coming months and years.

On the plus side, you can transfer points from other programs to American, Avianca, and Delta:

If you plan to transfer points from Marriott Bonvoy to Korean Air, I recommend doing so before December 1, 2022. If you receive an email from Marriott about the end of the bonus for other airlines in the future, please consider forwarding it to tips@thepointsguy.com.

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