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How to Transfer Air Miles

Updated March 28, 2017

Perhaps you have just under the needed amount of miles on your preferred airline for a free ticket and want to transfer miles from another airline's frequent flyer account to get this ticket. Whatever the reason, it is possible to transfer air miles from one carrier club to another, provided they have a partner agreement. You cannot transfer these miles directly from one to another. You must use a third party broker to arrange the transfer. Online sites are available to arrange this transfer.

Log onto any major search engine online. Enter "transfer air miles" and choose a transfer broker from the selection. An example of this service is the Mileage Calculator at WebFlyer (see Resources).

Enter your desired air-mile program/airline you want to transfer from and the program you wish to transfer to.

Read the pathways for transferring the miles when the screen comes up. Be prepared to see a back-end ratio for your transferred miles. For example, using the WebFlyer transfer calculator, an exchange between 5,000 American AATravel miles to Delta Skymiles yields 1,000 Delta miles.

Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the air miles transfer, should you wish to take the transfer mileage hit.

Things You'll Need

  • Frequent flyer account numbers
  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Printer
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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.