Points Transfer Times (2021)

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Most transfers from Membership Rewards and Ultimate Rewards and some transfers from ThankYou Rewards are nearly instantaneous. Other transfers require days, or even weeks, to complete.

Many non-instantaneous transfer requests are processed in batches. If you get lucky, your transfer request will occur just before the next batch is processed, and the transfer will be completed quickly. If you are unlucky, you may need to wait much longer.

With any transfer, there is always the possibility of some sort of hiccup. So, even if the table indicates that a transfer will happen instantly, there is a small chance it will take some time. Don’t absolutely count on transfers occurring by the time indicated below.

Airline Membership Rewards Ultimate Rewards ThankYou Rewards Venture
Aer Lingus Instant Instant via British Airways
Aeromexico Up to 1 week Instant Instant
Air Canada (Aeroplan) Instant Instant Instant
Air France / KLM (Flying Blue) Instant Instant Instant Instant
Alitalia Instant Instant
American 1-2 days*
ANA 2-3 days
Avianca Instant Instant Instant
British Airways Instant Instant Instant
Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles) Instant Instant Up to a week
Delta Instant
Emirates Instant Instant Instant Instant
Etihad Instant Instant 1 day
EVA 1-3 days 1-2 days
Finnair Instant
Hawaiian Instant
Iberia 1 day Instant Via British Airways
Jet Blue Instant Instant Instant Instant
Malaysia 1-2 days
Qantas Instant 1-2 days 1 day
Qatar 1-2 days
Singapore 1-2 days 1-2 days 1-2 days 1-2 days
Southwest Instant
TAP Portugal TBD
Thai Up to 1 week
Turkish 1-2 days 1-2 days
United Instant
Virgin Atlantic Instant Instant Instant

* The ability to transfer ThankYou points to American Airlines is billed as a limited-time capability, expiring on November 13th, 2021. Hopefully, they will extend this ability or make it permanent.

Transfers from Marriott usually take at least a few days and some transfers can take a week or more. This causes a major problem when trying to use your points. By the time the points transfer to the frequent flyer program, the award space may no longer be available. If so, you won't get the tickets you wanted, and your points will be "trapped" in that program (as you can't transfer them back). For the best available information on Marriott transfer times, check out this article from The Points Guy.

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