Keep Airline Miles from Expiring with Conversions from Radisson Rewards (or Hilton / Hyatt / IHG / Marriott / Wyndham)

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, I got an email from Radisson Rewards about transferring Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles.  I figured it would be a bad deal in terms of the value you get from Radisson Rewards Points, but thought it might be useful if you have airline frequent flyer miles expiring soon and need some activity to reset the expiration date.  I went through the transfer process to convert 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points into 200 American Airlines miles.  Trust me, I know this is a terrible exchange, but it is a very efficient way to keep airline miles from expiring (and I don’t put much value on 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points).  I then went even further down the rabbit hole and looked at other hotel programs (Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Wyndham) to see if they offered better value in terms of resetting airline mile expiration dates than Radisson Rewards.  Here are my results…

To get started with the conversion of Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles, I started here.  As you can see, 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points = 200 airline miles.  The transfer ratio is the same regardless of how many Radisson Rewards Points you want to transfer.  10 Radisson Rewards Points = 1 airline mile.  According to Frequent Miler’s Reasonable Redemption Values (RRV), 1 Radisson Reward Point is equal to 0.38 cents per point (CPP), which would make 1 airline mile worth 3.8 CPP (which is unrealistically high).  But look at it a different way.  2,000 Radisson Rewards Points would be worth $7.60 (2,000 x $0.0038 = $7.60).  In reality, I get 40,000 Radisson Rewards Points every year when I pay the $60 annual fee on my US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Credit Card, so that comes out to a 0.15 CPP value ($60 / 40,000 = $0.0015).  The new calculation would make 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points worth only $3.00 (2,000 x $0.0015 = $3.00).  So would you redeem $3.00 in Radisson Rewards Points to reset your frequent flyer miles expiration date?

Here are the 37 airlines that you can convert Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles.  I tried to figure out a major airline program that was not accessible to Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, or Citi Thank You and the program that came to mind was American Airlines.  I decided to convert 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points into 200 American Airlines miles and document the process.

Airline Program Name
Aeroméxico Club Premier
Air Astana Nomad Club
Air Baltic airBaltic Club
Air Canada Aeroplan
Air China PhoenixMiles   
Air France / KLM Flying Blue
American Airlines AAdvantage
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club
Avianca LifeMiles
British Airways Executive Club
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Czech Airlines OK Plus
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
Emirates Skywards
Ethiopian Airways Sheba Miles
Etihad Airways Etihad Guest
Finnair Finnair Plus
Frontier Airlines Frontier Miles
Gulf Air Falconflyer
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Jet Airways JetPrivilege
Kuwait Airways Oasis Club
LATAM LANPASS
Lufthansa Miles & More
Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Oman Air Sindbad
Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles
Qantas Airways Frequent Flyer
Qatar Airways Privilege Club
SAS Airlines EuroBonus
Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
South African Airways Voyager
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Turkish Airways Miles&Smiles
United Airlines MileagePlus

To get started, I clicked here and selected American Airlines from the drop down menu.

Here are the terms and conditions of the conversion:

  • If you elect to redeem points to airline miles/points with participating airline partners you will be required to verify your airline program membership information. The name on your
  • Radisson Rewards account must be identical to the name on your airline program account.
  • The points will be subtracted from your account at the time of request and it may take 4-6 weeks for the miles to post to your airline account.
  • You must have sufficient points in your account at the time of request.
  • When you select Airlines Miles/Points as your earning preference in your profile your entire balance of points and all future points earned will automatically be redeemed in 10,000 point increments for airline miles with the airline you have selected. All airline miles with this auto redemption option will be redeemed at a 10:1 ratio.
  • Any requests for changes, reissuance or re-credit of points after submitting the request are not allowed. Airline miles are non-refundable.
  • Members may only redeem up to a maximum of 1,000,000 points per calendar year for airline miles.
  • The redemption for miles is subject to all Radisson Rewards program terms and conditions and the terms and conditions of the applicable airline program.

I then entered my American Airlines frequent flyer account number, clicked the plus button next to the 200 mile option, and clicked the Continue button.

I reviewed the order, checked the box, and clicked the Submit button.

My conversion order was submitted.  I was told that conversion would take 5-7 days, but may take up to 4-6 weeks.

I then checked my Radisson Rewards account activity.

I received an email shortly after the order was placed.

I’m not exactly sure when the conversion was completed, but sometime between March 5 and March 10.  I think American Airlines backdated the date the miles posted based on when the transaction occurred.  Either way, I didn’t need the miles to post right away (I wasn’t planning on making an award ticket redemption), I just wanted the miles to post to reset the expiration date.  If I value 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points at $3.00, Frequent Miler values 200 American Airlines as $2.80 (200 x $0.014 = $2.80), so the conversion is not as bad as originally thought.  Let’s compare the Radisson Rewards conversion with similar conversions from Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Wyndham.


Up first, I could convert 10,000 Hilton Honors Points into 1,500 American Airlines Miles.  According to Frequent Miler’s values, 10,000 Hilton Honors Points is worth $45.00 (10,000 x $0.0045 = $45.00) and 1,500 American Airlines miles is worth $21.00 (1,500 x $0.014 = $21.00).  Spending $45 in Hilton Honors Points to keep airline miles from expiring is a bit on the pricey side.

Here are the 46 airlines (and Amtrak) that you can convert Hilton Honors Points into miles/points.  Some of these conversions might be better or worse, depending on the airline program.

Airline Hilton Honors Points Airline Miles/Points
Aeroflot 10,000 1,500
Aeroméxico 25,000 6,500
Air Asia 10,000 2,000
Air Canada 10,000 1,000
Air France / KLM 10,000 1,000
Air New Zealand 5,000 10
Alaska Airlines 10,000 1,000
American Airlines 10,000 1,500
Amtrak 10,000 1,500
All Nippon Airways 10,000 1,000
Asiana Airlines 10,000 1,000
Austrian Airlines 5,000 625
Avianca 10,000 1,000
British Airways 10,000 1,000
Cathay Pacific 10,000 1,000
China Eastern Airlines 10,000 1,000
Delta Air Lines 10,000 1,000
Emirates 10,000 1,000
Ethiopian Airways 10,000 1,000
Etihad Airways 10,000 1,000
Eurowings 10,000 1,000
EVA Air 1,000 100
Finnair 5,000 1,000
Frontier Airlines 10,000 1,500
Garuda Indonesia 10,000 1,000
Hainan Airlines 25,000 10,000
Hawaiian Airlines 10,000 1,500
IcelandAir 10,000 1,000
Japan Airlines 10,000 1,000
Jet Airways 10,000 1,000
LAN 25,000 6,500
Lufthansa 5,000 625
Malaysia Airlines 10,000 1,200
Philippine Airlines 10,000 1,000
Qantas Airways 10,000 1,500
Qatar Airways 10,000 1,000
SAS Airlines 8,000 1,000
Saudi Arabian Airlines 10,000 1,000
Singapore Airlines 4,000 500
South African Airways 10,000 1,500
Swiss 5,000 625
Turkish Airways 10,000 1,000
United Airlines 10,000 1,000
Virgin Atlantic Airways 10,000 1,500
Virgin Australia 10,000 1,500

Up next, I could convert 5,000 World of Hyatt Points into 2,000 American Airlines Miles.  According to Frequent Miler’s values, 5,000 World of Hyatt Points is worth $87.00 (5,000 x $0.0174 = $87.00) and 2,000 American Airlines miles is worth $28.00 (2,000 x $0.014 = $28.00).  Not a very good conversion.

Here are the 27 airlines that you can convert World of Hyatt Points into miles/points.  Some of these conversions might be better or worse, depending on the airline program.

Airline World of Hyatt Points Airline Miles/Points
Aeromexico 5,000 4,000
Air China 5,000 3,200
Air France 5,000 2,000
All Nippon Airways 5,000 2,000
American Airlines 5,000 2,000
Asiana Airlines 5,000 2,000
British Airways 5,000 2,000
Cathay Pacific 5,000 2,000
China Airlines 5,000 2,000
China Eastern Airlines 5,000 3,200
Delta Airlines 5,000 2,000
Emirates Skywards 5,000 2,000
Etihad Airways 5,000 2,000
Hawaiian Airlines 5,000 2,000
Japan Airlines 5,000 2,000
Jet Airways 5,000 2,000
Korean Air 5,000 2,000
LAN Airlines 5,000 2,000
Lufthansa 5,000 2,000
Qantas Airways 5,000 2,400
Qatar Airways 5,000 2,000
Royal Brunei Airlines 5,000 2,000
Singapore Airlines 5,000 2,000
Southwest Airlines 5,000 2,400
Thai Airways International 5,000 2,000
United Airlines 5,000 2,000
Virgin Atlantic Airways 5,000 3,000

Up next, I could convert 10,000 IHG Rewards Club Points into 2,000 American Airlines Miles.  According to Frequent Miler’s values, 10,000 IHG Rewards Club Points is worth $57.00 (10,000 x $0.0057 = $57.00) and 2,000 American Airlines miles is worth $28.00 (2,000 x $0.014 = $28.00).  Not a very good return either.

Here are the 38 airlines that you can convert IHG Rewards Club Points into miles/points.  Some of these conversions might be better or worse, depending on the airline program.

Airline IHG Rewards Club Points Airline Miles/Points
Aeroméxico 10,000 2,000
Air Canada 10,000 2,000
Air China 10,000 2,000
Air France / KLM 10,000 2,000
Air New Zealand 10,000 25
Alaska Airlines 10,000 2,000
Alitalia 10,000 2,000
All Nippon Airways 10,000 2,000
American Airlines 10,000 2,000
Asiana Airlines 10,000 2,000
Avianca 10,000 2,000
British Airways 10,000 2,000
Cathay Pacific 10,000 2,000
China Eastern Airlines 10,000 2,000
China Southern Airlines 10,000 2,000
Delta Air Lines 10,000 2,000
El Al Israel Airlines 10,000 40
Emirates 10,000 2,000
Etihad Airways 10,000 2,000
Gulf Air 10,000 2,000
Hainan Airlines 10,000 2,000
Hawaiian Airlines 10,000 2,000
Iberia Airlines 10,000 2,000
Japan Airlines 10,000 2,000
Jet Airways 10,000 2,000
JetBlue 10,000 2,000
LAN 10,000 2,000
Lufthansa 10,000 2,000
Malaysia Airlines 10,000 1,500
Qantas Airways 10,000 2,000
Saudi Arabian Airlines 10,000 2,000
Singapore Airlines 10,000 2,000
South African Airways 10,000 2,000
TAP Air Portugal 10,000 2,000
Thai Airways 10,000 2,000
United Airlines 10,000 2,000
Virgin Atlantic 10,000 2,000
Virgin Australia 10,000 2,000

Up next, I could convert 3,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points into 1,000 American Airlines Miles.  According to Frequent Miler’s values, 3,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points is worth $21.60 (3,000 x $0.0072 = $21.60) and 1,000 American Airlines miles is worth $14.00 (1,000 x $0.014 = $28.00).  The values are much closer than other conversions.

Here are the 44 airlines that you can convert Marriott Bonvoy Points into miles/points.  Some of these conversions might be better or worse, depending on the airline program.

Airline Marriott Bonvoy Points Airline Miles/Points
Aegean Airlines 3,000 1,000
Aeroflot 3,000 1,000
Aeroméxico 3,000 1,000
Air Canada 3,000 1,000
Air China 3,000 1,000
Air France / KLM 3,000 1,000
Air New Zealand 3,000 15
Alaska Airlines 3,000 1,000
Alitalia 3,000 1,000
All Nippon Airways 3,000 1,000
American Airlines 3,000 1,000
Asiana Airlines 3,000 1,000
Avianca 3,000 1,000
British Airways 3,000 1,000
Cathay Pacific 3,000 1,000
China Eastern Airlines 3,000 1,000
China Southern Airlines 3,000 1,000
Copa Airlines 3,000 1,000
Delta Air Lines 3,000 1,000
Emirates 3,000 1,000
Etihad Airways 3,000 1,000
Frontier Airlines 3,000 1,000
Hainan Airlines 3,000 1,000
Hawaiian Airlines 3,000 1,000
Iberia Airlines 3,000 1,000
Japan Airlines 3,000 1,000
Jet Airways 3,000 1,000
JetBlue 3,000 500
Korean Air 3,000 1,000
LAN 3,000 1,000
LATAM 3,000 1,000
Lufthansa 3,000 1,000
Qantas Airways 3,000 1,000
Qatar 3,000 1,000
Saudia Airlines 3,000 1,000
Singapore Airlines 3,000 1,000
South African Airways 3,000 1,000
Southwest Airlines 3,000 1,000
TAP Portugal 3,000 1,000
Thai Airways 3,000 1,000
Turkish Airlines 3,000 1,000
United Airlines 3,000 1,100
Virgin Atlantic 3,000 1,000
Virgin Australia 3,000 1,000

Last but not least, I could convert 6,000 Wyndham Rewards Points into 1,200 American Airlines Miles.  According to Frequent Miler’s values, 6,000 Wyndham Rewards Points is worth $42.00 (6,000 x $0.0070 = $42.00) and 1,200 American Airlines miles is worth $16.80 (1,200 x $0.014 = $16.80).  That is not a very good conversion rate.

Here are the 12 airlines that you can convert Wyndham Rewards Points into miles/points.  Some of these conversions might be better or worse, depending on the airline program.

Airline Wyndham Rewards Points Airline Miles/Points
Aeroméxico 6,000 1,200
Air Canada 6,000 1,200
Air China 6,000 1,200
American Airlines 6,000 1,200
Amtrak 6,000 1,200
Avianca 6,000 1,200
China Eastern Airlines 6,000 1,200
Frontier Airlines 6,000 1,200
Hainan Airlines 6,000 1,200
Hawaiian Airlines 6,000 1,200
Jet Airways 6,000 1,200
United Airlines 6,000 1,200

Based on these calculations, here is the order I would use hotel points to convert to airline miles:

  1. Radisson Rewards ($3.00 in points -> $2.80 in miles -> 93.33% efficient)
  2. Marriott Bonvoy ($21.60 in points -> $14.00 in miles -> 64.81% efficient)
  3. IHG Rewards Club ($57.00 in points -> $28.00 in miles -> 49.12% efficient)
  4. Hilton Honors ($45.00 in points -> $21.00 in miles -> 46.67% efficient)
  5. Wyndham Rewards ($42.00 in points -> $16.80 in miles -> 40.00% efficient)
  6. World of Hyatt ($87.00 in points -> $28.00 in miles -> 32.18% efficient)

I’m not sure how strict Radisson Rewards is regarding converting Radisson Rewards Points into an airline account that does not belong to you, but since you can transfer Radisson Rewards Points to other Radisson Rewards members for free, it might make sense to transfer your Radisson Rewards Points to your friend’s Radisson Rewards account and then convert the Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles from their account.

Hopefully I did not lose you along this deep rabbit hole dive.  If you have any questions about converting hotel points into airline miles, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

15 thoughts on “Keep Airline Miles from Expiring with Conversions from Radisson Rewards (or Hilton / Hyatt / IHG / Marriott / Wyndham)

  1. The Hooded Claw

    Imforma article on something useful to some people that hasn’t been covered to death. Good show!

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  2. Brant

    Great post!

    Not long ago I inadvertently let 11,000 Alaska miles expire. I’ve been traveling so much that even though I knew the deadline was approaching, it slipped my mind. I was considering my options to keep those points alive, but converting a few hotel points for even fewer Alaska miles didn’t occur to me. It would have been a good trade off for 10,000 of my many Hilton or IHG points. Oh well, next time I’ll remember.

    Thanks Grant!

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    1. Grant Post author

      I hope you learned something new. Did you ever call Alaska and see if they could reinstate your expired miles? I get alerts from Award Wallet when my miles or points are expiring soon. Usually after the second reminder (1 month before expiring), I figure out how to reset the expiration date.

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  3. saianel

    Hi grant. I hope you’re doing well. I actually think this would be the most useful with airlines like Air France who has the most restrictive rules. Have you researched this?

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    1. Grant Post author

      What do you mean “most restrictive rules”? You can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi Thank You Points to reset the expiration date.

      Reply
  4. Stefan Krasowski @ Rapid Travel Chai

    That item in their terms that they convert your entire account then doesn’t apply? “When you select Airlines Miles/Points as your earning preference in your profile your entire balance of points and all future points earned will automatically be redeemed in 10,000 point increments for airline miles with the airline you have selected. All airline miles with this auto redemption option will be redeemed at a 10:1 ratio.”

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    1. Dave F

      That only applies if the member actually changes their earning preference to auto-redeem. If they just perform a manual conversion as per the above article – no issue.

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  5. tscateh

    Is there any way to transfer airline miles into hotel points. and how inefficient is that process? e.g., let’s say I want Marriott points – is it less efficient to transfer airline miles (say, AA) than UR into Marriott?

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    1. Grant Post author

      I’m not familiar with converting airline miles into hotel points. I know it’s possible to convert hotel points into airline miles.

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