Compared to any of the other transferrable points programs, Marriott Rewards partners with many more airline loyalty schemes, even more than American Express and Chase combined.
TAP’s Miles and Go program is currently running a fantastic sale on all award flights, it’s offering 50% off flights to any destination in both business and economy. That means you can fly from the US to Europe in lie-flat business for as little as 25,000 miles one-way or 50,000 miles round-trip — or 60,000/120,000 Marriott points. For reference, at legacy SPG rates that’s only 20,000/40,000 points you would have needed to transfer. Note that the discount only works on flights operated by TAP and not on Star Alliance partners like United or Lufthansa.
Let’s take a look at TAP’s award chart (all prices are one-way), normally you can fly from North America to Portugal in economy for 50,000 miles or to the rest of Europe and North Africa for 52,500 miles. Economy flights go for 26,000 miles/28,500 miles. That puts promotion prices on business flights to Europe at 25,000/26,250 miles and economy flights at 13,000/14,250 miles.
Since Marriott points convert to TAP miles at a 3:1 ratio you would need to transfer the following amount to TAP’s program. Remember that for every 60,000 points you transfer to an airline program, you get a 5,000 mile bonus.
- US –> Portugal in business = 60,000 Marriott points = 25,000 TAP miles
- US –> Europe or North Africa in business = 64,000 Marriott points = 26,333 TAP miles
- US –> Portugal in economy = 40,000 Marriott = 13,333 TAP miles
- US –> Europe or North Africa in economy = 43,000 Marriott = 14,333 TAP miles
The deal is only valid for trips taken in February and March, except for the blackout days of Feb. 22 through March 11. You’ll need to book by Jan. 31 to take advantage of the discounted rates.
It’s worth looking at award availability before you transfer points since you can’t transfer them back to Marriott, or else you may be stuck with a load TAP miles. Also note that it can take quite some time for a points transfer to complete with TAP.
The airline is also offering 50% discount on miles and cash bookings, bringing a business class flight to Portugal down to 17,150 miles and 235 euros one-way. Head to TAP’s website to get the full details of the promotion.
If you’re interested in earning Marriott points the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card and the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card are offering 75,000 point welcome bonuses after spending 3,000 in the first three months of card membership.
H/T: Frequent Miler