Convert Hotel Points Into United Miles With 30% Bonus

Convert Hotel Points Into United Miles With 30% Bonus

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United has just launched a promotion, offering a bonus when you convert hotel points into United MileagePlus miles.

Transfer hotel points to United with 30% bonus

Through September 30, 2021, United MileagePlus is offering a 30% bonus when you convert hotel points into airline miles. The bonus applies for transfers made between September 1 and September 30, 2021, and you can earn up to 25,000 bonus MileagePlus miles through this promotion.

Registration is required prior to making a transfer, and you can earn bonus miles for any combination of MileagePlus hotel partner transfers, so it’s not just that a single transfer qualifies. Bonus miles through this promotion should post by January 31, 2022.

Eligible hotel partners include:

  • Accor Live Limitless
  • Choice Privileges
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • Radisson Rewards
  • Shangri-La Golden Circle
  • World of Hyatt
  • Wyndham Rewards

Should you transfer hotel points to United?

Let me start by saying that generally speaking, converting any of the above points currencies into airline miles isn’t a good deal, with the exception of Marriott Bonvoy. So let’s crunch some numbers.

With Marriott, ordinarily 60,000 Bonvoy points convert into 25,000 airline miles. The usual transfer ratio is 3:1, but you get a bonus of 5,000 miles for every 60,000 Bonvoy points you transfer.

With United it gets even better than that, though, thanks to a special partnership between Marriott and United. With this you get a 10% bonus when you convert Marriott points into United miles, meaning that you get 27,500 United miles per 60,000 Marriott points.

That’s before you factor in this promotion. Once you factor in this promotion you’d receive a total of 35,750 United miles per 60,000 Marriott points. So you’re potentially looking at earning ~0.6 United miles per Marriott point, which is pretty decent.

I still wouldn’t proactively transfer points, though. United miles are fairly easy to earn thanks to United’s partnership with Chase Ultimate Rewards, which allows you to earn United miles with lots of credit cards.

Meanwhile it’s a lot harder to efficiently earn Marriott points.

Bottom line

United MileagePlus is offering a 30% bonus when you convert hotel points into miles, and you can earn a maximum of 25,000 MileagePlus bonus miles with this promotion.

The catch is that there are few circumstances where it’s efficient to convert hotel points into United miles. The only potentially good deal is Marriott Bonvoy, where you could convert 60,000 Bonvoy points into 35,750 MileagePlus miles, after factoring in this promotion.

Still, all things considered United miles are pretty easy to come by thanks to credit card rewards, so I probably wouldn’t take advantage of this promotion.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of United’s 30% bonus on hotel points transfers?

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  1. tassojunior Guest

    Put in a transfer with Marriott 2 weeks ago. Still has not shown up in United. There are several extra out transfers showing in my Mariott Bonvoy account.

  2. TA Guest

    Would this work for a Marriott Air+Hotel package? So I could get 135k MP miles instead of 110k?
    Looking at the Category 4 redemption, so 7 nights plus 135k miles for 330k points is not a bad deal. Not as good as Starwood, but still better than converting 240k points to 135k miles and having just 90000 left to use for a week of hotels.

  3. Brian Guest

    How long does it typically take for your bonbon points to hit the mileage plus account, once you convert them?

    1. Peter Park Guest

      According to United, after the promotion ends, it will be applied until 1/31/2022 at the latest.
      So, members who are preparing for a trip now need to be a little more careful because the bonus is not applied immediately after converting points into miles.

  4. Denis Bekaert Guest

    Perhaps if you have a lot of expiring Wyndham points since they expire four years after earning them and pandemic travel has made it difficult to use them for hotel stays.

  5. arshi007 Guest

    This may get even better if you have a bunch of AmEx MR points since right now AmEx is running a promo where you get 30% more Bonvoy points, so if you really needed United miles and have enough MR points, this would be a good "double dip"

  6. Ethan Guest

    Marriott Travel Packages still work well when you have some exceptional value C4/5 hotels and you actually wanna stay there for one week (Like Le Meridien Maldives)

  7. Tony Guest

    Marriott travel packages are generally poor use of points since it made changes after the merger with Starwood.

  8. Steven Guest

    Gets a little better when you throw in that Amex to Marriott transfer offer 47k Amex to 35,750 United, but still not worth it.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Steven -- Yeah, still wouldn't consider that to be a good deal. There are very few areas where MileagePlus would be better than Aeroplan or LifeMiles, both of which have transfer bonuses that would allow a better than 1:1 ratio.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ [email protected] -- I don't consider those to be a particularly good value nowadays, since Starwood devalued them. So personally I wouldn't take advantage of that.

    2. Lolo Guest

      Tried to log in to my United account through your link and it wouldn’t accept my numbers.

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tassojunior Guest

Put in a transfer with Marriott 2 weeks ago. Still has not shown up in United. There are several extra out transfers showing in my Mariott Bonvoy account.

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TA Guest

Would this work for a Marriott Air+Hotel package? So I could get 135k MP miles instead of 110k? Looking at the Category 4 redemption, so 7 nights plus 135k miles for 330k points is not a bad deal. Not as good as Starwood, but still better than converting 240k points to 135k miles and having just 90000 left to use for a week of hotels.

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Peter Park Guest

According to United, after the promotion ends, it will be applied until 1/31/2022 at the latest. So, members who are preparing for a trip now need to be a little more careful because the bonus is not applied immediately after converting points into miles.

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