United has just launched a potentially lucrative bonus when you transfer hotel points to MileagePlus.
Transfer Hotel Points To United With 30% Bonus
Through November 30, 2019, United MileagePlus is offering a 30% bonus when you convert hotel points into airline miles. The bonus applies for transfers made between October 9 and November 30, 2019, 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 30, 2020.
Eligible hotel partners include:
- Choice Privileges
- IHG Rewards Club
- Le Club AccorHotels
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Radisson Rewards
- Shangri-La Golden Circle
- World of Hyatt
- Wyndham Rewards
This is a promotion United seems to offer around the same time every year.
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.
Transfer Marriott Points To United
With Marriott, ordinarily 60,000 Bonvoy points convert into 25,000 airline miles. The usual transfer bonus is actually 3:1, but you get a 5,000 mile bonus 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 their 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.
Radisson Rewards Has A 50% Bonus
Radisson Rewards is offering a 50% bonus when you transfer points to United by November 26, 2019.
Radisson Rewards points usually convert into United miles at a 10:1 ratio, so when you stack the 50% bonus and then the 30% bonus, you’re looking at a total of a 95% bonus (because you earn the 30% bonus on the total amount, factoring in the 50% bonus).
In other words, 10 Radisson Rewards points would convert into 1.95 United miles. I value Radisson Rewards points at ~0.4 cents each, so I still wouldn’t consider that to be a great deal, though it’s also not a bad option for cashing out Radisson points.
United has brought back their hotel transfer bonus. In reality this is generally only going to be a good deal if you’re looking to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points.
Thanks to a further Radisson Rewards promo, it could be worth transferring those points as well.
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?