30% Bonus: Convert Hotel Points Into United Miles

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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.

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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.

Bottom Line

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?

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Comments
  1. With dynamic pricing coming to United, what’s worth more – 240,000 Marriott points or 143,000 United Miles… Under the old system, a round trip business class flight (or two one-way tickets) would be a clear winner… However, taking a glance at some availability next year, while you may be able to get 60-70K saver flights to Europe in business, most availability seems to be in the 130K range. I’d rather have five nights in a 60,000 point Marriott hotel (4 nights + 1 night free) than just one business class flight across the pond…

  2. @ Ben — Oh, how I wish I had taken advantage of the 50% bonus from IHG to UA last year. I have WAY WAY WAY too many IHG points, but 30% isn’t enough to entice me to transfer…

  3. I don’t know about transfers to United but it must be a waste of about $200 buying Marriott Bonvoy points even with their present 30% discount as 60,000 points costs around $750 AU and I can buy 25,000 Velocity points for $523,13. Please tell me if I’m wrong here. Am I missing something?

  4. Rafa – I’m seeing 135K on United starting next March for biz class to Europe – these seem to be non-Saver awards both on UA metal and on partners. I’m not familiar with how often UA releases saver inventory though, so I could be off base. I am primarily interested in business class to Europe, and my opinion is that all three major programs are increasingly expensive for those kind of redemptions. Honestly BA and AF, even with their surcharges, look increasingly attractive

  5. Hoping for this to come along, since I’ve run through my United miles due to an upcoming trip for two from NYC to Seoul and Taipei in J. I received a targeted offer from AMEX earlier in the year (I’m pretty sure you wrote about it) for an extra 25,000 Marriott points for every $25,000 spent on AMEX Bonvoy, up to $100,000. So in that case, I should be able to put $60,000 on the AMEX Bonvoy credit card to get 180,000 Marriott points, which would translate into 107,250 United miles, or one dollar = 1.7875 United miles (assuming I spend $75,000 and use the remaining points for Marriott stays or something else). That beats one dollar = 1.5 United miles on my Freedom Unlimited/Sapphire Reserve combination. As for dynamic pricing concerns, IN THEORY, that should not affect awards on Star Alliance partners with no segments on United.

  6. I’ll probably do this deal. UA has upped their game, and if you are SFO-based, they are your only decent domestic option, as neither DL nor AA have much presence.

  7. I did end up buying 13,000 Bonvoy points for $113 so I could top off my existing Bonvoy points to take advantage of this deal to transfer to UA to buy a RT ticket to Europe with an excursion leg. Well worth it in my opinion.

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