Earn 10 United Miles Per Dollar Spent With Marriott (In Addition To Usual Points)

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Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spend. The number of bonus miles you earn per dollar spent varies greatly by retailer.

While these portals are great for everyday purchases, there are also sometimes bonuses for making purchases with travel providers, which can be a great way to double dip.

For example, at the moment United MileagePlus Shopping is offering 10 miles per dollar spent with Marriott hotels. Ordinarily they offer one mile per dollar spent, so this bonus is ten times as good as usual (I know, if this whole blogging thing doesn’t work out, I have a bright future as a mathematician).

The terms state that the promotion is “not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site,” and “not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.”

Those are all the terms stated, though frankly I’d be surprised if there weren’t actually more restrictions regarding hotel brands, eligible locations, etc… but they’re not listed, so I guess we should assume there are no other restrictions.

What’s so great here is that MileagePlus Shopping simply directs you to Marriott’s website, meaning you can still earn your Marriott points and elite nights as usual. That’s huge. I value United miles at ~1.4 cents each, so to me this is like an additional ~14% return on Marriott stays.

This is very different than booking through something like Rocketmiles, where you can earn miles for hotel stays, though that’s in lieu of earning hotel points. Here you get the best of both worlds, since you earn 10 United miles per dollar spent plus whatever Marriott points you’d usually earn (and you can even stack this with Marriott’s upcoming double points promotion).

Earn bonus points on Marriott stays

I’m not sure how long the increased bonus will last (I’m guessing it might just be valid today), so I’d recommend booking ASAP. Only hotel stays booked through this link qualify, so if you can rebook a stay at the same cost then I’d highly recommend doing so.

For what it’s worth, we see a similar promotion for American miles in January.

(Tip of the hat to Running With Miles)

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Comments

  1. Does anyone know if you would still get the miles if you don’t do an advance purchase? I’m planning on staying at The Times Square Edition in July and this would be great if it still kicks in after our stay. I just wouldn’t want to loose the ability to cancel if I need to over a few thousand points.

  2. @ Kacee — If you’re going to accuse me of promoting something without disclosure (which is illegal), please be able to back it up. That’s not the case at all, and not a single one of those four posts was paid.

    I’m sorry you don’t find the opportunity to earn an extra 10 United miles per dollar spent with Marriott interesting, and that you don’t care what the first promotion ever is for the world’s biggest hotel loyalty program, and that the most expensive hotel to ever join a major hotel loyalty program doesn’t interest you. But that’s on you, not me.

  3. curious Lucky if you think this would work with the leaked news of the bonus they’re going to be doing starting in March. For instance, can I book 5 stays today, then register for the promo in a few weeks when the link goes live, and still get both this 10 point bonus from United and then also the double points from Marriott? I know you have no definitive way of saying without seeing the terms on the promo, but just curious if you have a gut feeling one way or the other?

    Also, Ebates just did a 10X day last week also which was nice since I can now do Amex points!

  4. @Rick L, are you looking at just the promotional code ‘ADP’? That’s a specific promotion separate from the MileagePlus 10x promotion.
    @Lucky, did you participate in a similar promotion before? Are only pre-paid reservations valid, or any reservations made today?

  5. Lucky agree wholeheartedly with your response to @Kacee. I personally found this post very helpful and thanks for that.

  6. Hey Lucky, thanks for the heads-up on this promotion.

    Marriott is one of the biggest hotel chains (if not the biggest now), and it’s inevitable that we’ll be hearing about them more now than ever before. To cover points and miles news and ignore any news regarding Marriott would be to cover more than half of the world in eternal darkness.

  7. Thanks for sharing. I never thought to use MP shopping for hotels!

    Thank you

    Ps.. I appreciate your blog and you’ve never hidden the fact certain click throughs might give you an incentive

  8. I have several stays coming up, one in LA next week that I booked a month ago. If the rumor is true and Etihad is partnering with United, then I might as well take advantage of racking up as many United miles as possible.

    Thanks for the tip and the story Lucky!

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