(EXPIRED) 30% transfer bonus from hotels to United (60K Marriott = 35,750 United)

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United MileagePlus is offering a 30% transfer bonus on converting hotel points to airline miles. That’s not usually a great deal, but it looks like Marriott is included with this bonus — which means that 60,000 Marriott points should convert to 35,750 United miles under this promo. That’s an excellent deal if you’re in the market for miles. Don’t forget to register before you convert points.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Must first register for this special offer
  • Valid on transfers through November 30, 2018
  • Earn 30% bonus miles on all points-to-miles transfers, up to 25K miles
  • Bonus miles will post by January 30, 2019

Quick Thoughts

Generally speaking, converting hotel points to airline miles yields abysmally poor value. You generally only want to do this if you have points languishing unused in your hotel account and/or you have a pile of airline miles about to expire without some activity.

However, Marriott is a notable exception. Normally, Marriott points convert to airline miles at a rate of 3:1. There is also a standard bonus of an additional 5,000 miles when you convert 60K Marriott points (i.e. 60K Marriott = 20K airline + 5K standard bonus = 25K airline miles). Further, United offers a 10% bonus when transferring to Marriott — which puts the ratio at 60K:27.5K. This 30% bonus would be on top of that, so you should get a total of 35,750 United miles for every 60,000 Marriott points transferred.

That’s a solid deal in the sense that 35,750 airline miles are generally more valuable than 60K hotel points (of course, it depends on how you would use either).

As always, we have added this offer to our Current point transfer bonuses page.

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ktc

i was at the transfer page, it showed 60000 (point) -> 22000 (miles), even if you add 5000 miles, it is 27000 miles. with 30% bonus you get 35100 instead of 35750? looks like the 10% only applies to 20000 original miles & not to the 5K bonus,

Fippli

Hi, Does anybody know whether the 30% Bonus also applies to Marriott rewards travel packages redemptions? Normally they are 7 Nights + 110, 000 Miles with United. You would max out the offer but with 135K miles this would even be more UA miles then before the Starwood/Marriott merger…. one to keep in mind as united is doing the 30% promo for several years now. regards

Patty

When does the 30% bonus come in? I went to the transfer page and am at the last step before I press “convert”, but it is only showing the 10% bonus. Does it come in after “convert”?

Also is the 25,000 miles a one time thing? Like can I do 25,000 today and 25,000 tomorrow? Or is it 25,000 total?

Andrew B

Can one transfer 180000 Marriott points to United (thus getting pretty close to the best yield without going over) all in one calendar date, or does one need to transfer smaller number of points each day?