- The promotion runs through 11/30. It is run by United, so you won’t see any mention of it on the hotel’s points site or during the transfer process. As long as you initiate the transfer by 11/30 you will get the bonus from United.
- United will add 30% bonus miles for all transfers from hotel programs made between 10/9-11/30.
- You can earn up to 25K bonus miles with this promotion per United account.
-United will add the bonus miles by 1/30/19.
Hotel point transfers to airlines are mostly not worthwhile even with this bonus, with the exception of Marriott.
- Earn Marriott points on cards like:
-You can transfer 60K Marriott Rewards points (20K Starpoints) into 27.5K United miles. United will add 30% more miles by 1/30/19, leaving you with 35,750 miles. That’s a transfer ratio of 0.596 United miles per Marriott point (or 1.79 United miles per Starpoint).
Note that even 2 months after the merger, Marriott’s mileage conversion tool still doesn’t account for the 15K bonus Marriott points they add onto a transfer when you transfer in increments of 60K points, but those points will be added. The tool calculates 60K points as converting into 22K United miles at the 3:1.1 ratio (or 20K miles with other airlines at the 3:1 ratio) but you’ll actually get 27.5K United miles (or 25K miles with other airlines) for every 60K points transferred thanks to the 15K bonus Marriott points that will be added onto that transfer.
If you want to come close to maximizing this promotion you can transfer 180K Marriott points to United (60K Starpoints) the tool will say you’ll get 66,000 United miles, but you’ll actually get 82,500 United miles due to the bonus 45K Marriott points you’ll get for making the transfer in 3 increments of 60K points. United will add 24,750 bonus miles by 1/30/19, leaving you with 107,250 miles.
Another possible option is with Marriott’s devalued miles+nights travel packages. Marriott’s new restrictive terms say that airlines won’t give bonus miles for these packages, so this would be a gamble. However nothing on United’s site excludes these packages and they did work last year. 7 nights at a category 1-4 hotel and 55K United miles (plus a potential 16.5K bonus from United) would cost 255K Marriott points. 7 nights at a category 1-4 hotel and 110K United miles (plus a potential 25K bonus from United) would cost 330K Marriott points.
Will you transfer points to United with this promo?