United Airlines has brought back its hotel points to airline miles conversion bonus for transfers made between October 12 – November 30, 2016.
United is offering 25% conversion bonus for combined transfers
of 5,000 miles or more and has capped the bonus miles at 20,000.
You must register for this offer and can do it here.
Note that United Airlines will give 40% bonus for transfers from Club Carlson and 50% from Choice Privileges.
Eligible Conversion Partners:
It doesn’t make any sense to convert Marriott Rewards points to airline miles without going to travel package route that can get you a 7 day reward at a hotel + 120,000 airline miles for 270,000 Marriott Rewards points. I recently wrote about Travel Packages here.
If you redeem a Travel Package at the 120,000 MileagePlus level, the Rewards Plus partnership will bump it up by 10% and then you will get the maximum 20,000 bonus miles under this offer for a total of 152,000 MileagePlus miles.
The conversion rate of Hilton HHonors to United Airlines MileagePlus miles is 10:1. Doesn’t make any sense. You can access Hilton’s page for points to miles conversions here.
Wyndham Rewards devalued the points to miles conversion by 100% last year. You can now convert 5 points for an airline miles. You can access Wyndham Rewards web page for points to miles conversions here.
You can redeem 5,000 Choice Privileges points for 1,000 airline miles.You can access Choice’s web page for these conversions here.
Hyatt Gold Passport
You can convert Hyatt Gold Passport points to airline miles at the 2.5:1 ratio. Conversions of 50,000 points to miles receive 5,000 bonus miles. You can access Hyatt’s web page for conversions here.
100,000 Club Carlson points converts to 10,000 airline miles that is extremely poor value.
IHG Rewards Club
You can redeem 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points to 2,000 United MileagePlus miles. You can access IHG’s web page for conversions here.
Shangri-la Golden Circle
You can convert Golden Circle points at 1:1 ratio starting at 2,500 minimum points. You can access Golden Circle’s page for conversions here.
Converting from SPG makes absolutely no sense at all because you would need 2 Starpoints per 1 United mile. You can convert your SPG Starpoints to Marriott Rewards points at 1:3 ratio. 90,000 Starpoints would yield 270,000 Marriott Rewards points that is enough for 152,000 United Airlines miles + one week at category 1 – 5 Marriott properties.
Considering how devalued most of these hotel points to airline miles conversion have become and the UA’s award chart changes, the best value is to use hotel points to actual hotel stays.
I am, however, big fan of using Marriott Rewards points for Travel Packages. Redeeming a 270,000 Marriott Rewards points travel package, would get you one week at Cat 1-5 hotels and 152,000 United miles. I will probably redeem another Travel Package during this promotion (issued one earlier this year).
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Registration: To qualify for this offer, members must register for the promotion at www.united.com/pointstomiles between October 12, 2016 and November 30, 2016 (“Promotional Period”).
Qualifying Activity: A member must earn award miles as a result of one or more points to miles conversion transactions from any combination of MileagePlus hotel partner programs that offer a points to miles transfer program that are conducted during the Promotional Period (“Qualifying Activity”) in order to qualify for MileagePlus Hotel Points-to-Miles bonus miles (“Bonus Miles”).
Posting of Promotional Miles: At the conclusion of the promotion, all miles earned by each member from Qualifying Activity will be multiplied by 25% (with exception of miles earned from Qualifying Activity with Club Carlson, which will instead be multiplied by 40%, and miles earned from Qualifying Activity with Choice Privileges, which will instead be multiplied by 50%, in each case without duplication of bonuses) to determine the eligible bonus up to a maximum of 20,000 Bonus Miles. Bonus Miles will be credited into the member’s account on or before January 30, 2017.The maximum bonus miles that can be earned by a member under this promotion is 20,000. MileagePlus will not be responsible for technical problems with partner miles postings, or failures or delays in miles postings by hotel partners, that would render any points to miles converted as ineligible under this promotion.
General: This offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus offers. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program, including without limitation the Premier® program (the “MileagePlus Program”), which are expressly incorporated herein. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus Program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus Program at any time and without notice. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products or services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count toward qualification for Premier status unless expressly stated otherwise. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the MileagePlus Program. All calculations made in connection with the MileagePlus Program, including without limitation with respect to the accumulation of mileage and the satisfaction of the qualification requirements for Premier status, will be made by United Airlines and MileagePlus in their discretion and such calculations will be considered final. Information in this communication that relates to the MileagePlus Program does not purport to be complete or comprehensive and may not include all of the information that a member may believe is important, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to all of the information on the united.com website and the MileagePlus Program rules. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus Program, go to www.united.com.