United Airlines is again offering a conversion bonus from select programs to miles between October 18 and November 30, 2013.
The converted points must post to MileagePlus by November 30, 2013, and the conversion bonus will post separately by January 31, 2014.
United is offering 25% conversion bonus (last year 30%), but has upped the maximum bonus to 20,000 miles from 15,000 in 2012.
You must register for this offer before converting the points and you can do it here.
Here are hotel and car partners eligible for this offer:
Converting Marriott Rewards points to miles makes ZERO sense. You should redeem for a travel package. Even if you throw the hotel part of the travel package away, you earn more miles than doing a basic conversion.
I don’t see anything on the T&C’s that would exclude travel package conversions being eligible for this offer. This would be the best option. Due to Marriott’s and United’s RewardsPlus partnership, you get an additional 10% bonus for travel package to United miles conversions. You can read more about RewardsPlus partnership here.
Makes no sense at all converting Hilton HHonors points to United Miles.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)
Most of the airlines are 1:1 conversion partners with SPG, but United requires TWO Starpoints per ONE United mile. Don’t even consider this.
IHG Rewards Club
I value my IHG Rewards Club points around half of a cent to 0.6 cents. Converting IHG Rewards Club points to United miles would be at fair value considering the 25% conversion bonus. 400,000 IHG Rewards Club points would convert to 100,000 United miles.
Converting from Club Carlson after their unannounced points to airline miles devaluation (read more here) makes no sense at all. I converted some Club Carlson points to United miles during this promo in 2012. Won’t do it again.
Hyatt Gold Passport
Terrible value again. You should not even consider this.
Choice has award occasional award sales for just 8,000 points per night (currently on-going). Converting to United doesn’t provide good value.
This is one choice that can make sense. Right now there is even a promotion (read more here) to buy Wyndham Rewards points and you could later convert those to United Miles.
You can purchase 48,000 Wyndham Rewards points for $440. You would get 23,750 United miles for buying the points and converting to miles after the conversion bonus. The price of a United miles would be 1.85 cents each and you would be left with 500 Wyndham Rewards points.
Shangri-la Golden Circle
I would pass this one as well.
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards
Seems that Hertz points are best used for car rentals than converting to United miles.
If you have considered converting hotel points to United miles, now would be the right time to do it. I would, however, only do it from limited number of programs, because it makes no sense at all from most.
You could purchase some Wyndham Rewards points and then convert those to United miles. United itself doesn’t sell MileagePlus miles to consumers for less than 2 cents each.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
MileagePlus Hotel Points-to-Miles Promotion Official Rules
Eligibility: Offer valid for MileagePlus® members residing in the United States and internationally.
Registration: To qualify for this offer, members must register for the promotion athttps://secure.unitedmileageplus.com/reg/PointsToMiles2013/index.htmlbetween October 18, 2013 and November 30, 2013 (“Promotional Period”).
Qualifying Activity: A member must earn a combined minimum of 5,000 award miles as a result of one or more points to miles conversion transactions from any combination of MileagePlus hotel and car rental partner programs that are completed 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 and posted to such member’s account will be multiplied by 25% 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 31, 2013. No Bonus Miles will be awarded if total Award Miles earned by such member from car rental and hotel points converted during the Promotional Period is less than 5,000. The maximum bonus miles that can be earned by a member under this promotion is 20,000. Note that only miles that actually post to a member’s account during the Promotional Period will qualify for purposes of the bonus miles calculation. 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. This offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus offers. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
General: 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 towww.united.com.