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.
- Convert hotel points to United MileagePlus miles and get a 30% bonus.
- Direct link to register for this promotion
- 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
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.