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In addition to the current 50% share/transfer miles bonus that US Airways is having at the moment, the airline is also offering a 50% bonus on hotel points that you convert into US Airways Dividend miles. Before you get too excited and start transferring tons of Starwood points to US Airways miles, SPG is not participating in this bonus, which is too bad since 20,000 Starwood points would have been converted into 37,500 US Airways miles under the terms of this promo.

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You don’t have to register – the bonus is coded into the hotel point transfer page, and the promotion is running through April 30.

US Airways is partners with the following hotels, and you’ll get miles at the following conversion rates:

Best Western Rewards: 1,000 miles for 5,000 points (5 points : 1 mile)

Choice Privileges: 1,000 miles for 5,000 points (5 points : 1 mile)

Club Carlson: Points vary

Hilton HHonors: 850 miles for 10,000 points (11.8 points : 1 mile)

Marriott: Conversion rates vary between 5 points : 1 mile and 2.5 points: 1 mile depending on how many you convert

Priority Club: 2,000 miles for 10,000 points (5 points : 1 mile)

Wyndham Rewards: Points vary

La Quinta Returns: 1,000 miles for 6,000 points or 2,000 miles for 10,000 points (between 6:1 and 5:1)

There are a couple of points from the terms and conditions to note, though.

First, the activity date of your conversion must occur between April 1-April 30, 2013, though the T&C  also say that “the last date that activity from a qualifying partner can be received by US Airways for bonus miles consideration is April 10, 2013, regardless of the eligible activity date for such activity.” So that’s a bit confusing, and I’d say to be safe, convert your points before April 10.

The T&C also state that Dividend members can earn only one bonus when they transfer hotel points into Dividend miles during the promotion, so it sounds like you can only make one transfer that will be eligible for the bonus and had better choose carefully.

While this isn’t an amazing opportunity to bank bonus US Airways miles since the conversion rates are pretty unfavorable in most cases (I mean, 12 Hilton points to 1 US Airways miles says it all!), if you have some stray points in various programs like Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges or Wyndham Rewards, this could be a good opportunity to clean your slate and pick up some extra US Airways miles in the process pre-merger.

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