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Drowning in hotel points but short on miles? If you’re hoping to boost your MileagePlus account to work toward an award flight, it could be worth taking advantage of this current United promo. Now until November 30, 2016, you can earn a 25% mileage bonus when you transfer hotel points to United — up to 20,000 bonus award miles. That means that you’ll only get the full 25% on the first 80,000 miles earned (100,000 total) — with Marriott’s Hotel + Air packages, for example, when you redeem 270,000 Marriott Rewards points (90,000 Starpoints) you’ll end up with 152,000 United miles, plus a 7-night hotel stay.
To leverage this offer, you’ll need to register with your MileagePlus account number here, and then click through to initiate a transfer with your hotel program of choice. Participating programs include Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Golden Circle, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Wyndham Rewards.
Keep in mind that each hotel program has its own transfer rate. For example, 2 Starpoints equal 1 United mile, while 2.5 Hyatt points equal 1 United mile. Also, according to the terms and conditions, you can transfer points from more than one hotel program with this promo — and you’ll earn a higher 40% bonus on Club Carlson transfers and a 50% bonus with Choice Privileges.
If you were already planning on moving hotel points over to United, it definitely makes sense to register for this promotion so you can earn some bonus miles in the process. However, if you don’t have any plans to book an award flight, it’s probably not worth transferring miles speculatively. Earlier this month, the airline changed its award-booking policies, and earlier this week it surprised MileagePlus members by introducing a new pricing structure for awards booked with the multi-city search tool.
H/T: Frequent Miler
Will you be taking advantage of this promotion?
The United Explorer card recently got some enhancements like 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and on hotel stays and a $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Fee credit. With the current offer you'll earn 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 within the first 3 months and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.
- 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- New! Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
- New! Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
- New! 25% back on United inflight purchases
- Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
- Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
- Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases