Get a 30% bonus when transferring hotel points to United

Oct 9, 2019

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Have a Star Alliance redemption in mind and stash of hotel points waiting to be used? Here’s your opportunity, as United is offering a 30% bonus when converting points from Marriott, IHG, Choice, AccorHotels, Radisson, Shangri-La, World of Hyatt or Wyndham loyalty programs into United miles. However, the best transfers are with Marriott or Radisson.

When travelers transfer from the Marriott Bonvoy program they have the opportunity to earn an additional 10% mileage bonus and Radisson Rewards (ends Nov. 26, 2019) is offering an additional 50% mileage bonus on transfers.

Before you start transferring, you’ll have to register for the promotion. After you enroll, be sure to initiate the transfer before the promotion ends on Nov. 30, 2019. This promo offers members the ability to earn up to 25,000 bonus United miles from the transfer.

When transferring 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (the preferred transfer ratio to earn the standard Marriott transfer bonus), you should end up with 27,500 United miles from the initial transfer and Marriott bonus and an additional 8,250 miles from the promotion United is running — making a grand total of 35,750 miles. You’re essentially transforming each Marriott point into 0.6 United miles.

Since you’re capped at receiving 25,000 bonus miles, you shouldn’t transfer more than 180,000 Marriott points if you’re trying to maximize the promotion. United would dole out 24,750 bonus miles on top of the 82,500 from the regular transfer for a total of 107,250 miles.

Be aware that the bonus miles might not immediately appear in your MileagePlus account. The terms of the deal state that “bonus miles will be credited into the member’s account on or before Jan. 30, 2020.”

You can earn Marriott points with these cards: 

And if you prefer to earn United MileagePlus miles directly, you can do so with cards like:

  • United Explorer Card – 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
  • United Explorer Business Card – Up to 100,000 bonus miles: Earn 50,000 miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. Earn an additional 50,000 miles after you spend a total of $25,000 on purchases in the first six months of account opening.

United is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, so you can move points at a 1:1 ratio to United instantly when you have cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Ink Business Preferred Credit Card.

Related: How to earn miles with the United MileagePlus program

You can fly in United’s new Polaris business class to Europe for 60,000 miles or to China/Korea/Japan for 70,000 miles one-way. Remember you can use United miles to fly on Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa and ANA, but United bumps up award rates when flying on most of its partners.

United’s Polaris business class on its Boeing 777. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.)

As always, it’s probably only a good idea to make a transfer if you have a specific redemption in mind. The benefit of having a cache of Marriott Bonvoy points is their flexibility with the many transfer partners, and you won’t be able to get your points back once the transfer is complete.

Featured photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.

Additional reporting by Liz Hund.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • An additional Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
  • Earn 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
  • 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Earn unlimited Marriott Bonvoy points and get Free Night Stays faster.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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