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News You Can Use – Marriott and United Team Up, Hilton Promotion and More…

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1.   Marriott and United Offer Mutual Benefits

Via View From the Wing, Marriott and United announce a new partnership called RewardsPlus which offer United members additional perks at Marriott hotels, and Marriott members additional perks on United.

Marriott and United RewardsPlus Mutual Benefits

Reciprocal Benefits on Marriott and United With RewardsPlus

Registration

You have to register – either on the  Marriott’s website, or on the United website.

Marriott Benefits For United Elites

Marriott will offer United’s most frequent travelers (Gold, Platinum, 1K, and Global Services) Gold status when they stay in Marriott hotels.

If you don’t have United elite status you can also get Marriott Gold status just by having the (expensive) Ritz-Carlton card.

Benefits of Marriott Gold status (which usually requires 50 nights in a year to earn) include:

  • A 25% bonus on Marriott Rewards points earned per stay
  • Complimentary internet
  • Late check-out
  • Upgrades (subject to availability)
  • Executive Lounge access or free breakfast

United elites (Premier Silver or higher) can also convert their United miles to Marriott points in a 1:1 ratio (still a bad deal).

Marriott and United RewardsPlus Mutual Benefits

Executive Lounge Access is a Great Benefit of Marriott Gold Elite Status

United Benefits For Marriott Elites

In contrast, Marriott Platinum Elite members (requires 75 nights in a year) will earn Premier Silver Status with United.

Perks of Premier Silver include:

  • A 25% bonus on United and Copa flights
  • Priority check-in
  • 1 free checked bag (50 lb limit)
  • Free access to Economy Plus seating (seats with extra leg-room) at check-in
  • Complimentary upgrades (subject to availability)

Benefits Open To All Members 

The advantage for ALL members of the two programs (not only elite members) will be bonuses for converting between Marriott points and United miles.

RewardsPlus members will receive a 20% discount when converting Marriott points into United Miles, and United members will receive a 10% bonus on miles received from booking Marriott travel packages.

And for the first time, United members will be able to convert miles into Marriott points, though it does not appear this option is available yet.  However, this doesn’t seem like a very good value.

Terms & Conditions 

Both Marriott and United offers for reciprocal elite status are effective through January 31, 2014.  Your status will be renewed automatically each year as long as you maintain elite status in either the United or Marriott program.

Analysis 

United miles are one of the most valuable airline miles, so being able to convert Marriott points into United miles is a good benefit of this partnership.

On the other hand, while it may be useful for topping off your account for a Marriott reward stay, converting United miles into Marriott point is not the best value, in my opinion.

The biggest winner in this partnership will be United’s Gold, Platinum, 1K, and Global Services members.  Marriott has a lot of hotels worldwide, so it will be very easy for these United elite members to enjoy free internet and lounge access/breakfast while traveling.

2.   Hilton Offers Double to Triple Points Per Stay 

One Mile at a Time writes that Hilton is offering double and even triple points for each stay made between July 9, 2013 and September 30, 2013.

Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trips Promotion

Earn Double and Even Triple Points Per Hilton Stay

Through their 3rd quarter “Triple Your Trip” promotion stays:

  • During the week (Monday to Thursday) will earn double points
  • Weekends (Friday to Sunday) will earn triple points

Terms & Conditions 

Registration is required, and must be completed before checkout.

Unfortunately, the promotion is only open to participating hotels, and there is a long list of hotels that are not participating.

3.   Up to 30% Bonus on Purchases of American Airlines Miles

The Points Guy writes that American Airlines is offering a 30% bonus for purchasing at least 15,000 miles through August 1, 2013.

American Airlines AAdvantage Buy Miles 30% Bonus

Receive Up to a 30% Bonus When You Purchase American Airlines Miles

The Offer

The number of bonus miles you earn will depend on the number of miles purchased:

  • Purchase 15,000 to 19,000 Miles = Earn 2,000 Bonus Miles
  • Purchase 20,000 to 29,000 Miles = Earn 4,000 Bonus Miles
  • Purchase 30,000 to 39,000 Miles = Earn 7,000 Bonus Miles
  • Purchase 40,000 to 49,000 Miles = Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles
  • Purchase 50,000 to 60,000 Miles = Earn 15,000 Bonus Miles

Terms & Conditions 

The maximum number of miles you can buy in a year is 60,000, and thus the maximum you can receive from this promotion is 75,000 (60,000 purchased miles + 15,000 bonus miles).

However, American Airlines usually lets you buy more than 60,000 miles towards the end of the year.

Analysis 

You get the same amount of bonus miles if you buy 50,000 or 60,000 miles, so the best option (for the lowest cost per mile) is to purchase 50,000 miles and get 15,000 extra miles (65,000 miles in total).

At a total cost of $1,513 you would be purchasing miles for ~2.3 cents each ($1,513 / 50,000 American Airlines Miles + 15,000 Miles Bonus).

Buying miles at this price could make sense to top off for an award you have planned, or if you know that you will redeem for more than what it costs to buy them.

But, as always, just because something is on “sale” doesn’t mean it is a good deal!

4.   $50 Off $200+ Hotel with American Express and Travelocity

Deals We Like writes that Travelocity is offering a $50 statement credit for qualifying hotel stays booked with an American Express card, through July 31, 2013.

How to Get in on the Deal 

To register for this promotion, you have to sync your American Express card with your Twitter account and tweet “#AmexTravelocityOffer.”

Limitations 

There lots of limitations to this offer.  Qualifying hotels are those that are marked as GoodBuy or Top Secret hotels – which requires pre-payment, and you must pay Travelocity directly.  So you can’t use the discount for vacation packages.

As Deals We Like reports, this has not worked with all accounts, so your mileage may vary.  For more information, see Deals We Like’s post!

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11 Responses to News You Can Use – Marriott and United Team Up, Hilton Promotion and More…

  1. I tried to sign up for the Marriott/United deal but it said “It appears you do not meet the minimum level eligibility requirements. You must be a Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite member or above to qualify for RewardsPlus.”

    I guess this benefit is not open to all members? :( I was hoping to transfer some Marriott points to United miles. Bummer.

  2. Oh…nevermind :) You don’t have to register for anything to transfer points.

  3. Hilton’s promotion is from july 9 to sept 30 – you have july 31 to sept 30

  4. Philip Kates

    Hello Daraius,

    In the analysis paragraph 2 of Marriott and Unite Mutual Offer, you posted,

    “On the other hand, while it may be useful for topping off your account for a Marriott reward stay, converting Marriott points into United miles is not the best value, in my opinion.”

    Did you mean vice versa and that converting United miles into Marriott points is not the best value?

    I ask because in the previous paragraph you say transferring Marriott into United Miles is a good value.

    Regards and thanks for all your help.

    Philip

  5. So can you get a 20% bump on United Miles by converting Chase UR points to Marriott, then transfer to United…i.e. making 10000 chase points = 12000 United Miles?

  6. I have a question. I want to apply for the Marriot Premiere Card https://creditcards.chase.com/marriott/apply/compare_cards

    If I sign up for it, can I transfer the points over to United Airlines for example at 1:1?

    Thank You!

  7. Agree with Philip above – you say that “On the other hand, while it may be useful for topping off your account for a Marriott reward stay, converting Marriott points into United miles is not the best value, in my opinion.”
    How would converting points into miles help you “top off your account for a Marriott reward stay”??

  8. Marriot to United isn’t 1:1
    At it’s best it’s 2.8:1 then you get a 20% bonus, so it’s not about 2.2:1 ….better than using in Marriott itself.

  9. I’m Premier Silver and get a message that I can’t register

  10. @cj – Thanks, I fixed that!

    @Philip Kates @kevin – Yup, typo is fixed.

    @Sun Choi – The transfer ratio isn’t 1:1. There is a better offer in the “Hotel Credit Card” tab.

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