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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 Benefits For United Elites
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).
United Benefits For Marriott Elites
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!