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In most cases, this is not a great deal because of the unfavorable transfer ratios. But it’s a terrific deal if you book a Marriott Hotel + Air package, especially if you first transfer Starwood points to Marriott.
This promotion can also be a way to convert excess hotel points that you wouldn’t otherwise use.
I’ll explain more about this deal!
Transfer Hotel Points to United Airlines
Through November 30, 2016, you’ll get a 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to United Airlines.
Eligible hotel programs include:
- Choice Hotels
- Club Carlson
- Golden Circle (Shangri-La Hotels)
You’re also eligible to earn the 25% bonus when you transfer Hertz points to United Airlines.
The maximum bonus you can earn from the promotion is 20,000 United Airlines miles.
Keep in mind, you can NOT transfer points from any of these programs to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio. In most cases, the transfer ratios from the hotel programs are not favorable.
Sweet Spot: Marriott Hotel + Air Package
This is a fantastic deal when you book a Marriott Hotel + Air package.
For example, you can convert 270,000 Marriott points to get a 7-night stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel plus 152,000 United Airlines miles (including the 20,000 mile transfer bonus). Typically, you’d only get 132,000 United Airlines miles through this redemption method.
This means you can get 152,000 United Airlines miles by converting 90,000 Starwood points to Marriott points, which is an amazing deal! Plus you’ll get a 7-night stay at a Marriott category 1 to 5 hotel.
Normally, Starwood points transfer to United Airlines at a 2:1 ratio.
All the Ways to Earn United Airlines Miles
There are lots of ways to earn United Airlines miles!
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio. This is good for folks with these cards:
Through November 30, 2016, you can earn a 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to United Airlines.
Because of the less favorable transfer ratios, this is not a good deal in most cases.