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Through November 30, 2018, you can earn a 30% bonus when you transfer hotel points to United Airlines.
We usually don’t recommend doing this because of the poor transfer ratios. But it’s a good deal if you have Marriott points to use. And it could also be worth it to use any excess hotel points you don’t have a need for.
Eligible hotel programs include:
- Choice Hotels
- Golden Circle (Shangri-La Hotels)
- Le Club Accor Hotels
You can earn a maximum bonus of 25,000 United Airlines miles through this promotion. So if you transfer large amounts of hotel points, the bonus is actually less than 30%. And most of the transfer options aren’t worth considering due to the poor transfer rates. But the exception is Marriott!
The transfer rate is normally 3 Marriott points = 1.1 United miles. Plus you’ll get a 5,000 point bonus when you transfer 60,000 points. So you could transfer 60,000 Marriott points and receive 35,750 United Airlines miles (27,500 United miles from the transfer + 8,250 bonus United Airlines miles (30% bonus)) . That’s more than enough for a round-trip coach ticket anywhere in the US (25,000 United Airlines miles), with miles to spare!
More 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:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- Ink Bold (no longer available)
- Ink Plus (no longer available)
You can also earn United Airlines miles directly with the United℠ Explorer Card, that’s currently offering a 40,000 United Airlines mile sign-up bonus after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.
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