Transfer hotel points to United miles by August 31, 2015 for a 25% bonus of United miles.
- You must register here before transferring to get the bonus miles.
- The bonus is capped at 20,000 bonus United miles.
- Here are the participating hotel points partners.
All of the hotel partners offer a terrible rate except for Marriott. (For instance, 20,000 Starpoints = 15,625 United miles after this bonus.)
Marriott and United have an enhanced partnership, so Marriott offers a very fair rate on United transfers. With a RewardsPlus transfer, you can transfer 56,000 Marriott points to 31,250 United miles after bonus or 112,000 Marriott points to 62,500 United miles after bonus. In general, I’d value Marriott points at 0.4 cents and United miles at 1.5 cents, so those are good deals.
With a RewardsPlus Hotel + Air Package, you can do even better. With these deals, you get seven free nights at the hotel category listed plus the number of United miles listed at the top of the table.
Remember that the 25% bonus is capped at 20,000 bonus miles, so choosing a “7 Nights + 110,000 Miles” or “7 Nights + 132,000 Miles” will result in far less than 25% bonus United miles. But those are still the best options. You’ll notice that as you move left-to-right in a row, get 1.1 extra miles for each 1 point spent before the current bonus promotion. That’s an insane value since, as I already noted, United miles are far more valuable than Marriott points.
How should you use your United miles? For international economy awards, United BusinessFirst and Global First awards, and these Six Under-Priced Awards on the United Chart. Check out my Basics of United MileagePlus post for more info.