Convert hotel points into United MileagePlus miles with a 30% bonus

Guide to earning bonus miles on transfers to United MileagePlus

United Miles Hotel Transfer Promo
GUIDE: Using Points
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: October 30, 2019
UPDATED: October 30, 2019
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: United MileagePlus

United are offering a 30% bonus when you convert hotel points into United MileagePlus miles until 30 November, up to a limit of 25,000 bonus miles.

This offer was on at the same time last year.

Converting hotel points into airline miles is usually poor value. You’re generally better off maintaining your points balance to redeem on free nights, especially if these points have been earned the hard way through frequent stays.

However if you have a massive horde of hotel points that you don’t otherwise plan to use on future stays, this offer could be your chance to earn some extra miles above those that you would usually receive from any transfer.

You can even get some extra value out of your American Express Membership Rewards points on this offer.

How to Register

Registration is required for this promotion, which you can do here.

Conversion Table

The table below shows the different hotel partner transfer programmes, and how many bonus miles would be received at the minimum conversion rates:

PartnerConversion Rate
(Points : Miles)
Minimum Points needed to ConvertBonus Miles on Minimum ConversionTotal Miles
World of Hyatt2.5:1

A transfer of 50,000 points will give you 5,000 bonus miles, for a total of 32,500 miles under this promotion.
Marriott Rewards3:1.1

A transfer of 60,000 points will give you 5,000 bonus miles, for a total of 35,100 miles under this promotion.
Hilton Honors10:110,0003001,300
IHG Rewards Club5:110,0006002,600
Radisson Rewards10:1

50% bonus miles until 26 November

90 until 26 November

390 until 26 November
Choice Privileges5:15,0003001,300
Shangri-La Golden Circle1:12,5007503,250
Wyndham Rewards5:16,0003601,560
Le Club AccorHotels2:12,0003002,300

Bonus miles should post to your account by 20 January 2020 (but usually much earlier).

Getting the 30% bonus miles out of Amex Membership Rewards points

Kiwis with an American Express Platinum Charge or Platinum Edge can convert their Membership Rewards Points (MRP) to United Mileage Plus miles using Marriott.

MRP convert to Marriott Bonvoy points at a 1:1 ratio. These then convert into United miles at a 3:1.1 ratio.

Here is an example of how such a transfer would work out:

  1. 60,000 MRP will convert to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
  2. 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points will convert to 27,000 United Mileage Plus miles.
  3. With the 30% bonus, you will receive 35,100 miles.

This effectively gives you a ratio of ~1.71 MRP : 1 United Mileage Plus mile – better than the standard direct transfer rates to the likes of Qantas and KrisFlyer.

Amex warn that transfers of MRP to Marriott Bonvoy can take up to 14 working days. Generally it is quicker, but to be safe, this means you’d be wanting to take advantage of this conversion method sooner rather than later, if you want to use in conjunction with United’s 30% bonus miles promotion.

Summing up

If you have a stack of hotel points and prefer free flights over free nights, or you were already planning to make a transfer, then this offer could be of some value.

You could also take advantage of the current offer to boost the power of your Amex Membership Rewards points, though you would have to be quick.

Remember, point devaluations can be introduced with or without notice, so you should only convert your hotel reward points to a specific frequent flyer programme like United MileagePlus if you have a specific redemption in mind.

Convert hotel points into United MileagePlus miles with a 30% bonus was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Daniel Kinnoch