United Airlines 30% Transfer Bonus: Great Use Of Marriott Bonvoy Points
There is a United Airlines 30% transfer bonus going on right now. This isn’t an Ultimate Rewards transfer bonus, that would be too amazing, the offer deals exclusively with hotel points. Normally transferring hotel points to airline miles is a terrible deal, even with a 30% bonus, but the exception is the Marriott Bonvoy program.
Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Rates
The Marriott Bonvoy program gives a 5,000 mile bonus when transferring points to airline miles in 60,000 point chunks, for most programs at least. United Airlines earns at a slightly better rate compared to the rest, a 3 points to 1.1 miles rate. It also still earns the 5,000 mile bonus per 60,000 points. If you were to transfer 60,000 Bonvoy points to United you would get 27,500 United Airlines miles. With the current 30% bonus your earn rate would increase to 35,750 United Airlines miles from a 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy point transfer. That is 1.68 Marriott Bonvoy points per United Airlines mile.
Crunching The Numbers
Marriott Bonvoy points average around $0.007 per point in value. If you multiply that by 1.68 points that means you would need to get 1.18 cents per point, or more, in value from United miles to make this a good deal. I think most people would say that should be pretty easy to achieve. I value United miles at around 1.5 cents per point so this transfer is offering me a great value. Plug in your own valuations for yourself. And also weigh in how useful United MileagePlus miles are to you.
Offer Details & Terms
- For a limited time, convert hotel points into MileagePlus® miles and enjoy 30% bonus miles.
- Maximum bonus of 25,000 miles.
- Offer ends September 30, 2021.
If you are sitting on a stash of Marriott Bonvoy points, and have a use for United MileagePlus miles, then I think you should really look at this offer. You will likely come out ahead, from a value perspective at least, if you take advantage of the offer. It should be pretty easy to get above the 1.2 cents per point in value needed to make this a good deal, if your valuations are similar to mine.
Are you taking advantage of this offer? Let me know in the comments.