Through November 30 United is offering up to 15,000 bonus miles for transfers of hotel points into miles. The amount of the bonus varies by the number of miles transferred it, at exactly 50,000 miles the bonus is at its biggest — 30%.
- Transfers of hotel points into 5000 – 9999 miles will earn 1,000 bonus miles
- Transfers of 10,000 – 19,999 miles will earn 2500 bonus miles
- Transfers of 20,000 – 49,999 miles will earn 5000 bonus miles
- Transfers of 50,000 miles or more will earn 15,000 bonus miles
Eligible hotel transfer partners are Starwood, Wyndham, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Hilton, and Club Carlson.
They’ll total all of the hotel points transferred by November 30 to determine the number of bonus miles you’ll receive, the total doesn’t all need to come in one transfer or from one program.
The bonus isn’t big enough to get me to transfer hotel points to United miles without a specific purpose in mind — such as topping off an account towards a particular award level (e.g. to get to 100,000 miles for a business class award to Europe, 120,000 for business to Asia, etc).
With most airline programs, when there’s a transfer bonus from hotel points, the biggest bang comes from transfers in from Starwood. That’s because with most airline programs 20,000 Starpoints transfer to 25,000 airline miles. We’ve seen 100% bonuses with US Airways, where 20,000 Starpoints become 50,000 US Airways miles. There I’m pretty tempted to go big.
Starwood is not a great transfer partner with United, points transfer at a ratio of 2:1 instead of 1:1. The conventional wisdom is that it’s ultimately a function of the strong sway that Chase holds with United (since the issuer of the co-branded United Visa was such a huge part of the airline’s bankruptcy and also provider of hundreds of millions of dollars of liquidity through pre-purchase of mmiles), that Chase moved against the Starwood American Express being a more lucrative way to earn United miles than Chase’s own offerings. I’d stay away from moving Starpoints into United miles unless really necessary and the only strategy to get enough United miles for a specific award.
Register by November 30. Bonus miles will be credited by January 31.