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30% bonus for converting hotel points to United MileagePlus miles

United MileagePlus offers you the opportunity to transfer points from various loyalty programs into United MileagePlus miles with a 30% bonus. Overview.

Bonus on transferring hotel points to United MileagePlus miles

Through November 30, 2018, you can earn a 30% bonus of additional United MileagePlus miles for hotel point transfers.

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To do so, you must first register by entering your United MileagePlus membership number on this page.

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You can transfer your hotel points into United MileagePlus miles from many loyalty programs such as Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, Le Club Accor Hotels, IHG Rewards Club, Radisson Rewards, World of Hyatt, Choice Privileges, Wyndham Rewards, Golden Circle.

The maximum limit of the 30% bonus obtained through conversion is 25,000 miles.

Hotel points to United MileagePlus miles conversion ratios

Here’s what you could get with this promotion. Please note that you must convert at least the equivalent of 5,000 miles to unlock the bonus (to reach this threshold you can transfer points from different programs).

Hotel group Ordinary conversion Conversion with Bonus of 30%
Marriott Bonvoy 30,000 points = 11,000 miles 30,000 points = 14,300 miles
Marriott Bonvoy 60,000 points = 27,500 miles*. 60,000 points = 35,750 miles
Gold Circle 10,000 points = 10,000 miles 10,000 points = 13,000 miles
The AccorHotels Club 10,000 points = 5,000 miles 10,000 points = 6,500 miles
Wyndham Rewards 10,000 points = 2,000 miles 10,000 points = 2,600 miles
Choice Privileges 10,000 points = 2,000 miles 10,000 points = 2,600 miles
Hilton Honors 10,000 points = 1,000 miles 10,000 points = 1,300 miles
Radisson Rewards 10,000 points = 1,000 miles 10,000 points = 1,300 miles
IHG Rewards Club 10,000 points = 2,000 miles 10,000 points = 2,600 miles
World of Hyatt 10,000 points = 2,500 miles 10,000 points = 3,250 miles

*Marriott Bonvoy adds 15,000 points or 5,000 miles for every 60,000 points transferred.

And for us Canadians, what is the best choice?

As with Aeroplan, the best way to convert hotel points into miles is through Marriott Bonvoy. Especially since Marriott Bonvoy and United MileagePlus have an interesting partnership since you get 10% more miles for each transfer!

This is in addition to the bonus offered by Marriott Bonvoy: for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points transferred, Marriott adds 15,000 points. You get 5,000 bonus miles!

So 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 27,500 United MileagePlus miles


Au Canada, nous pouvons facilement accumuler des points Marriott Bonvoy de deux manières:

Via les cartes American Express Marriott Bonvoy

Les deux cartes de crédit American Express Marriott Bonvoy permettent d’accumuler directement des points Marriott Bonvoy, que ce soit par les dépenses portées dessus, mais également via leurs bonus de souscription.

Actuellement par exemple, chacune de ces cartes offre un bonus de souscription de 60 000 points Marriott Bonvoy.

Via American Express Cobalt

La Carte Cobalt American Express permet d’accumuler des points-privilèges select qui sont convertibles au taux de 5:6 en points Marriott Bonvoy.

Vu que cette carte permet d’accumuler 5 points-privilèges select par dollar en épiceries, restaurants, dépanneurs, cela correspond donc à 6 points Marriott par dollar (soit beaucoup mieux que les cartes American Express Marriott Bonvoy citées ci-dessus).



Si vous accumulez beaucoup de points-privilèges select via la Carte Cobalt American Express , cela peut donc être intéressant de profiter de promotions de ce type pour diversifier votre portefeuille de points & miles !

Le meilleur taux de transfert possible entre Marriott Bonvoy et United MileagePlus

Comme dit plus haut, le plus intéressant est de transférer par tranche de 60 000 points Marriott Bonvoy pour déclencher le bonus de 5 000 miles:

50,000 Membership Rewards points = 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 27,500 miles + 30% = 35,750 United MileagePlus miles

That means you can convert 50,000 American Express Cobalt Select Membership Rewards points into 35,750 United MileagePlus miles through this 30% off promotion! Which is really excellent!

What to do with United MileagePlus miles

When you book an award ticket with United, there are no carrier surcharges applied, regardless of which carrier you fly (Air Canada, Lufthansa… included!).

This can be interesting for economy flights since the fare is identical to Aeroplan for many destinations: 30,000 miles one way to Europe. A good way to travel on any airline… including Air Canada!

Here is the same flight on Air Canada between Montreal and Paris in economy class.

30,000 United miles + $60.40:

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While it is offered on Aeroplan for 30,000 miles and $315.40!

air canada ap february

In business class, it’s a little different: the fare on Star Alliance carriers increases to 70,000 United MileagePlus miles from 55,000 Aeroplan miles. If for companies that do not charge surcharges on Aeroplan such as Swiss or Thai it is preferable to use Aeroplan, for others such as Air Canada or Lufthansa, the difference in surcharge is substantial!

Here is an example of a flight from Montreal to Munich in business class on Lufthansa. Offered at 70,000 miles and $60.40 on United:

lufthansa ua business

While it is offered on Aeroplan at 55,000 miles and $530.40!

lufthansa ap business

Please note that unlike Aeroplan, United charges a last-minute booking fee of $75 per trip (21 days prior to flight). This can make it unattractive to use United vs. Aeroplan miles in certain situations

Bottom Line

We always tell you that it is best to use your points & miles within the loyalty program in which they were issued.

However, some promotions like this one can be interesting, especially to diversify your points & miles portfolio!

Thanks to Manu Ban for announcing this promotion in the facebook group “Travel free (or almost…!) with your points & miles – milesopedia”

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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