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Old Oct 11, 18, 12:32 pm
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30% Transfer Bonus for Hotel Points to UA Miles

Just got an offer from United (don't know if it was targeted) offering a 30% bonus on transferring hotel points to UA miles. Limit of 25,000 bonus miles. Registration is required.

If I read this right and did the math right, one can transfer 63,000 Marriott points, get a the 10% RewardsPlus bonus and the 15,000 Marriott bonus (5k for each 20k transferred) > 84,300. Then you'd get an additional 30% from this offer maxed out at 25k, netting a total of 109590.

Seems like a great deal.


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  • Registration:

    To qualify for this offer, members must register for the promotion between October 9, 2018 and 11:59pm EST November 30, 2018 ("Promotional Period").
  • Qualifying activity:

    A member must earn award miles as a result of one or more points to miles conversion transactions from any combination of MileagePlus hotel partner programs that offer a points to miles transfer program that are conducted during the Promotional Period ("Qualifying Activity") in order to qualify for MileagePlus Hotel Points-to-Miles bonus miles ("Bonus Miles"). Qualifying Activity must be completed by 11:59pm EST November 30, 2018
  • Posting of Promotional Miles:

    At the conclusion of the promotion, all miles earned by each member from Qualifying Activity will be multiplied by 30% to determine the eligible bonus up to a maximum of 25,000 Bonus Miles. Bonus Miles will be credited into the member's account on or before January 30, 2019. The maximum bonus miles that can be earned by a member under this promotion is 25,000. MileagePlus will not be responsible for technical problems with partner miles postings, or failures or delays in miles postings by hotel partners, that would render any points to miles converted as ineligible under this promotion.
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    This offer is not combinable with other MileagePlus offers. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program, including without limitation the Premier® program (the “MileagePlus Program”), which are expressly incorporated herein. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus Program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus Program at any time and without notice. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products or services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count toward qualification for Premier status unless expressly stated otherwise. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the MileagePlus Program. All calculations made in connection with the MileagePlus Program, including without limitation with respect to the accumulation of mileage and the satisfaction of the qualification requirements for Premier status, will be made by United Airlines and MileagePlus in their discretion and such calculations will be considered final. Information in this communication that relates to the MileagePlus Program does not purport to be complete or comprehensive and may not include all of the information that a member may believe is important, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to all of the information on the united.com website and the MileagePlus Program rules. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus Program, go to www.united.com.
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Old Oct 11, 18, 12:41 pm
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Didn't get an e mail, but it was there when I sign in and look at the offers available to me.
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Old Oct 11, 18, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by danpeake View Post
If I read this right and did the math right, one can transfer 63,000 Marriott points, get a the 10% RewardsPlus bonus and the 15,000 Marriott bonus (5k for each 20k transferred) > 84,300. Then you'd get an additional 30% from this offer maxed out at 25k, netting a total of 109590.
You didn't do the math right.

63K Marriott Points + 15K Marriott transfer bonus = 78K Marriott points -> 3:1 ratio = 26K airline miles + 10% for RewardsPlus = 28,600 + 30% = 37,180 MileagePlus miles.
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Old Oct 11, 18, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
You didn't do the math right.

63K Marriott Points + 15K Marriott transfer bonus = 78K Marriott points -> 3:1 ratio = 26K airline miles + 10% for RewardsPlus = 28,600 + 30% = 37,180 MileagePlus miles.
Sorry should have said 189,000 > 63,000 United miles (was doing the 3:1 ratio in my head already).

Does the extra 10% happen after the 5k for 20k bonus? So it would be 183,000 Marriott Points > 61,000 United +15,000 bonus (5k for each 20k transferred) + 10% RewardsPlus bonus = 83,600 + 30% offer bonus capped at 25k = 108,600.

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Old Oct 11, 18, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
63K Marriott Points + 15K Marriott transfer bonus = 78K Marriott points -> 3:1 ratio = 26K airline miles + 10% for RewardsPlus = 28,600 + 30% = 37,180 MileagePlus miles.
Of course this is all theoretical. Equally likely is your Marriott points disappear into the void, Marriott doesn't respond to your emails, and the phone agents say there's nothing they can do to help you.
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Old Oct 11, 18, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by danpeake View Post
Sorry should have said 189,000 > 63,000 United miles (was doing the 3:1 ratio in my head already).

Does the extra 10% happen after the 5k for 20k bonus? So it would be 183,000 Marriott Points > 61,000 United +15,000 bonus (5k for each 20k transferred) + 10% RewardsPlus bonus = 83,600 + 30% offer bonus capped at 25k = 108,600.
Yes, the extra 10% happens after the bonus. Your math is now correct.
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Old Oct 11, 18, 1:14 pm
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hrm i have over 200k points in marriott after doing the spg lux card upgrade. very tempting, but its so hard to tell which points will save me more/be more useful at this point. already have 200+k in ultimate rewards so shrug. so many points!
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Old Oct 11, 18, 1:21 pm
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Yes, the extra 10% happens after the bonus. Your math is now correct.
Thanks.

Pretty good transfer ratio then!
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Old Oct 11, 18, 1:27 pm
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Pretty good transfer ratio then!
It's 1.7:1 Marriott:UA. Good if you have a specific redemption in mind or are able to regularly redeem UA above 1.5 cpm.

But seriously, be aware there are all kinds of problems with Marriott points transfers right now.
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Old Oct 11, 18, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
It's 1.7:1 Marriott:UA. Good if you have a specific redemption in mind or are able to regularly redeem UA above 1.5 cpm.

But seriously, be aware there are all kinds of problems with Marriott points transfers right now.
I miss Marriott Travel Packages already. Assuming you had use for the 7-night hotel certificate, the marginal return on the 120K package would have been 1:1.31 Marriott:UA. Now that's a good transfer ratio. I doubt we'll ever see that again...
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Old Oct 11, 18, 5:33 pm
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Yes, the extra 10% happens after the bonus. Your math is now correct.
I got this offer too. I see how the math works, but I assume I don't get the 10% bonus, right? (Is it only for UA elites?)
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Old Oct 11, 18, 5:43 pm
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I got this offer too. I see how the math works, but I assume I don't get the 10% bonus, right? (Is it only for UA elites?)
No -- Marriott gives everyone a 10% bonus on transfers to MileagePlus. If you look at their transfer page, it'll show the transfer ratios: 3:1 for nearly all airlines, and then 3:1.1 for United.
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Old Oct 15, 18, 12:01 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
It's 1.7:1 Marriott:UA. Good if you have a specific redemption in mind or are able to regularly redeem UA above 1.5 cpm.

But seriously, be aware there are all kinds of problems with Marriott points transfers right now.
The ratio is slightly better if you don't waste any of the inherent transfer bonus. Transferring 189k gives 1.74:1, while transferring 180k gives 1.68:1.

This is a very nice use of SPG points, going to UA at 0.56:1, when 1.6:1 was the old ratio.

My transfer posted to my UA account within 48 hours. (Two items: One for the base transfer and one for the standard 15k+10% bonus.)
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Old Oct 19, 18, 10:54 am
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If I have 69k in my UA account but need 85k for a redemption does that mean I need to transfer over 34,500 points which would mean 44,850 with 30% and 49,335 with the 10% UA bonus. Total 49,335 /3 = 16,445.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 11:06 am
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If I have 69k in my UA account but need 85k for a redemption does that mean I need to transfer over 34,500 points which would mean 44,850 with 30% and 49,335 with the 10% UA bonus. Total 49,335 /3 = 16,445.
Assuming you mean Marriott points, yes.
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