United Airlines

30% Transfer Bonus Marriott –> United (+10% more)

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United has a limited time offer on right now to register and then convert hotel points with a 30% bonus. The ratios in all hotel to airline programs stink, so ignore all but one: Marriott. 

Let me start by saying that while, by the valuations, this may make sense, I don’t generally advise it. That’s because you can earn United both with United credit cards and Chase Ultimate Rewards cards.  But let’s say you need to top off for a redemption or you are locked out of Chase due to 5/24.

In that case, this is a good deal by the numbers. First remember that with the United/Marriott deal, you already get a 10% bonus on all transfers. So your 60,000 Marriott points (the minimum to get a 5,000-mile bonus on your transfer) would normally become 27,500 United miles.  With this bonus, you’ll get 35,750 United miles for your 60,000 Marriott miles.

I want to reiterate, this isn’t a slam dunk, rush out and transfer kind of deal. It’s an “if this makes sense in your situation / would have transferred anyway” thing.  If you do want to participate, just be sure to register first. It’s not automatic.

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