Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
WARNING: As of March 31, 2017 hotel points transferred to Southwest won’t count as Companion Pass Qualifying Points. Here are ways you’ll still be able to earn Companion Pass points.
If you’re trying to earn Companion Pass status with Southwest Airlines, you’re always on the hunt for extra ways to hit 110,000 qualifying points each year.
Earning points from the intro bonuses and ongoing spending with the Southwest credit cards qualifies, but transfers of points to Rapid Rewards from non-Southwest credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Business Preferred Card don’t count toward Companion Pass status.
Yet transferring your points from several hotel programs will count.
And these transfers can be a valuable way to use your hotel points.
The chart below lists the programs that will transfer into Southwest Rapid Rewards points, the minimum points you can transfer, and how many Southwest points you get.
There’s also a ratio of how many Southwest points you’ll get per hotel point, to see which give you the best exchange rates for Southwest points.
|Hotel points||= Southwest points||Southwest points per Hotel point (higher is better)|
|Hyatt Gold Passport||5000||2400||0.48|
|Hyatt Gold Passport||50000||30000||0.60|
|Marriott - Tier 1||10000||2500||0.25|
|Marriott - Tier 2||30000||10000||0.33|
|Marriott - Tier 3||140000||50000||0.36|
|Marriott - Hotel + Air (7 nights Category 1-5)||200000||50000||0.25|
|Marriott - Hotel + Air (7 nights Category 1-5)||220000||70000||0.32|
|Marriott - Hotel + Air (7 nights Category 1-5)||250000||100000||0.40|
|Marriott - Hotel + Air (7 nights Category 1-5)||270000||120000||0.44|
While the Marriott exchange rates aren’t the very best, transferring Marriott points to Southwest can be the most lucrative option.
That’s because Marriott points are worth only about 0.5 cents or so in our estimation – more if you’re savvy with them.
This might just be one of the very best uses of a big Marriott Rewards balance.
And it’s easy to rack up lots of Marriott points. You can transfer them in from an Ultimate Rewards earning credit card, and once they’re in your Marriott account, transferring to Southwest counts toward Companion pass. And there are often big bonuses on Marriott Rewards earning cards to rack them up even faster.
Hyatt points offer the most generous regular transfer exchange rate at about 0.48, which is like cutting your points in about half.
That’s actually a pretty fair trade, since we value Hyatt points at about 1.5 cents each.
With Companion Pass, Southwest points can be worth up to about 3 cents each when you redeem for companion travel, so getting your Hyatt points cut in half gives you about the same value in Southwest rewards that you would get in Hyatt hotel rewards.
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