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If you stay with many different hotel brands but don’t have enough points for a free room, could transferring them to United MileagePlus make sense? If you move your hotel points to MileagePlus by November 30, 2017, you can earn 30% more award miles for every transfer, up to 25,000 in bonuses – enough for one domestic round-trip economy saver award.
With nine hotel partners, your actual transfer value for points may not always be the best. After doing the math, here is where we think you will get the best value from transferring hotel points to MileagePlus.
The Deal: Marriott and United have a longstanding partnership, which includes matching elite status between the two partners. But options for transferring Marriott Rewards points to MileagePlus miles are limited to:
With the 30% bonus, you could get an additional 600 bonus miles for transferring 8,000 points, up to 15,000 bonus miles for transferring 112,000 points.
The Value: We value Marriott Rewards points at .7 cents each, making this a decent opportunity. For 8,000 Marriott points, you exchange just over $50 in hotel credit for around $40 towards a United flight, assuming MileagePlus miles are worth two cents each. With 112,000 points, $784 of potential hotel credit becomes $1,000 aboard United or potentially another Star Alliance carrier.
If you do not have very many Marriott Rewards points, making this transfer could make sense if you are topping off for an award ticket. If you received the 80,000 points bonus from the Marriott Rewards Premier card, a better use of your points could be booking a Hotel + Air package through Marriott.
The Deal: Hilton Honors can be converted to MileagePlus miles, but only if you have enough points. 10,000 Honors Points equates to 1,000 United MileagePlus award miles, and can only be transferred in increments of 10,000 points.
The Value: On average, we value Hilton Honors points at 0.5 cents per point, making this a bad deal: you would exchange $50 in value towards a hotel room for just over $20 towards a flight. If you have the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express, not only will you receive Gold status with the chain, but also receive bonus points for your stay – giving you even more value with every stay towards free nights. If you have absolutely no use for Honors points, think about transferring them to a friend for free.
The Deal: Since merging with Marriott, you can exchange Starpoints for Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio and match your status between programs – which can be useful for United’s match through the RewardsPlus program. When transferring Starpoints to MileagePlus, two points equates to one mile, with no minimum transfer.
The Value: This is not your best value for the miles: Starpoints can be transferred to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, American Airlines AAdvantage, Delta Air Lines SkyMiles, or many other international airlines at a one-to-one ratio. Starpoints can also be used to book flights directly through Starwood, based on the ticket price.
The Deal: If you will not be staying at an IHG property before your points expire, transferring them to United MileagePlus miles is an option. 10,000 IHG points converts to 2,000 United miles, in minimums of 10,000 points each.
The Value: This is a poor value of points. We value IHG Rewards Club points at 0.5 cents per mile, with even more value coming from quarterly IHG PointBreaks. If you can’t use IHG points, consider transferring them to a friend or family member: 1,000 points can be sent to another IHG Rewards Club member for $5.
The Deal: Club Carlson points can be transferred to United in set increments, with no bonus for transferring more points. When moving points to MileagePlus, your options are:
Your bonus value from the 30% promotion ranges from 60 miles on 2,000 points, to 3,000 miles on 100,000 points.
The Value: This is a judgement call based on your travel habits. If you travel to Europe often and stay at Carlson hotels, including Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn, or Quorvus Collection hotels, this is a bad value. With an average value of around .41 cents per point, you give up 10 percent of your value for MileagePlus miles.
On the other side, if you have only stayed at a couple Club Carlson hotels and don’t have many points, a transfer could make them usable. Club Carlson points can also be transferred to over 20 different airlines at the same exchange rate.
The Deal: Through World of Hyatt, hotel points can be converted into MileagePlus miles. 2.5 World of Hyatt points equals 1 MileagePlus mile, with a 5,000-mile bonus for converting 50,000 points into 20,000 miles. With the 30% bonus, you could get an additional 11,000 miles for converting 50,000 points: 5,000 miles from the regular bonus, and 6,000 promotion miles.
The Value: We value World of Hyatt points at 1.8 cents each, which is higher than many other hotel programs. With numerous Hyatt options around the world, you would give up value in World of Hyatt for airline miles. Unless you need a top off for a luxury award and have no other options, you should avoid this transfer option entirely.
The Deal: Right now, you can earn more United MileagePlus miles when you transfer your Choice Privileges points. Through November 30, 2017, you can exchange 5,000 points for 2,500. Afterwards, points will transfer at 5,000 points for 1,000 miles. With the 30% bonus, you could get 3,250 miles for 5,000 Choice Privileges points.
The Value: Choice Privileges awards are hit-and-miss, and their properties are not as luxurious as those in other points programs. With the extra bonus from Choice Privileges and the 30% MileagePlus bonus, this transfer could represent a good overall value if you need to top off your account for a specific award during the promotional period.
The Deal: Wyndham Rewards offers transfers to several other airline programs, including United MileagePlus, but in set increments. Options to transfer points include:
With the 30% transfer bonus, you could earn an additional 360 miles for 6,000 points, up to 1,800 for 30,000 points.
The Value: Wyndham Rewards is the simplest rewards program out there: 15,000 points gets you a free night at any Wyndham-affiliated hotel, including several Viva Wyndham resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Transferring two nights at an all-inclusive resort for 7,800 miles is a very poor value – so you should avoid this option.
The Deal: If you have stayed in a Shangri-La resort, you may be familiar with the Shangri-La Golden Circle loyalty program. Members of both Golden Circle and MileagePlus can transfer their points at a 1:1 ratio, with a minimum of 2,500 Golden Circle Rewards Points.
The Value: Standard room awards for Shangri-La resorts in Asia start between 1,000 and 3,500 points, meaning you would potentially lose value on transferring points. If you had to transfer points to an airline program, you can transfer to both ANA Mileage Club or Cathay Pacific Asia Miles at a lower minimum and at the same one-to-one ratio.
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