United Airlines and Marriott have been friends for long, and this extends across the breadth of their loyalty programmes as well. For instance, Marriott Bonvoy offers their Titanium Elites and Ambassador Elite members the United Mileage Plus Silver-tier complimentary, and Marriott, in turn, offers their Gold Elite status to United Mileage Plus Gold tier members and upwards. Marriott Bonvoy to United Mileage Plus conversion also converts from 3 Marriott Bonvoy points to 1.1 United MP miles (usually Marriott pegs at 1 Mile)
United is offering a 30% Bonus for conversions from various Hotel Programmes
Between September 1 and 30, 2022, United Mileage Plus is offering a special promotion for various hotel point transfers, such as Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, IHG One Rewards, Radisson Rewards Americas, World of Hyatt, Choice Privileges and Shangri-La Circle. Members who are interested in converting their Marriott Points to United Miles. United requires you to register for this promotion with your MP number before you can get the benefit of this promotion. Register here.
Of special interest to us is Marriott Bonvoy. Usually, Marriott offers a ratio of 3 Marriott Bonvoy points to convert into 1.1 United Mileage Plus Miles. Additionally, when you transfer out 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, you get a 5,000-mile bonus as well. So, when you convert 60,000 Marriott points, you receive 27,000 United Mileage Plus points in your account. In this case, you will receive an additional 8,100 United Mileage Plus miles as well, making it 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points = 35,100 United Mileage Plus miles.
Double Dipping with the American Express Transfer Bonuses
American Express has announced a transfer bonus with Marriott Bonvoy in India, the US and other markets as well. In India, the transfer bonus is 30%, while in the US, the transfer bonus is 20%. In the US, there are other programmes with a transfer bonus as well ongoing from Amex. Since a lot of our audience is Indian, we will focus on the transfer bonus of India here.
When you transfer 46,200 Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy, with the 30% bonus, it becomes 60,060 Marriott Bonvoy Points. I will round it down to 60,000 for simplicity. These 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points convert into 35,100 United Mileage Plus Miles. That essentially means 46,200 Membership Rewards points to become 35,100 United Mileage Plus Miles.
A couple of things to note with this United promotion. Firstly, United Mileage Plus miles do not expire. However, the award charts are dynamic in case you want to redeem in the US or across the globe with Star Alliance. Second, United Mileage Plus will cap the conversion of the bonus points at 25,000 bonus miles. These bonus miles will be credited into the account of the member by January 31, 2023.
United is offering a 30% bonus on the conversion of Marriott Bonvoy reward points to United Mileage Plus through September 30, 2022, 11:59 Eastern Standard time. The bonus United Mileage Plus miles are capped at 25,000 miles. There is also an opportunity to double dip with the American Express transfer bonus that is being granted for conversion to Marriott Bonvoy points.
What do you make of this promotion? Are you going to convert your Amex/Marriott Bonvoy points to United Mileage Plus miles?
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