Transfer Hotel Points to UA and Get a 30% Bonus! Possible to Transfer SPG to UA at a 1:2.1 Ratio~

This post is a collection of hotel points -> UA miles promotions. Similar hotel points -> AA miles promotions are collected here.

2017.10.12: 30% Bonus Miles

There is a limited time promotion for UA that through November 30, you will earn a 30% mileage bonus (up to 25000 bonus award miles) when you transfer hotel points to UA. The official promotion site is Some details we need to pay attention to are as follows.

  • Register using your United MileagePlus number
  • Convert hotel points into MileagePlus award miles by November 30, 2017.
  • Earn 30% bonus miles on all points-to-miles transfers, up to 25,000 miles.
  • The Marriott Travel Packages are included in this promo.

Points from a bunch of hotels can be transferred to UA miles, including Marriott, Hyatt, SPG etc. However, the transfer ratios for most of them are not 1:1, which are not recommended and therefore are not mentioned here.

(1) Marriott Direct Transfer

One exception is Marriott. The original transfer ratio is not bad. Including the 30% bonus promotion, it becomes a fantastic deal. The point values are 0.8 c/p for Marriott and 1.6 c/p for UA miles, respectively. Based on these, the value of Marriott points increases as long as the transfer ratio from Marriott to UA is larger than 1:0.5.

Below shows the original transfer ratio from Marriott to UA. (Official webpage)

Marriott Points You PayUA Miles You GetRatio (Marriott/UA)
8,000 2,000 MileagePlus miles1:0.25
16,000 5,000 MileagePlus miles1:0.31
24,000 10,000 MileagePlus miles1:0.42
56,000 25,000 MileagePlus miles1:0.45
112,000 50,000 MileagePlus miles1:0.45

The more Marriott points you redeem, the better transfer ratio you will achieve. Keep in mind that we can now transfer points at will between SPG and Marriott at 1:3 ratio, indicating that your Marriott points can be supplied from SPG points. Take 56k Marriott -> 25k UA level as an instance, with the 30% promotion, you can get 32.5k UA miles. It increases the transfer ratio to 1:0.58, which is great.

(2) Marriott Travel Packages

If you have a lot of Marriott points, the most profitable redemption is to redeem for the Marriott Travel Packages. A complete guide about the Marriott Travel Packages is here.


The Marriott Flight and Hotel Packages

Marriott package offers do require a lot of Marriott points, but the good news is even though you may not have enough Marriott points, you can “fill” your Marriott account by transferring SPG points.

The most appealing level for the original Marriott package is 270k Marriott->132k UA + 7 FN. Counting in the 30% promotion, one can get 90k SPG = 270k Marriott -> 157k UA + 7 FN. Even if we do not utilize the 7 FN, the transfer ratio can be as high as 1:0.58!

This is a very important reminder that the 7 FN needs to be redeemed on seven consecutive nights without any interruption, which may not be utilized fully. But again, even if we do not take 7 FN into account, the Marriott packages are really a good deal. Besides, in A Complete Guide to the Marriott Travel Packages, we introduced that we can cancel the hotel portion and get some points back. If we ask to cancel the 7 nights of category 1~5, we will get 45k Marriott points (or 15k SPG points) back. In this case, it’s equivalent to spend 225k Marriott points and get 157k UA miles, the Marriott -> UA transfer rate is as high as 1:0.70 (equivalently, the SPG -> UA transfer rate is as high as 1:2.1)!

2016.10.14: 25% Bonus Miles (Expired)
2015.07.31: 25% Bonus Miles (Expired)

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  • Denis

    Hi, I think you didn’t put the numbers right, that chart includes 25% bonus.

    “Take 56k Marriott -> 25k UA level as an instance, with the 25% promotion, you can get 31.25k UA miles. 18.67k SPG = 56k Marriott -> 31.25k UA miles, it increases the transfer ratio to 1:0.56, which is a steal.”

    You will get only 25k united miles like it says on the chart not 25% more, just like it says on their website

    +they say it will take 6 weeks! WTF? for a simple points transfer!

    • The 25% is a promotion, after you register the promo, you will get it in Jan 2017.

      • Denis

        so right now I have to pay 56k Marriott for 25K united, but in Jan 2017 they will also deposit 25% more united points? It just doesn’t clearly say anywhere on their page.

        The only thing it says here about 6 weeks do you know if it’s for that 25% additional bonus or first points will take 6 weeks as well?

        • 6 weeks is an upper bond for the transfer time. Data points show that the points will be posted in 2~3 business days. The additional 25% will be posted later: “Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for miles to post to your account.”.

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