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Until the end of August 2021, Choice Privileges members can transfer their points to United MileagePlus with a 100% bonus. But should you? Although this deal might sound good, it's rarely a good idea to transfer from a hotel rewards program to an airline — except for Marriott Bonvoy points and in unique circumstances.
Transferring Hotel Rewards Points to United
There are 6 hotel chains you can transfer rewards points from to United MileagePlus miles:
- Accor Live Limitless points transfer at a 2:1 ratio
- Choice Privileges points transfer at a 5:1 ratio
- Hilton Honors points transfer at a 10:1 ratio
- World of Hyatt points transfer at a 2.5:1 ratio, plus 5,000 bonus miles when you transfer 50,000 points
- Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a 3:1 ratio, plus 5,000 bonus miles when you transfer 60,000 points
- Radisson Rewards points transfer at a 10:1 ratio
However, different hotel points are worth different values. Here's how AwardWallet values points and miles:
- United MileagePlus miles: 2.65 cents — based on recent AwardWallet user redemptions
- Hilton Honors points: 0.63 cents — based on recent AwardWallet user redemptions
- World of Hyatt points: 2.22 cents — based on recent AwardWallet user redemptions
- Marriott Bonvoy points: 1.00 cent — based on recent AwardWallet user redemptions
- Accor Live Limitless points: 2.2 cents — based on a flat redemption of €40 per 2,000 points
- Choice Privileges points: 0.6 cents
- Radisson Rewards points: 0.4 cents
By combining the transfer rates and values, you'll find that:
- 10,000 Accor points ($220) nets 5,000 miles ($133)
- 10,000 Choice points ($60) nets 2,000 miles ($53)
- 10,000 Hilton points ($63) nets 1,000 miles ($27)
- 10,000 Hyatt points ($222) nets 4,000 miles ($106)
- 10,000 Marriott points ($100) nets 3,333 miles ($88)
- 10,000 Radisson points ($40) nets 1,000 miles ($27)
From this list, you can see that Choice gives the best transfer ratio. However, this is based on recent AwardWallet user redemptions — not the base value that you'll get from United miles. Other websites value United points at as little as 1 cent each, especially for economy class.
If you value United miles closer to one cent each, you can see it would be ridiculous to transfer hotel points to United miles — unless you really needed to top up your miles for a flight.
Choice to United 100% Transfer Bonus Promotion
Until the end of August 2021, Choice Privileges members can receive a 100% bonus when transferring points to United MileagePlus miles. That means you will get a 2.5 to 1 transfer ratio, instead of 5 to 1.
Depending on how you value United points, this might be a good deal. Based on recent redemptions, you'll get $106 worth of United miles for every $60 worth of Choice points you transfer. But, if your value of United miles is below 1.5 cents each, transferring points to miles doesn't make as much sense.
This promotion is really going to depend on how you value your United MileagePlus miles and Choice Privileges points. If you're planning to fly business class and you can get over 1.5 cents in value from your United miles, consider taking advantage of this promotion if you need to top up your United miles. Otherwise, it's safe to say it's never really a good idea to transfer hotel points to airline miles.
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