Should You Transfer Choice Points to United with a 100% Bonus?

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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:

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.

Click here to transfer Choice points to United miles.

Our Take

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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  • Just transferred 5000 points to extend the expiry of my remaining Choice points balance. The website still has reference to the promotion when you go to the TRANSFER page btw.

  • I did a similar conversion some time ago and if I remember well there were a bonus out from Choice and one bonus in from United so the conversion was at a better rate.
    So this time I don’t do this conversion again.
    Anyway, some people in particular cases may find it very useful.

  • I prefer to keep my airline points. Not sure how this deal works.

  • Normally the hotel points are worth less than airline miles

  • That’s a pretty decent transfer option considering if we can’t use the Choice points and that United no longer has an expiry policy. Depends on personal preference at this point, but good bonus offer.

  • Be careful with the promotion, let me explain!

    My link to transfer from Choice Hotels to United wasn’t working so I called Choice Hotels… I was told that this promotion is only valid for activity and points earned during the promotional period, so apparently you can’t convert your current choice points to United at the newer higher rate (instead of receiving 2,000 United miles per 5,000 Choice points, you’d only get 1,000 United miles).

    This is very misleading by Choice, and the rep told me she reported it to her management for correction…

    • Whoa! That’s extremely misleading. And now I see that Choice has removed references to this promotion from its website. So, it seems this promotion is quite the dud.

  • I think it is too easy to get United Points by transferring my Chase UR or Marriott points. I actually value the Choice points so I can use them one day on otherwise very expensive hotels in Scandinavia.

  • If for some reason you’re sitting on a pile of Choice points you don’t know what to do with, this may well be the time to convert them over to United Mileage Plus (MP) Miles. I use United MP to fly free to Bangkok and back in Biz class on United, SAS, Thai Airways, Air China, and United again (First Class this time from PEK-ORD – United First Class -it’s the best Business class in the sky!). There are some super value options on United and esp. Star Alliance in the front of the plane if you look hard enough and have some luck 🍀- much more fun than most of the nights you will spend in a “Choice” hotel!

  • Not sure if it’s a good deal. On the one hand United will have fully vaxxed employees; on the other they’re still awful.

  • Accor — United

    I did not know that.

  • As you pointed out, it’s very much a YMMV proposition.

  • I do need to add to my United account. I don’t know what I would my choice points for so I have been thinking about transferring them to United. It wouldn’t be bad to have points in my Choice account to use one day. It’s not a ton of points and I can add to them from Amex so I will have to think about that before using any towards United.

  • I always just have random Choice Points that I can’t do anything with so this type of promotion is useful.

  • This is an interesting promotion if you are planning on flying United and need the miles.

  • Hmmm. May not be a great value but I just received 1000 choice points for completing a survey (I’m a points ho, get them however I can). Had prior balance of 0 and don’t typically stay at Choice so even though it would only be a few hundred miles, I’ll get more use of the UA miles.
    Thanks for the article!

    • That’s a fair analysis. If the points are otherwise worthless to you and will expire, transferring them out is better than the alternative.

  • Robert Nagy says:

    One has to figure out what is the best strategy for himself and it’s hard to plan with this pandemic!