Hotel Nights to United Flights? I’ll Pass…

There is no need to sleep on this one pertaining to the promotion of turning your hotel nights into United Airlines flights, as the exchange ratio from hotel frequent guest loyalty program points to United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles is poor at best — even with bonus miles to sweeten the deal — as shown below with transfers of hotel frequent guest loyalty program points converted to:

  • 5,000 – 9,999 MileagePlus miles will earn 1,000 bonus MileagePlus miles
  • 10,000 – 19,999 MileagePlus miles will earn 2,500 bonus MileagePlus miles
  • 20,000 – 49,999 MileagePlus miles will earn 5,000 bonus MileagePlus miles
  • 50,000 MileagePlus miles or more will earn 15,000 bonus MileagePlus miles

Depending on the frequent guest loyalty program, hotel points convert to United Airlines MileagePlus miles in a range from two frequent guest loyalty points per United Airlines MileagePlus mile to ten frequent guest loyalty points per United Airlines MileagePlus mile.
Imagine converting 100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points to 18,000 United Airlines MileagePlus miles, or 100,000 Hilton HHonors points to 10,000 United Airlines MileagePlus miles. Hey — in both cases, you will get a bonus of 2,500 United Airlines MileagePlus miles. However — even with the bonus — that still does not add up for the least expensive round-trip award ticket within the domestic United States.
Unless you desperately need to top off your United Airlines MileagePlus account, I would advise not taking advantage of this promotion. Use your hotel points for better redemption possibilities which are more worthwhile to you — like, perhaps, several free nights at a hotel, which could easily be worth more than a domestic round-trip award ticket on United Airlines.
Don’t believe me? Fellow FlyerTalk members are more than happy to do the math for you.
This promotion is valid through November 30, 2012 only for residents of the United States, and you must register first. Terms and conditions apply.

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