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While I usually advise readers that converting hotel points to airline miles is generally a poor proposition, every now and again deals line up in a way that changes the math for the better. Right now is one of those times and, as a result, you can currently buy United Miles at anywhere between 1.13 cents and 1.3 cents each. That’s fantastic.
Last week I received an email from United MileagePlus letting me know that, through 30 November 2017, I can convert hotel points to United Miles with a 30% bonus.
This in itself isn’t all that interesting and, had I not had some time on my hands over the weekend, I wouldn’t have given this any attention.
Well, it’s a good thing I did look into this further as there’s a fantastic deal to be had.
By itself the 30% bonus United is offering doesn’t really provide all that much incentive to move any points around but, when combined with another two promotions that are available right now, things get a lot more interesting.
Here’s What You Need To Know
- There is a promotion running right now which sees Choice Privilege points convert to United Miles at a rate of 5,000 points to 2,500 miles
- You can use the 30% bonus that United MileagePlus is currently offering in addition to the promotion above – this sees Choice Privilege Points convert at a rate of 5,000 points to 3,250 miles
- Through 12 November 2017 you can buy Choice Privilege Points with a targeted bonus of between 30% and 50%.
I was targeted for a 30% bonus but bonuses of up to 50% are available
If you were targeted for the lowest available bonus (30%) then buying the maximum allowable number of points (50,000) will see you net 65,000 Choice Privilege Points for $550:
At the current conversion ratio those 65,000 points can be converted to 42,250 United MileagePlus Miles.
Effectively you would have bought 42,250 United Miles for $550 which is a cost of ~1.30 cents per mile.
If you were targeted for the full 50% bonus the math looks even sweeter – you could buy 75,000 Choice Points for $550 and those points would convert to 48,750 United Miles – that is a effective cost of ~1.13 cents per mile.
If you already have Choice Privilege Points in your account then obviously you could convert those to United Miles too (no need to buy points)….just make sure you bear in mind the fact that United caps it’s bonus at 25,000 miles.
This means that you can convert up to 165,000 Choice Points while still getting the 5,000 points to 3,250 miles transfer ratio – and conversions above that amount will convert at 5,000 points to 2,500 miles (through 30 November).
You’re not going to be able to buy enough United Miles to book a Business Class award to Europe or Asia but you’ll certainly be able to top up your account very nicely…and at a maximum cost of 1.3 cents per mile you’ll be topping up your account at a very good rate indeed.
To put things in context, the last two mileage sales that United has offered saw miles being sold at 2.15 cents and 2.69 cents each and the best rate I remember ever seeing them sold at is at around 1.8 cents each.
This set of deals blows all of that out of the water so, if you need to top up your United MileagePlus account, you have through 12 November 2017, to make the most of this opportunity.