News in brief:
Marriott launches conversion bonus to American Airlines
Marriott Rewards is currently offering a 20% bonus if you convert your points into American Airlines miles.
Full details are on the American Airlines site here. The offer runs until 14th November.
This includes miles transferred through redeeming for a Marriott travel package. This is probably the most valuable Marriott Rewards redemption as I explained here.
Remember that you can now convert your Starwood points into Marriott Rewards at the rate of 1:3 although – depending on the quantity – it is not necessarily a better deal than going directly from Starwood to American.
United Airlines runs a 25% – 40% bonus from all major hotel chains
Not be outdone, United Airlines has launched its own hotel conversion bonus. Until 30th November, you will receive:
50% bonus on Choice Privileges
40% bonus on Club Carlson
25% bonus on Marriott Rewards, Hilton HHonors, IHG Rewards Club, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, Wyndham Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle
The maximum cumulative bonus you can receive is 20,000 United MileagePlus miles
You must register via this link
The bonus miles will not arrive until 30th January 2017
In general, hotel points are generally best used for hotel stays. Starwood is usually the best value when converting to airlines, but United is an exception as it has a particularly poor SPG conversion rate in the first place. That said, this offer will work for some people who use United for their Star Alliance flights and who have a few orphan hotel points.
Hilton and Flying Blue bonus
The standard earning rate is 1 mile per $1 spent which will quadruple to 4 miles per $1 spent.
This only kicks in from your SECOND stay after registration.
If you register for ‘double points’ as well (outlined in this article) you will probably receive double points and quadruple miles from your stays. You need to change your earning preference to ‘points and miles’ with Flying Blue as your chosen miles partner.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)