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How to convert Marriott Bonvoy hotel points into Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club points!

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Because most frequent traveller currencies can be converted into something else, there are always odd opportunities that get thrown up. Sometimes you can do a conversion which you would logically not expect to be possible.  This is one of them.

In general, a golden rule of airline programmes is that you cannot convert OUT of them. Pretty much every hotel and car hire programme lets you convert INTO airline miles, but very rarely the other way.

The main exception is Hilton. There were once quite a few airlines that let you convert INTO Hilton Honors points, including American Airlines, but they have gradually been chipped away.  Virgin Atlantic is the last major airline offering a conversion into Hilton Honors points.

How to convert Marriott Bonvoy points into Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club points

The rate isn’t great, to be honest.  Take a look here. Virgin Flying Club miles can be converted into Hilton Honors points at the rate of 2:3 (minimum 10,000 Virgin Atlantic miles, and in multiples of 10,000).

Virgin Atlantic also lets you convert into IHG Rewards Club points.  Take a look here.  The conversion rate is 1:1 (minimum 10,000 Virgin Atlantic miles and in multiples of 5,000).

I value a Hilton point at 0.33p and an IHG point at 0.4p.  Whichever way you go, you won’t be getting more than 0.5p of value for each Virgin Atlantic mile you move.

However, for anyone who earns Virgin Flying Club miles through work but doesn’t like redeeming them for flights due to the taxes and charges involved, or the restrictions of the Virgin Atlantic route network, this could be an acceptable way to use them.

Convert Virgin miles to Hilton or IHG

How to move Marriott Bonvoy points to Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club

This leads us on the article headline – can you convert Marriott Bonvoy points into Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club points?  It turns out that you can – at a price.

Most hotel programmes allow you to convert your hotel points into airline miles.  By far, the most attractive rate is offered by Marriott Bonvoy. The usual transfer rate is 3:1, but you get a 25% bonus if you convert 60,000 Bonvoy points at once into airline miles.

You could therefore do the following transfer:

  • Convert 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
  • Convert 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles to 37,500 Hilton Honors points or 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points

WARNING:  You won’t gain any value by doing this.

In general, 60,000 Marriott points will get you a better hotel than 37,500 Hilton Honors points or 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points.

I’d value 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (x 0.5p) at £300.  This compares with (x 0.35p) £131 of Hilton Honors points or (x 0.4p) £100 of IHG Rewards Club points.  You are losing up to 2/3rd of the value of your Marriott Bonvoy points if you do this so it isn’t recommended unless you have a very good reason.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(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.)

Comments (7)

  • JAXBA says: also allows some otherwise unusual transfers, at a poor exchange rate of course. Last time I checked, I could convert JetBlue points to IHG if I so wished.

    • RussellH says:

      These transfers can be very useful when one has just a few points that are never going to be added to, or at least not before they expire.

      At the end of 2017 I had just over 1000 Amtrak points from two trips to the US. If I had not used to convert them to a few IHG points, I would have lost them completely by now. Any value is far better than none at all.

      Note to self: must see if there is anything useful offers me for 1000+ Virgin Atlantic points.

      • RussellH says:

        No, nothing to be done with 1080 VS miles

        • ankomonkey says:

          Not much can be done with far larger amounts of VS miles right now either!

          • EwanG says:

            They (Virgin Group) are looking to expand what VS miles can be spent on, according to a survey I had in the past few days. A lot more experiences and travel options (e.g. Kenya safari, cruise) and items (ebike, scooter). They asked about outright buy options as well as competitions to win, nothing stood out as great value!!

          • Rob says:

            It won’t be, because they have to buy for cash everything they offer you. It will be 0.5p per mile at best.

            However, they MUST bring in more options because, assuming Flying Club miles start to be issued by the gyms and Virgin Media as planned, they need non-flight stuff.

  • Alex W says:

    If you are so desperate for hotel points it might work out better to buy points when there is 100% bonus offer.

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