Transfer Hotel Points to US Airways with a 50% Bonus

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Through the month of April, when transferring your hotel points to US Airways you will earn a 50% bonus on the transferred points. For the most part, it is still not worth it to transfer your hotel points as the transfer ratio is typically horrible, but let’s go through each scenario. If you have some lingered points in a random hotel program that you won’t use anyways though, this could be worth it.

  • Best Western: 5,000 points = 1,000 miles (with the bonus = 1,500 miles)
    • A free night starts at 8,000 points, but full price for this low level category is probably no more than $60. Two free nights at a total of 16,000 points will get you about 4,500 US Airways miles, and at 2 cents per mile is worth about $90.
  • Club Carlson: 2,000 points = 250 miles (with the bonus = 375 miles); 50,000 points = 8,000 miles (with the bonus = 12,000 miles); 100,000 points = 18,000 miles (with the bonus = 27,000 miles)
    • A top Club Carlson hotel will cost you 50,000 points, but by transferring this amount to US Airways you’ll earn 9,375 miles, worth about $187.50. I personally value a free hotel night (especially if you have the Club Carlson credit card and can get your 2nd night free) over the US Airways value. Although, if you earned points during some of the great Club Carlson promotions these past two years and are now finding out you really won’t use them, than a good opportunity to transfer. I’m still saving my Club Carlson points for Europe!
  • Priority Club: 10,000 points = 2,000 miles (with the bonus = 3,000 miles)
    • This could potentially be a good transfer option, but it really depends on how you value your Priority Club points and your US Airways miles. If you are able to redeem for a point saver 5,000 point hotel then absolutely do not transfer. But with the recent devaluation of this program, there might be value. This one really comes down to the person.
  • Wyndham Rewards: 8,000 points = 3,200 miles (with the bonus = 4,800 miles) *there are other transfer options, but the ratio is the same
    • Wyndham has always been one of the more decent points to mile conversions, especially since people have picked up Wyndham miles cheaply over the past few years with the Daily Getaways promos and the 16,000 point promos. If your intention of “buying” these miles cheaply has been to transfer to an airline partner then this could be a good opportunity. I personally am saving my Wyndham points to transfer to Southwest next January to count towards my companion pass.
  • La Quinta Returns: 6,000 points = 1,000 miles (with the bonus 1,500 miles); 10,000 points = 2,000 miles (with the bonus 3,000 miles).
    • You can actually get a great La Quinta hotel for 15,000 points (New Orleans for example), so I wouldn’t be so quick to transfer your points. La Quinta also has some great airport hotels. However, if you have some orphaned points laying around, this could be a good time to get rid of them.
  • Choice Privileges: 5,000 points = 1,000 miles (with the bonus = 1,500 miles)
    • Again, not the best value, but if you have orphaned points this is a great way to clean out your account.
  • Hilton HHonors: 10,000 points = 850 miles (with the bonus = 1,275 miles)
    • Even with this recent Hilton devaluation, this is still not a great usage of your Hilton points!
  • Marriott Rewards: 10,000 points = 2,000 miles (with the bonus = 3,000 miles); 20,000 points = 5,000 miles (with the bonus = 7,500 miles); 30,000 points = 10,000 miles (with the bonus = 15,000 miles); 70,000 points = 25,000 miles (with the bonus = 37,500 miles); 125,000 points = 50,000 miles (with the bonus = 75,000 miles)
    • This is only valuable if you do the flight + air package deals. While I will still be keeping my Marriott points, there could be a great opportunity with this option. The Frequent Miler also points out how you can ultimately convert your Chase Ultimate Reward points to US Airways through this option. I’ll let you read his post to fully read up on it if interested, but ultimately you are transferring Chase points to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio and then your Marriott points to US Airways using the flight + air package deal.

Ultimately it really comes down to how do you value your hotel points and airline miles. As an overall statement, you probably will not find value in transferring your points, accept for two reasons: 1) you have an overload of hotel points and are lacking on the miles front; or 2) you have some random hotel points here and there that you’ll never use and can always use US Airways miles.

Now, while nothing has been officially announced, there is a high probability that your US Airways miles will eventually transfer to American Airline miles, and my assumption is at a 1:1 ratio. So if you are looking for AA miles this might be a way to get them.

Unfortunately, Starwood points transferred are NOT eligible for the 50% bonus. When Wyndham ran this exact same promotion last year, this transfer was eligible, but not this year. As many of you know, Starwood’s transfer rate is 1:1, so this would have been a fantastic transfer, but no luck.

To get the 50% bonus, no registration is needed but you must convert your points to miles by April 30, 2013. You will only earn the 50% bonus once (I assume on your first transaction) to transfer wisely.

Thanks to View from the Wing for sharing this promotion!

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  1. I had 2000 Choice Privileges points that were going to expire this year, so transferring them was better than losing them!

  2. It appears that the voila hotel point transfer isn’t eligible either although not really detailed on the website that I could find.

  3. I transfered 10K best western pt which gets me 2000 pt + 50% bonus. However, only 2000 pts were posted to DM account. Do the bonus get posted later?

    • @zh – Bonus miles will post 6 – 8 weeks from date of transaction. I included the link in the post which list out all the terms.

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