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A few weeks ago I wrote about a promotion where you could transfer your Marriott points to American Airlines with a 20% bonus. Well, that same promotion is now available with US Airways – though October 31 you can get a 20% bonus when you transfer your Marriott points to US Airways’s loyalty program.
Transferring points directly to US Airways probably doesn’t make the most sense, but you might be able to find a great value when redeeming your points for the “Hotel + Air” packages. Here is the Hotel + Air Package for US Airways:
Marriott offers you various Hotel + Air packages which allows you to redeem your points for a seven night stay at the category of your choice, plus airline miles to help you get to your destination. In actuality, the airline miles are just transferred to your airline account and you do not actually have to use the miles alongside your free Marriott hotel nights. For those that are looking to stay at the same resort for seven nights, this is an excellent value for your points. The one exception is if you are going on an off-peak time and that particular hotel is offering PointSaver award redemptions at a lower price.
If you redeem for one of these awards, the amount of miles that is transferred over to US Airways miles will get the 20% bonus. You will also notice that there are four different levels for redeeming your points. Every increment you go up you are essentially getting a 1:1 value for your Marriott points converting to US Airways miles. In my opinion, transferring for the highest number of Marriott points for that specific category award could be well worth it! This is because I value 1 US Airway mile more than 1 Marriott point.
Let’s say you are looking to stay 7-nights in a category 7 hotel. The best option for you is to transfer 330,000 Marriott points into a 7-night certificate and 120,000 US Airways miles. Once the transfer goes through you’ll get a 20% bonus tacked onto those miles, so you’ll really be getting 144,000 US Airways miles! To put a value on this – a few months ago I valued Marriott points at about .75 cents per point (related blog post). So these 330,000 points if redeemed at Marriott hotels could be worth around $2,475. I’d then value US Airways miles at about 1.6 cents per point. So those 144,000 US Airways miles can be valued at $2,304. While the values come pretty close you are still getting a 7-night stay at a category 7 hotel on top of the airline miles! So if you have enough Marriott points to redeem and are looking at an extended stay, this can be a great value! Even without the bonus, this Hotel + Air Package is worth looking at in the future.