Oct132014

One Marriott Rewards point for every 3 MileagePlus miles bought by October 20

United Airlines Mileage Plus has a limited time offer giving one Marriott Rewards point for every 3 MileagePlus miles bought by October 20, 2014. Miles are available in increments of 3,000 miles for purchases up to 150,000 miles. The maximum bonus with this offer is 50,000 Marriott Rewards points.

United miles with Marriott bonus points

Number Crunching

For 99.9% of you this offer is no deal. The high price of MileagePlus miles at $37.63 per 1,000 miles makes this an offer only for those who would buy Mileage Plus miles anyway.

Mileage Plus Miles Price

15,000 miles = $564.38 and earn 5,000 Marriott Rewards points.

150,000 miles = $5,643.75 and earn 50,000 Marriott Rewards points.

Now, if you are a business traveler who might consider spending $5,644 for 150,000 miles that might take you to some far-off place in First Class, then 50,000 Marriott Rewards as a $5,000 spend bonus is a nice rebate. You might even be able to book a free night at a Ritz-Carlton with the bonus points.

For us middle income air travelers, there is no real incentive here to buy United Mileage Plus miles at the rack rate of $37.63 per 1,000 miles. The Marriott Rewards points are not a substantial rebate. Marriott Rewards points can offer $100 room value with 10,000 points, but at this price for United miles, the Marriott Rewards points rebate is less than 10% of the miles purchase price, even if you get a high value Marriott Reward stay using points.

Mileage Plus members are better off waiting for a 20% discount rate on miles purchases or 20% bonus miles or some other Mileage Plus offer with an even better bonus.

Terms and Conditions

Limited time offer: For every 3 MileagePlus miles you purchase, get 1 free Marriott Rewards® point

(Displayed price includes all discounts) Offer Details: (010980)

  • Minimum purchase of 9,000 miles required for this promotion.
  • One (1) Marriott Rewards point will be awarded with the purchase of every three (3) MileagePlus award miles with a maximum of 50,000 Marriott Rewards points being awarded.
  • To receive Marriott Rewards points, an active Marriott Rewards number must be provided during the purchase of MileagePlus miles.
  • The MileagePlus account and the Marriott Rewards account must be registered to the same last name and belong to the same individual.
  • Please allow up to 6 weeks for Marriott Rewards points to be posted to your Marriott Rewards account.
  • Miles are available in increments of 3,000 up to a maximum of 150,000 miles.
  • Purchase up to 150,000 miles per account per calendar year.
  • Displayed price includes all discounts and taxes.
  • Credit card will be billed immediately upon purchase.
  • Mileage rates and other fees and offer terms are subject to change.
  • Allow 48 hours for miles to process and post to your MileagePlus account.
  • Miles are nonrefundable.
  • Promotional offer valid until 11:59 p.m. CT (Chicago local time) on October 20, 2014.
  • Purchased miles do not count toward MileagePlus Premier® status.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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