Marriott Bonvoy and United Airlines have a special partnership, officially known as RewardsPlus.
Through the partnership, elite members of the respective programs, Marriott Bonvoy and United MileagePlus, receive reciprocal benefits, as well as seamless points/miles transfers between the programs.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the preferred partnership between Marriott Bonvoy and United MileagePlus, and how you could stand to benefit from it.
What Is Marriott and United’s RewardsPlus Partnership?
For example, if you’re a Titanium or Ambassador Elite member with Marriott Bonvoy, you’ll automatically qualify for United MileagePlus Premier Silver status, and enjoy its associated benefits.
Meanwhile, if you have United MileagePlus Premier Gold, Platinum, or 1K status, you’ll automatically qualify for Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status through the RewardsPlus partnership, and enjoy its associated benefits.
You’ll automatically qualify for the higher status given under the partnership, as long as you’re eligible and register your accounts. This means that you don’t have to achieve the required nights at Marriott properties for Gold Elite status, or take the required flights with United to receive Premier Silver status.
Moreover, you’ll enjoy the full suite of benefits associated with the status you receive through RewardsPlus. In other words, you get the same benefits as someone who organically qualified for the status.
Aside from reciprocal status and benefits, the preferred partnership between Marriott Bonvoy and United MileagePlus also entails the seamless transfer of points and miles between the two programs.
When transferring to United MileagePlus, all Marriott Bonvoy members get 10,000 bonus United miles for every 60,000 Bonvoy points transferred. By comparison, transferring to other airline programs gives you only an extra 5,000 miles/points, or none at all.
On the other hand, members who hold United MileagePlus Silver status or higher may convert United miles to Bonvoy points at a 1:1 ratio. Miles-to-points conversions aren’t at all available with other hotel chains United has a partnership with.
To benefit from the preferred partnership, make sure your Marriott Bonvoy account is linked to your United…