Transfer Hotel Points To LifeMiles With A 25% Bonus

Between May 29 and June 30, 2017, LifeMiles is offering a 25% bonus when you convert select hotel points into LifeMiles.

The bonus can be used for multiple hotel partners, and bonus miles should post to your LifeMiles account within seven days of when you request the points transfers. There’s no registration required, so you should be eligible for the bonus as long as you convert points during the promotion period.

The following hotel partners are eligible for this bonus:

  • Hilton Honors
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Le Club Accor
  • Marriott Rewards
  • Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Wyndham Rewards

Everyone can crunch the numbers for themselves, but I’d say the one partner where this could make the most sense is with Starwood Preferred Guest. Starpoints convert into LifeMiles at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 points transferred you get 5,000 bonus miles. So if you transferred 20,000 Starpoints you’d get 31,250 LifeMiles, meaning you can potentially convert Starpoints into LifeMiles at a 1:1.5625 ratio, which is something that some will find worthwhile.

Some might find value with LifeMiles’ other hotel partners as well, though I think that’s the most worthwhile one.

As a reminder, LifeMiles is a great frequent flyer program for Star Alliance premium cabin redemptions. They don’t impose fuel surcharges, and have reasonable award costs in most regions. To give a few examples of one-way award costs:

  • U.S. to Europe in business class costs 63,000 miles
  • U.S. to Europe in first class costs 87,000 miles
  • U.S. to Southeast Asia in business class costs 78,000 miles
  • U.S. to North Asia in first class costs 90,000 miles


Redeem LifeMiles for Lufthansa business class

However, do note that LifeMiles doesn’t always have access to all award availability. Sometimes they don’t have access to some flights in Lufthansa first class, Austrian business class, etc. It varies by the date and route, so you’ll want to check out the LifeMiles online award search tool to be sure.

Lastly, keep in mind that LifeMiles frequently sells miles at a discount, often for as little as ~1.4 cents each. So you’ll want to keep that in mind when deciding whether or not it’s worth redeeming hotel points this way.

Bottom line

It’s at least worth being aware of the 25% bonus that you can get if converting hotel points into LifeMiles. Personally I’d rather buy LifeMiles outright when they’re on sale, rather than redeem valuable Starpoints this way, though I know others will feel differently.

(Tip of the hat to Doctor of Credit)

Comments

  1. What about transferring SPG points to Marriot at a 1:3 ratio and then transferring to LifeMiles? Wouldn’t that be a better return?

  2. @Stefano

    Personally, I would only consider that option if I was redeeming a Marriott Travel Package with 7 nights.

  3. Ok you’re right. 10,000 Marriott points equals 1500 lifemiles. Not a good return at all.

  4. I think another great use of this is with the Citi ThankYou Premier Card.
    with Citi ThankYou card, you get 30K points (after spending $3,000 in 90 days).
    Some of the links currently offer 1st year annual fee waved ($95 after that).

    After you spend the minimum spend $3,000, you will end up with 33K ThankYou points.
    you can transfer those points to Hilton at 1,000:1,5000 rate (which will give you 49,500 hilton points).
    Then you can transfer those hilton points to LifeMiles with the 25% bonus and that will get you 61,875 LifeMiles.

    So technically, 33K ThankYou points from citi could be converted into 61,875 LifeMiles.

    I think that’s a great use of ThankYou points.

    Thanks

  5. Just realized that Hilton points transfer to LifeMiles at 10,000:1,000 ration. So my above comment is not correct. Sorry

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