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How Marriott and United elites can status match with RewardsPlus

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Marriott Bonvoy and United MileagePlus have a close partnership known as RewardsPlus that allows members of both loyalty programs to convert rewards, enroll in complimentary elite status and earn extra miles on select hotel stays.

Today, we’ll take you through what you need to know about RewardsPlus to maximize Marriott stays and United flights.

How United elites can get Marriott status

St. Regis Dubai, the Palm entrance Marriott
Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite members enjoy complimentary enhanced internet. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY

If you hold United Premier Gold status (or higher), you can register here for complimentary Marriott Gold Elite status.

This status tier provides a 25% point bonus and complimentary enhanced internet. Gold Elite members may also receive an enhanced room upgrade (excluding suites) and a welcome gift of points upon check-in at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties.

You can’t register for Marriott Bonvoy status if you’re a United Premier member with a MileagePlus status match or challenge. You also won’t be eligible if you already have Marriott Gold Elite (or higher) status.

If you can’t snag Marriott Gold Elite status through the RewardsPlus program, remember its also a cardmember benefit of the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card, the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express (enrollment in the benefit is required).

Alternatively, you can upgrade to Marriott Platinum status by holding the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card.

Related: How to get Marriott Bonvoy elite status for life

How Marriott elites can get United status

United Airlines economy class on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
One of the best benefits of United Premier Silver status is complimentary access to Economy Plus seats at check-in on all United flights. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY

If you hold Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite or Ambassador Elite status, you can register here for complimentary United Premier Silver status.

This status tier provides a 40% mileage bonus, a complimentary checked bag up to 70 pounds, preferred seating and complimentary Economy Plus seats at check-in for you and a companion. You’re also eligible for complimentary upgrades to first class, though as a Silver traveler, you’d typically fall very low on the upgrade list.

Members who hold Marriott status from a status match or challenge can’t register. Likewise, you won’t be eligible for the status match if you already have United Premier Silver (or higher) status.

Related: United Airlines baggage fees and how to avoid paying them

Transfer rewards between the programs

United Airlines Polaris business class on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Beyond reciprocal elite status, the RewardsPlus partnership unlocks the ability to transfer Marriott points to United miles and United miles to Marriott points. But we generally don’t recommend doing so. Here’s a closer look.

Transferring Marriott points to United miles

You can transfer between 3,000 and 240,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to United miles daily here.

For every 3 Marriott points you transfer, you’ll get 1 MileagePlus mile. Additionally, you’ll earn 10,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points you transfer. So, if you transfer 60,000 Marriott points (worth $504) to MileagePlus, you’d get 30,000 United miles (valued at $330).

Note that this is a slight improvement over Marriott’s other airline transfers, which only include a 5,000-mile bonus when you transfer 60,000 points.

Related: How to get maximum value from the United MileagePlus program

Transferring United miles to Marriott Bonvoy points

MileagePlus Premier members can transfer up to 100,000 United miles to Marriott Bonvoy points at a 1:1 ratio every calendar year here.

We don’t suggest doing this unless you have a specific high-value Marriott redemption in mind. After all, United miles are 31% more valuable than Marriott Bonvoy points, per our valuations.

Related: Is Marriott looking to enhance Suite Night Awards for elite members?

Earning extra miles on Marriott stays

Finally, if you book an eligible rate at a Marriott property through at the destination of your United flight, consider starting your reservation search on to earn 500 bonus miles.

When you go here, you’ll see your upcoming flights associated with your MileagePlus account (both revenue and award tickets).

Earn extra United miles on Marriott stays

The 500 bonus miles are in addition to standard Marriott Bonvoy earnings.

You can earn 500 bonus miles per completed stay, though this offer isn’t available at the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Design Hotels and Bulgari brands. Additionally, you can’t earn the 500 bonus miles at other select properties:

Bonus miles offer is not applicable for stays at the following properties: Atlantis, Autograph Collection, Bulgari Hotel, London, Joshua G.E. Medical Corp. Conference Center, Jesse Jones Rotary Conference Center, Marriott Ranch, Protea Hotel Amani Beach, Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, The Ritz-Carlton London, U.S. Postal Service Conference Center, Four Points by Sheraton Havana, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Autograph Collection.

If you’re redeeming Marriott points or staying on a rate different than the standard Marriott member rate (i.e., government rates, group/contracted rates, exclusive elite offers, exclusive member offers and hotel deals), you may not earn the 500 bonus miles.

Related: These promotions will make your next hotel stay more rewarding

Bottom line

Despite its lackluster transfer ratios, the RewardsPlus partnership is a great way to receive an extra elite status and double dip on Marriott stays. But while Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite has some nice perks, it would be great if higher tiers of the MileagePlus program matched to Marriott Bonvoy Platinum tiers.

Still, with just a few clicks, you could unlock a new elite status level and earn bonus United miles.

Additional reporting by Andrew Kunesh and Ethan Steinberg.