Daily Points: Bilt Adds Marriott; Hawaii Sales; Amex-Hilton Transfer Bonus

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Here’s your miles, points, travel, and deals news for November 8, 2023:

New Bilt Transfer Partner & 10,000 Points for Referral

Bilt Rewards added Marriott Bonvoy as a new transfer partner. Transfers are 1 to 1, and you can also receive a bonus of 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for every 20,000 Bilt points when you transfer. 

You can also get 100 Bilt points for linking your Marriott account to Bilt. (But occasionally, Bilt will offer special points promotions for linking for higher amounts.)

I would not advise transferring Bilt Poinst to Marriott Bonvoy, even with the 25% bonus. Transfers to Hyatt will yield 2-3x more value per Bilt Point for hotels, and Flying Blue, Iberia, and Air Canada Aeroplan

Bilt Rewards Bilt Rewards Transfer Partners [1 to 1]
Aer Lingus Aer Lingus AerClub Air Canada Air Canada Aeroplan
Air France Air France/KLM Flying Blue American Airlines American AAdvantage
British Airways British Airways Executive Club Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Emirates logo Emirates Skywards Hawaiian Airlines logo Hawaiian Airlines
World of Hyatt World of Hyatt Iberia logo Iberia Plus
IHG Hotels IHG One Rewards Marriott Hotels Marriott Bonvoy
Turkish Airlines logo Turkish Miles&Smiles United Airlines logo United MileagePlus
Virgin Atlantic logo Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Bilt is also offering 10,000 bonus points for every referral for the Bilt Mastercard® until November 10th. The normal rate is 2,500 points plus a 10,000 point bonus for every five referrals, so this is a nice increase.

Deals to Hawaii

United to Maui

If you are looking for a last-minute trip, United has a special award sale to Maui (OGG) for only 30,000 miles roundtrip + $11.20 in taxes and fees. 

You must book by today and fly between November 12th and December 16th.

I checked from Chicago (ORD) to Maui, and I found about 50% of the dates had award space to Maui, and about 30% of the dates had award space on the return to Chicago.

The normal price is 50,000 miles round-trip, so this deal saves you 20,000 miles.

Southwest Fare Sale

Southwest is has a sale to Hawaii using promo code “SAVE30” when you book by November 9, 2023, for flights between December 5, 2023 and May 22, 2024.

The blackout dates are:

  • To Hawaii: 12/15-1/8, 1/11-1/13, 2/15-2/18, and 3/7-3/31.
  • From Hawaii: 12/15-1/8, 1/15-1/16, 2/23-2/27, and 3/14-4/7.

Deals and Points News

  • American Express Membership Rewards has a new 30% transfer bonus to Hilton Honors until December 31, 2023. With the bonus, you can transfer point at a rate of 1 Amex point to 2.6 Hilton Honors points.
  • Breeze Airways is offering 35% off fare with promo code “BENICE” when you book by November 9th for travel from November 14th to September 3, 2024.

New Amex Offers:

  • Hertz for a $90 statement credit when spending $350+ directly with Hertz by 12/31/2023.
  • UPS Store for $10 back on $50+ until 12/31/2023.
  • Walmart+ Annual Membership for $40 back on $98+ until 1/31/2023. 
  • Four Seasons in the US and select other locations for $150 back on $750+ until 12/15/2023.
  • Lily Pulitzer for $30 back on $150+ until 1/3/2024.
  • Reeds Jewelers for $100 back on $500+ until 3/7/2024.
  • CallawayGolf.com for $50 back on $250+ until 12/31/2023.

Travel News

  • Westjet will launch several new US routes from Edmonton (YEG) to Atlanta (ATL), Nashville (BNA), and San Francisco (SFO), plus a route from Vancouver (YVR) to Detroit (DTW).
  • Lufthansa will introduce free in-flight messaging on short and medium-haul flights operated by Airbus A319, A320, and A321 aircraft, and Wi-Fi fees on other flights will be reduced by almost 50%. 
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