American AAdvantage Hotel Points Transfer Bonus

Through March 31, 2014, American is offering AAdvantage members a 25% bonus when they convert hotel points into AAdvantage miles. Registration is not required, and the bonus miles should post within seven days of the qualifying activity.

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Unfortunately the catch is that the two most valuable hotel transfer options are excluded from this promotion.

First of all, here are the participating hotel partners:

Best Western International
5,000 Best Western Rewards® points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
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Choice Hotels®
5,000 Choice Privileges® points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
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Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands
10,000 Hilton HHonorsTM points = 1,500 AAdvantage miles
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InterContinental Hotels Group
10,000 IHG® Rewards Club points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
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Marriott®
10,000 Marriott Reward points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
20,000 Marriott Reward points = 5,000 AAdvantage miles
30,000 Marriott Reward points = 10,000 AAdvantage miles
70,000 Marriott Reward points = 25,000 AAdvantage miles
140,000 Marriott Reward points = 50,000 AAdvantage miles
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Carlson Rezidor Hotels
2,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 200 AAdvantage miles
10,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
50,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 5,000 AAdvantage miles
100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 10,000 AAdvantage miles
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Wyndham Hotel Group
6,000 Wyndham Rewards® points = 1,200 AAdvantage miles
16,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 3,200 AAdvantage miles
30,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 6,000 AAdvantage miles
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Points conversions from the following partners don’t qualify for the 25% bonus:

  • Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Hyatt Gold Passport
  • Melia Hotels International & Resorts
  • La Quinta Inns & Suites
  • Langham Hospitality Group OUIDA

It’s sad that Starwood is excluded as a partner for this promotion. One of the very best uses of Starpoints is for mileage transfers. Starpoints convert into airline miles at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 points you transfer you get a 5,000 point bonus. That means you can essentially earn 1.25 airline miles per Starpoint. So any transfer ratio on top of that would make the promotion even more awesome.

In the past we’ve actually seen transfer bonuses of up to 35% from Starwood to American AAdvantage, and that was back in the good old days when all miles earned counted towards lifestime status. Sadly it’s not 2010 anymore…

The other major catch with this promotion is that the terms specifically exclude hotel and air packages from being eligible for this bonus. The very best way to convert Marriott Rewards points into airline miles is through their Hotel + Air Package, whereby you can redeem points for a set number of nights at a hotel and miles in an airline program of your choice. Sadly that doesn’t seem to be an option under this promotion.

So while this promotion sounded reasonably exciting when I saw the headline, unfortunately I don’t see much value in this with the two best transfer options being excluded. That being said, if you have some orphan hotel points and would convert them into airlines miles anyway, this promotion might not be a bad option.

(Tip of the hat to Loyalty Lobby)

Comments

  1. AA gets more money for each transfer as the hotel programs have to purchase the miles… I wonder if it’s the hotel programs that request to be opted out?

  2. @Nick – I dunno – I can get a fairly nice 1BR (possibly with free upgrade to 2BR) suite at a Homewood Suites for 20,000 – 30,000 Hilton HHonors points – that doesn’t seem worth 3,000 – 4,500 AAdvantage miles.

  3. @ iv — That’s a great question. Might be the hotel programs that have opted out, or maybe American’s conversion reimbursement rates are different with different programs. Likely the latter, since Marriott is participating for outright mileage transfers, but not for Hotel + Air packages.

  4. Interesting, I can transfer 5000 miles for a two night stay at the Radisson Blu in Chicago since I have the Club Carlson CC. Good use of Daughter’s orphan miles?

  5. @ David H — The conversion rates are when converting hotel points into airline miles. Rates are totally different when converting airline miles into hotel points.

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