Through March 15, 2015, American is offering 25% bonus AAdvantage miles on select hotel points transfers. There’s no limit to how many times you can earn the bonus.
Bonus AAdvantage miles will post as a separate transaction within seven days of the initial transfer taking place.
Eligible hotel transfer partners
Eligible hotel transfer partners include the following:
Best Western International
5,000 Best Western Rewards® points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
5,000 Choice Privileges® points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
Hilton Portfolio of hotels
10,000 Hilton HHonorsTM Points = 1,500 AAdvantage miles
5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
InterContinental Hotels Group
10,000 IHG® Rewards Club points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
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
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
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
The two “catches” to this promotion
As you might have noticed, there’s one major omission on the hotel partners list. Points transfers from SPG aren’t eligible for the 25% bonus, which is a shame, since it’s also one of the few hotel programs where there’s value in converting hotel points into airline miles.
There’s also one other big catch in the terms & conditions:
Conversions for hotel and air packages from eligible AAdvantage hotel participants are excluded from this offer.
Other than Starpoint transfers, one of the only other good values for converting hotel points into airline miles is Marriott’s Hotel + Air packages:
Through Hotel + Air packages you receive a set number of free nights plus a set number of miles as part of the package. These packages are in my opinion the best use of Marriott Rewards points. But unfortunately those redemptions seem to specifically be excluded from this promotion.
I wouldn’t recommend taking advantage of this promotion unless you have more hotel points than you know what to do with and desperately need AAdvantage miles.
I think it’s pretty ridiculous that American runs a promotion like this while excluding the two best transfer options. I get sometimes SPG is excluded, and that’s fine, because when other airlines offer similar promotions they sometimes do the same. That being said, to exclude hotel and air packages? Really?