Between April 28 and June 15, 2017, American is offering a 25% bonus when you convert hotel points into AAdvantage miles.
The bonus can be used for multiple hotel partners, and bonus miles should post to your AAdvantage account within seven business days of when the initial conversion posted to your account. 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:
- Best Western Rewards
- Choice Privileges
- Club Carlson
- Hilton Honors
- IHG Rewards Club
- Marriott Rewards
- Starwood Preferred Guest
- World of Hyatt
- Wyndham Rewards
Everyone can crunch the numbers for themselves, but I’d say there are two programs where it could potentially make sense to take advantage of this promotion:
Convert Starpoints into American miles
Starpoints convert into American miles 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 AAdvantage miles, meaning you can potentially convert Starpoints into American miles at a 1:1.5625 ratio, which is something that many many find worthwhile.
Earn American miles with Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages
Another good option is Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages, of which American is a partner.
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 to begin with, so the value only gets better when you add in a potential conversion bonus.
To put this into perspective, seven nights at a Category 1-5 property plus 120,000 miles will run you 270,000 Marriott Rewards points. If you did that, you’d receive a total of 150,000 American miles, plus seven nights at a Category 1-5 property.
270,000 Marriott Rewards points is the equivalent of 90,000 Starpoints, so that’s the equivalent of earning 1.67 American miles per Starpoint, plus the seven free nights. That’s a damn good deal.
If you do take advantage of this promotion, keep in mind that saver level award availability on American’s own flights is virtually non-existent, so only take advantage of this for the purpose of redeeming on American’s partners. With that in mind, there certainly are some cases where it could make sense to convert hotel points into airline miles, especially if you have Starpoints or Marriott Rewards points.
In the past we’ve seen American offer a 20% bonus on points transfers from Starwood, so not only is this bonus bigger, but it applies to all of their hotel partners.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of American’s 50% transfer bonus?