Convert Hotel Points Into American Miles And Earn A 25% Bonus

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.

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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.

Aeroplan-Points

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.

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Redeem your American miles for Qatar Airways business class

Bottom line

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?

Comments

  1. I would be jumping all over this with my Starpoints if it weren’t for the fact that AA has effectively made their program useless by (essentially) eliminating the Saver price level. I got incredibly lucky and found one-way saver business class space to London on AA metal last fall, haven’t been able to find a thing since.

  2. Well with the previous article saying AA miles useless for premium class redemption, why get more of them. I already have 1/4 million

  3. @david: I agree with you and the article Lucky wrote about AA’s lack of seats but I accepted that a long time ago and use my miles to fly premium seats on other OW partners. I have no problem finding award in J or F in QR, EY, LA and CX. Of course that doesn’t help if yo are trying to fly domestic but for those instances I typically book AA Y and get my comp upgrades as EXP.

  4. Ben,
    Converting SPG points into AA miles, wouldn’t you actually earn 36,250 miles (20,000 + 25% + 5000) for a return of 1:1.8125 miles per SPG point?

  5. My favorite part of this offer is the exchange rate. Even AA doesn’t value Hilton points as being worth as much as IHG, Marriott, etc.

  6. Lol they could give me a 1,000 precent bonus and it wouldn’t be worth it. Can’t use their miles what’s the point.

  7. You can combine this with the IHG pay with points promo running this week (that allows you to buy IHG points for $0.0046 each) to buy AA miles for $0.0184 each.

    AA’s current bonus on buying miles gets you a slightly lower price ($0.01806 each) if you buy hundreds of thousands of miles to get that price — whereas you can do this IHG thing if you need just a few thousand AA miles.

  8. What’s the point of offering a bonus when your last article said their lack of award space was, “inexcusable.” They could offer 100% bonus but what’s the point if nothing is available? IT’S FOOLS GOLD!

  9. With the Starpoint sale right now through April 30, you can buy 20,000 Starpoints, get bonus, convert it, and get 31,250 Miles for $490 for 1.57 cents per mile. It’s not a terrible plan for topping off an account for a specific award.

  10. 10 year EXPL couldn’t take AA anymore…went to Alaska. Hapy face! What to do with my rapidly disolving 1,400,000 aa ff miles?

  11. I found it, Members can convert multiple times with multiple Hotel Partners. Conversions for hotel and air packages from Hotel Partners are included for this offer. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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