Between April 15 and May 31, 2018, American is offering a 25% bonus when you convert select 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 limit to how many bonus points you can earn through this promotion, and registration is required using promotion code HTT25.
The following five of American’s nine hotel transfer partners are eligible for this promotion:
- Best Western Rewards
- IHG Rewards Club
- Marriott Rewards
- Radisson Rewards
- Starwood Preferred Guest
Note that while Marriott Rewards is partnering in this promotion, the terms explicitly exclude hotel and air packages from the bonus, which is the only good value for directly converting Marriott points into airline miles.
If you’re looking to efficiently convert hotel points into AAdvantage miles, there’s only one circumstance under which that would be a good deal, in my opinion. Specifically, 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 (which is 25,000 miles plus a 25% bonus), meaning you can potentially convert Starpoints into American miles at a 1:1.5625 ratio, which is something that many many find worthwhile.
Similarly, you could convert Marriott Rewards points into Starpoints at a 3:1 ratio, meaning that 60,000 Marriott Rewards points could indirectly be converted into 31,250 AAdvantage miles, which is a ratio of 1.92:1.
If you do take advantage of this promotion, keep in mind that saver level award availability on American’s own flights is very limited, so only take advantage of this for the purpose of redeeming on American’s partners. There are some cases where it could make sense to convert hotel points into airline miles, at least with a specific use in mind. Personally I wouldn’t speculatively transfer points to take advantage of this, though.
This promotion is similar to the transfer bonus we saw around the same time last year, so it seems like they offer this an average of at least once per year.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of American’s 25% transfer bonus?