American Is Offering A 25% Bonus When You Convert Hotel Points Into Miles

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.

Bottom line

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?

Comments

  1. I have over 300k American Airlines miles and can’t find a use for them. That is despite having multiple trips planned this year.
    Not for me, but appreciate the content as always, Ben.

  2. Thanks for the info Lucky. Too many naysayers regarding AAdvantage miles. Sole reason of me having AA miles is to fly on CX, QR and EY biz. Plenty of availability on those !!

    Now the question is, Has Alaskan ever offered similar 25% bonus where SPG transferred is allowed. Then I must not bite and wait for the Alaskan offer. Only thing better than 31K AA miles is 31K Alaskan miles !!

  3. “keep in mind that saver level award availability on American’s own flights is very limited,”
    Very true. Even on basic feeders.
    If u find availability on partner for 90k from their gateway city more than 21 days out, (thereby avoiding close-in booking fee) good luck getting a feeder on same award if you don’t live in gateway city. AA will tell u to just buy with cash- no savings on close-in fee

  4. Ah damn. Just transferred 20K SPG points to my AA account late last week to book an award I put on hold. Would have been nice to get the extra 25% if I transferred this week. Oh well.

  5. Thx for info. Purchased SPG miles with bonus pursuant to your earlier post. Transferred these miles to AA with SPG bonus. Got the AA bonus. Will transfer some more SPG miles I earned to AA with SPG bonus and the AA bonus. Now I can fly business on CX. Thanks for this info as I would not have otherwise known about it.

  6. I LOVE AA I just used all of mine for Downunder trip . So 91K of Marriott points (worth $750 to me) would be worth like 115K AA points Correct ??
    THANK YOU

  7. @Ryan, @Tony & others.

    I know there are uses for AA miles, even very good ones.

    They just wouldn’t work for any of my plans, domestic or international. So I couldn’t see any reason I’d be interested in the current offer. I do feel that is partially due to award availability changing.

  8. I forgot to register for the offer before making the tranfser. Is there still a way that I kan get the bonus?

  9. @cavedweller, you’re doing the math wrong. 90k MR -> 30k SPG. 20k SPG -> 31,250 AA miles. 10k SPG -> 12,500 AA miles. 90k MR = 43,750 AA miles.

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