25% Transfer Bonus of Hotel Points to AA Miles

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American Airlines has announced a great promotion, where you will earn a 25% bonus when you convert hotel points to AA miles. To take advantage of this promotion, you don’t have to register, just initiate a routine transfer, and the bonus miles will be added automatically.

AA Hotel Conversion Bonus

Which Hotels are Eligible?

You can only transfer points from Hotels that are partnered up with American Airlines. Below are AA’s Airline partners, and the base points transfer rate. You will receive a 25% bonus on top of the base rate.

  • Best Western: 5,000 points = 1,000 miles
  • Club Carlson: 2,000 points = 200 miles
  • Choice hotels: 5,000 points = 1,000 miles
  • Hilton: 10,000 points = 1,500 miles
  • Hyatt: 5,000 points = 2,000 miles
  • IHG: 10,000 points = 2,000 miles
  • Marriott: 10,000 points = 2,000 miles
  • SPG: 2,500 points = 2,500 miles
  • Wyndham: 6,000 points = 1,200 miles

One thing to remember with this promotion, is that if you transfer 20,000 SPG Starpoints, you will automatically receive a 5,000-point transfer bonus. Meaning 20,000 Starpoints will give you 25,000 AA miles + 25% bonus.

Key Terms and Conditions

The Promotion is relatively straightforward, with only a few terms and conditions. The Key T&C’s are as follows:

  • You must be in good standing with the AAdvantage Program
  • You must initiate the transfer by 23:59 CT on June 15, 2017
  • You can make multiple conversions with multiple hotel partners
  • The offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined
  • Conversions for Hotel + Air Packages from Hotel Partners are included in the promotion
  • Bonus miles from the promotion do not count towards AA Elite Status
  • Allow up to 7 days for the bonus miles to post to your account

Overall

This is a great offer from American Airlines; the standout transfer options are SPG and Marriott. If you transfer 20,000 Starpoints, you will end up with 31,250 points which is an excellent ratio of 1:1.56. Booking a Hotel + Air package can also prove very lucrative since you will earn 25% bonus on the miles. You can even squeeze out a few extra miles if you cancel the hotel reservation since you will earn miles back. Have you decided how many points you will transfer to AA?

25% Transfer Bonus of Hotel Points to AA Miles
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Comments

  • Adam Parsons says:

    Usually transfering points from hotels to airlines does not attract a good conversion rate. However, looking at SPG on the chart @ 1:1 + 25% from the offer seems to me the stand out transfer.
    Remember also that spg 20k comes with an additional 5k on every transfer.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    SPG is the only one that looks worthwhile. For the rest of them, it’s o ly value if you have small amounts of orphan points to get rid of. For example, this is the only effective way I can see to use my 10,980 Best Western points (since 8,000 point hotels are so rare).

  • Tierra B says:

    I had just transferred my SPG points to Marriott rewards. I would’ve gotten a sweeter deal with this

  • “You can even squeeze out a few extra miles if you cancel the hotel reservation since you will earn some more miles back”.

    Not sure what you’re referring to here. There’s no benefit AFAIK (quite the opposite) to cancelling a Marriott Travel Package or SPG Nights & Flights package.

    • Craig, if you cancel a Marriott Travel Package you will receive a refund of points for the unused hotel certificate. The miles will stick and the amount you’ll get back will vary based on the package.

      • I wasn’t aware that you could travel hack the MR Travel Package. Most people talk about extending the life of the hotel certificate, not cancelling it.

        How many points do you get back if you cancel the certificate issued along with the standard 7-night 132K United (or 120K AA/AS) Travel Package?

  • I didn’t see LaQuinta in the list though it’s AA partner – do they participate in it?

  • I believe using points for hotel stays makes usually more sense: they can be as expensive as flights and there is no pesky fuel surcharge with them

  • Jamie Eubanks says:

    Can always find decent value from SPG to AA if you look hard.

  • Sweet! I’ve been waiting for this one to return!

  • With the lack of AA saver award availability I will not be transferring any of my hotel miles to AA.

    • Agreed. This promo used to be almost a no-brainer for me. Much tougher call now, even though SPG points will be of no use to me for my desired vacation location.

  • this is an excellent opportunity for those who have extra SPG or Marriott points

  • You know, I have to agree with Ed. I’d practically hack off one of my arms to secure a Saver award on AA to Europe flying AA metal in Business Class. But, good luck on that. I’m feeling a bit scammed by AA right now.

  • I wish it was the other way around…

  • JonKarol says:

    Those are some lousy conversion rates (SPG being the exception). Looks like I’ll keep my hotel points for hotel stays for now.

  • for infrequent frequent frequent flyers (like us) the poor conversion rates make this deal not worth much

  • Binita Patel says:

    Great value to transfer SPG points – already did some!

  • Prashant Gangwal says:

    SPG rules as always – lined up some of my transfers already!

  • MICHAELJ says:

    I will pass on this one as I have a ton of AA miles that I have not been able to use due to lack of award availability.

  • This is great! I have some hotel points I need to convert.

  • If only I lived near an AA hub it might be worth it….

  • Unfortunately I do not have enough for any to really benefit. AA has had this before with Hilton and another I can’t remember. Maybe next time I’ll have enough. I think it’s a good thing if you have points you’re not using, like me. I’ve just got to get more points with the hotels! dang it..lol!

  • amzsinger@gmail.com says:

    I have a few Starwood points that I’ll never use. I may do this transfer.

  • While the transfer rates from hotel points to airline miles is never that great, it does effectively allow pooling of points from different sources. I from time to time stay in a Club Carlson or IHG property, but rarely build up enough points for worthwhile redemption. At least this way I can transfer it into a few hundred AA miles to add to the pot.

  • Rob Arias says:

    wow thats awesome! specially with the SPG bonus too

  • The conversion rate is not so great however if you just need a few extra AA points to make that next award flight this might just do the trick

  • Kevin Felt says:

    Man, if AA would just partner with a mainland China airline and make economy saver awards available (we have three kids), I’d consider moving my brand new SPG points to American with this bonus. Thanks for the info.

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