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For years, American Airlines has offered a hotel transfer promotion each May, and the tradition is continuing again this year. Now through May 31, 2020, you can get a 25% bonus when you transfer Hyatt points to AAdvantage miles.
Promotions in past years have included several hotel partners–such as Marriott, IHG, and Radisson. But unlike previous years, this year's bonus only applies to Hyatt transfers.
- The promotion is valid on transfers through May 31, 2020.
- Receive a 25% bonus when you transfer Hyatt points to AA.
- Minimum transfer of 5,000 points
- 5,000 Hyatt points yield 2,500 AAdvantage miles after the 25% bonus
While the bonus applies to World of Hyatt point transfers, you can still transfer IHG Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy points to AAdvantage miles at standard transfer rates:
- 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
- 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 10,000 AAdvantage miles
If you choose to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points, remember that you'll get a 5,000-mile bonus for transferring 60,000 points. That means a 60,000-point transfer will yield 25,000 AAdvantage miles.
Is it Worth It?
World of Hyatt points quite valuable as Hyatt has reasonable award rates and some excellent sweet spots. World of Hyatt award nights start at just 5,000 Hyatt points per night. If transferred to AA, those 5,000 Hyatt points would become just 2,500 miles even after the bonus. That's just one-fifth of the miles needed for a MileSAAver domestic award flight.
On the luxury end of the spectrum, you can stay at the Category 7 Park Hyatt Sydney of 30,000 points per night–or 48,000 points per night for a suite. Through this transfer AA promotion, transferring 30,000 Hyatt points would yield 15,000 AAdvantage miles. While you might be able to stretch the value of those miles through a Web Special, a night at the Park Hyatt Sydney is going to be more valuable for most travelers.
On the other hand, if you are a few miles shy of a specific redemption with AA, then this promotion could make sense. Transferring a small number of points and picking up a 25% bonus on the way could be the perfect solution to topping off your account.
If you need a larger amount of AAdvantage miles for an award, consider signing up for one of the AAdvantage credit cards. For example, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® is currently offering a 65,000-mile sign-up bonus after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.
- Free checked bags for you and up to 4 companions on domestic itineraries
- Priority boarding to help you win the race for overhead bin space
- A 25% discount on inflight food, beverage, and Wi-Fi purchases
- Reduced Mileage Awards can save you 7,500 miles on roundtrip MileSAAver Awards
- Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on cable and satellite providers
- Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent at gas stations
- Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on select telecommunications merchants
- Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on car rentals
- Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
- Earn 1X mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases
Hyatt and American Airlines have recently deepened their partnership with crossover benefits for elites and elite status shortcuts. This has been a positive for AA members that prefer Hyatt. However, this tie-up has led to the elimination of several hotel partners. And it also seems to have limited AA's annual hotel transfer bonus to just Hyatt. This month's transfer bonus is great if you are looking for a small points top-up. However, it's a bummer to see other hotel programs dropped from the bonus.
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