Ends Tomorrow: Get A 25% Bonus For Transferring Hotel Points To American!

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Update: This offer ends tomorrow!

Originally posted on 9/18:

American is offering a 25% bonus for converting select hotel points into miles through 10/30. Registration is required.

This promo is valid for transfers from Best Western, Choice, IHG, or Marriott points. The only worthwhile transfer ratio is from Marriott.

A transfer of 60K Marriott points normally converts into 25K AA miles, but will become 31,250 AA miles with this promotion.

Back in 2010 you were able to rack up countless Starpoints thanks to the US Mint, miles transferred to AA counted for million miler status, and AA had an awesome round-the-world award chart. I took advantage of all of those, but they no longer exist.

During 2015’s bonus I cautioned that American’s award chart was “so much better than their competition’s award charts that you can’t help but wonder when the devaluation will come…”

The devaluation came and it made their award chart downright terrible. Then the other shoe fell when American made their saver awards far more difficult to find than on any other airline.

So why would you transfer hotel points to American?

Some routes have had more award space of late. Plus American still has valuable partner awards. You’ll have to hunt for them as some partners, like Cathay Pacific, are only bookable over the phone. Others, such as Etihad and Air Tahiti Nui, have much better award availability by calling AA in Australia or New Zealand.

For example I used 105K American miles to fly in an apartment on Etihad Shower Class from the Maldives to Cleveland via Abu Dhabi and JFK. That’s now 115K as AA killed the award redemption rebate for cardholders earlier this year.

Though because of the #ElectronicsBan, I was stuck having to take pictures with my GoPro:



And my phone:



Just be sure to compare American’s requirements with other airlines before transferring.

In this post I compared how many miles are required to fly on every OneWorld route from JFK.

Just for example, I flew from JFK to Vancouver in Cathay Pacific First Class for 35K Alaska miles. That same flight would have cost 55K AA miles. Non-elites would also have paid American a $75 last-minute fee which Alaska doesn’t charge, so be sure to do your research before you transfer.

The 25% bonus miles fulfilled by American will be posted within 7 business days after the initial conversion activity has been posted by Marriott. The initial transfer can take a couple of days.

You can earn Marriott points on cards like:

HT: iluv2travel, via DDF

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So award space not shown on aa.comcan be found by calling Australia or NZ? What’s the phone numbers?


Dan, you were a Bochur in 2010? I see you signed as CTownBochur…
also how to you keep track of all your posts. Wow!


Still waiting for the day we can transfer out our AA miles and transfer them to hotel points….

Someone out there, I beg of you


whats the best oneworld search engine to search for award availabiltiy using american points so I dont have to go thru the hasssle of using the phone?

nsx at FlyerTalk

Transfer my hotel points to a black hole? No thanks.


Your EY flight to MLE (or back) is now 115k each way.


Do you need to transfer 60k MT? Or all points transferred will get 25 % bonus?


hey buddy american sucks! and you know it.their domestic award space is off the charts literally! non existent. can you please enlighten me on some sweet spots, thank you dan and a gut gebentched yar.


JFK to Vancouver on CX in first is only 35k Alaska miles? Thought it was 50


you thought wrong

David P

Is this better than Marriot deal to United?


Also there is a 30% bonus when you transfer amex points to Marriot. OFFER1000 Membership Rewards points = 1000 1300 Marriott Bonvoy points.Special Offer: Get 30% more Marriott Bonvoy points when you transfer Membership Rewards points through 10/31/19. See Special Offer Terms*You can transfer up to 135,000 Membership Rewards points for up to 175,500 Marriott Bonvoy points.


How many points do I need to transfer from marriott to AA to keep my miles alive?




They allow to transfer 1 mile ?


They don’t allow to transfer only 1 mile


Just transferred 160K Marriott points to AA


So I took advantage of this deal. Transferred over 240K Marriott but only netted 120K AAdvantage rather than 125K. AAdvantage customer service told me the 25% bonus is only on the base 20K AA miles and not on 25K so essentially I received 30K AA miles instead of 31,250 on a 60K Marriott transfer. Their reasoning was you can’t receive a 25% bonus on top of 5K bonus. Anyone else have this issue?