A transfer of 20K Starpoints normally converts into 25K AA miles, but will become 31,250 AA miles with this promotion, for an effective 1.5625 miles per Starpoint.
Unfortunately, this bonus is not applicable for Marriott miles+nights travel packages.
Back in 2010 when these SPG-AA bonuses started you were able to rack up hundreds of thousands of 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…”
So why would you transfer valuable Starpoints 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 many partner awards are only bookable over the phone, such as Air Tahiti Nui, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, JAL, Qatar, and more.
For example I used 105K American miles to fly last March in an apartment on Etihad Shower Class from the Maldives to Cleveland via Abu Dhabi and JFK.
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.
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 names on the Starwood account and the AA account must match or the transfer will be rejected. You are able to transfer Starpoints for free between people living at the same address, though if you are changing the address on one of the accounts you’ll have to wait 30 days before transferring Starpoints to someone else’s Starwood account.
-The 25% bonus miles fulfilled by American will be posted within 7 business days after the initial conversion activity has been posted by Starwood Preferred Guest. The initial transfer usually takes a couple of days. You can hold an AA award for 5 days which is enough time for the transfer to process.
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