Get Up to a 56% Bonus When Transferring Hotel Points to AAdvantage Miles

Apr 17, 2018

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Now through May 31, you can get a 25% bonus when transferring hotel points from five hotel programs to American Airlines’ AAdvantage program. The number of hotel points transferred and miles received depends on the program that you are transferring from:

  • Best Western: 5,000 Best Western Rewards points = 1,250 AAdvantage miles
  • IHG: 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points = 2,500 AAdvantage miles
  • Marriott: various conversion rates up to 2.24 : 1 after bonus
  • Radisson Rewards: 2,000 Radisson Rewards points = 250 AAdvantage miles
  • Starwood Preferred Guest: 20,000 Starpoints = 31,250 AAdvantage miles

While Choice, Hilton, Hyatt and Wyndham points also transfer to AAdvantage, these programs aren’t participating in this bonus promotion.

This promotion’s terms and conditions note that the 25% bonus miles might take up to seven business days to post. But, remember that American Airlines will let you hold an award flight for up to five days. Because the five-day hold might run out before the 25% bonus posts, you might not want to count on the 25% bonus miles if award availability is tight.

Unfortunately, the T&C also say that “conversions for hotel and air packages from Hotel Partners are not included for this offer.” So, you won’t be able to take advantage of Marriott’s lucrative Hotel + Air packages and this 25% bonus.

Is It Worth It?

While a 25% bonus sounds good, the conversion rates from hotels to AAdvantage miles aren’t very good to start with. So, you’re going to need a valuable AA redemption and/or a low personal valuation of your hotel points in order to make this promotion worth utilizing. Also, this promotion can be useful to clear out smaller hotel point balances.

Let’s dig into the numbers to see just how these transfers end up when incorporating the 25% bonus. And because some programs have multiple tiers of potential point transfers, we’re using the smallest transfer amount that has the best transfer rate in this chart.

Value columns are based on TPG valuations and are rounded to the nearest dollar, but the “Change in Value” column is based on un-rounded data:

Hotel program Hotel Points AA Miles (after bonus) Value of
Hotel Points
Value of
AA Miles
in Value
Best Western 5,000 1,250 $35 $18 -50%
IHG Rewards Club 10,000 2,500 $60 $35 -42%
Marriott Rewards 10,000 2,500 $90 $35 -61%
Marriott Rewards 20,000 6,250 $180 $88 -51%
Marriott Rewards 30,000 12,500 $270 $175 -35%
Marriott Rewards 70,000 31,250 $630 $438 -31%
Marriott Rewards 140,000 62,500 $1,260 $875 -31%
Radisson Rewards 2,000 250 $8 $4 -56%
Starwood Preferred Guest 20,000 31,250 $540 $438 -19%

As you can see, you’re going to lose paper value from these transfers. However, Starwood Preferred Guest provides a tempting option. Combining the standard 5,000 bonus mile offer for transferring 20,000 Starpoints with this 25% bonus, you’ll end up with more than a 56% combined bonus.

Also, as you can see, you only have to transfer a very small amount of Radisson Rewards points or a small amount of Best Western Rewards points to get this bonus. So, this transfer bonus opportunity to clear out small hotel point balances with these programs.

Finally, this transfer bonus can make sense when you need to top off your AAdvantage account for an AAwesome AAward.

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