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American Airlines is running a promotion that offers a 25% bonus for converting certain hotel points to American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Listed below are the hotel chains participating in the bonus offer, along with the transfer ratios:
Best Western International
5,000 Best Western Rewards points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
5,000 Choice Privileges points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
10,000 Hilton HHonors Points = 1,500 AAdvantage miles
5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
InterContinental Hotels Group
10,000 IHG Rewards Club points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
10,000 Marriott Rewards points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles
20,000 Marriott Rewards points = 5,000 AAdvantage miles
30,000 Marriott Rewards points = 10,000 AAdvantage miles
70,000 Marriott Rewards points = 25,000 AAdvantage miles
140,000 Marriott Rewards points = 50,000 AAdvantage miles
Carlson Rezidor Hotels
2,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 200 AAdvantage miles
10,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles
50,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 5,000 AAdvantage miles
100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points = 10,000 AAdvantage miles
Wyndham Hotel Group
6,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 1,200 AAdvantage miles
16,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 3,200 AAdvantage miles
30,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 6,000 AAdvantage miles
This promotion should be pretty unappealing to most award travelers unless you desperately need to increase your AAdvantage miles balance (say, if you need a few extra miles for an immediate redemption). Even with the 25% bonus, these transfer ratios aren’t great, and some of them (like Club Carlson) are downright abysmal.
For example, 10,000 Marriott Rewards points is worth $70 according to my most recent monthly valuations, but that would get you just 2,000 AAdvantage miles (worth $34, for a loss of over 50%). The ratio improves for larger transfers, but still represents a loss. Notably, one of my personal favorite rewards programs (Starwood Preferred Guest) is excluded from the promotion, as are conversions from La Quinta, Melia, and Langham hotels, and for air and hotel packages (like Marriott’s Flight + Hotel awards). Unless you’re topping up your account to book a lucrative award, or you have some leftover hotel points that you’re sure will go unused otherwise, I wouldn’t bother with these transfers.
If you want to boost your AAdvantage account, American Airlines has some other promotions, like double AAdvantage miles when traveling to Asia, or the most recent bonus for purchasing miles (which I also don’t recommend, but might be a better option than the hotel transfers). You can also apply for the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard, which both offer a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months, or the US Airways Premier World MasterCard, which gives you a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Dividend Miles (that you can redeem on American Airlines) after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.