25% Bonus: Convert Hotel Points Into American Miles

Filed Under: American, Great Deals

Sometimes we see airlines offer bonuses when you convert hotel points into airline miles, and we’ve just seen the latest such promotion introduced.

Bonus When You Convert Hotel Points Into American Miles

Through October 30, 2019, American is offering a 25% bonus when you convert select hotel points into AAdvantage miles.

The bonus can be used for multiple hotel partners, and bonus miles should post to your AAdvantage account within seven business days of when the initial conversion posted to your account. There’s no limit to how many bonus points you can earn through this promotion, and registration is required using promotion code HT925.

The following four of American’s hotel transfer partners are eligible for this promotion (I’ll also list their regular transfer ratios):

  • Best Western Rewards (5:1)
  • Choice Privileges (5:1)
  • IHG Rewards Club (5:1)
  • Marriott Bonvoy (3:1)

Why You Should Consider Marriott Transfers

Of the above four partners, there’s only one partner where converting hotel points into AAdvantage miles could represent a good deal, in my opinion, and that’s with Marriott Bonvoy.

Marriott Bonvoy points convert into AAdvantage miles at a 3:1 ratio, and you get a 5,000 mile bonus when you transfer 60,000 points.

So if you transferred 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you’d earn 25,000 AAdvantage miles, and then you’d earn a 25% bonus on top of that, for a total of 31,250 AAdvantage miles.

This means that Marriott Bonvoy points can potentially convert into AAdvantage miles at a 1.92:1 ratio.

Based on my valuation of points, this is actually a pretty fair transfer ratio. I value American AAdvantage miles at 1.4 cents each, and I value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents each. Based on those valuations, you’re coming out slightly ahead by transferring points, though this all comes down to which redemption option you value more.

Bottom Line

American seems to offer a 25% bonus on hotel points transfers about once a year, so I guess this is their 2019 promotion.

While I wouldn’t speculatively transfer points without a particular use in mind, there are circumstances where this could represent a great deal. Not for redemptions on American flights (given American’s terrible award availability), but rather for travel on American Airlines partners in business class.

While I’m personally not thrilled with American AAdvantage or Marriott Bonvoy, personally this isn’t a rate at which I’d transfer points based on my own situation.

See this post for the best credit cards for earning American AAdvantage miles, and see this post for the best credit cards for earning Marriott Bonvoy points.

Anyone plan on taking advantage of American’s 25% transfer bonus?

Comments
  1. Guess it’s useful if you have a specific use case in mind, especially if you have hotel points that would normally go unused. I’ve been finding good domestic business class availability lately.

  2. Damn.. I literally just transferred points a week ago and booked a specific award with it.
    Chances are that award ticket would have gone if I had waited anyway

  3. I’m not sure why Bonvoy points are worth anything, given their poor redemption value. It’s the indirect airline transfer value that matters. (Unlike Hyatt, I never bothered with them in the 3 years I was plat, other than United transfers.)

    Thanks for the tip, though. This is a worthwhile transfer bonus.

  4. With the Bonvoy deal on purchased miles, this would mean you could pick up AA miles at around 1.66 cents apiece if you wanted to. It could be a decent option to top off your account.

  5. Thanks for the heads up. I rarely use hotel points because but I transferred (sans bonus) my tiny pile of Bonvoy miles to AA. Better than letting them expire.

  6. Very nice ! As an expat in the Middle East, I usually use 40K AA miles for EY/QR/CX biz between ME and Fast East Asia (home country). I just purchased 100,000 Bovoy points from ongoing Marriott purchase promo in order to get them transferred to AA. To be better, Bonvoy purchase ($875) was paid by my AA biz card to meet minimum spending to receive 70K AA miles. 🙂

  7. @jessie – how did 100k marriott points translate to 70k aa miles? Based on lucky’s formula (3:1 ratio + 5k bonus + 25% bump), shouldn’t it be more around 48K aa miles? Where did you purchase your points from?

  8. Anyone else having trouble to register for the 25% bonus to transfer Marriott Bonwoy to AAdvantage miles?

  9. I can’t find the promotion code space in the “registration” website. Do I get the 25% bonus automatically ?

  10. Still not showing any registration button. I wouldn’t take the chance of transferring just in case they don’t recognize you have opted in.

  11. @lucky I registered, then posted three 60K point transfers on Sept 18, and three more on Sept 19, noticed a few days later 6 separate transactions took place on my AA account on 6 different days starting Sept 13. Due to that, I’ve only received a 25% bonus for a transaction that posted on the 18th. I’ve opened up tickets with both AA and Marriott but getting no traction as each is blaming the other. With today’s technology, there is no excuse for something this dumb to occur.. Not really sure what else to do, frustrating having to contact AA while getting Bonvoyed. Anyone else having similar issues?

  12. I transferred 60k Marriott points to AA 2 days ago.Today,I see 25k and 5K bonus points posted to my account .so ,I only got 30k AA miles instead of 31250.
    I did register for the 25% bonus under promotions on AA app.

  13. I purchased 58,000 points on September 20, 2019 wanting to transfer those points to American Airlines for a R/T Business class to CPT on QR. It’s now October 5th and still no points and the availability is gone. After a dozen calls to Marriott, today I received an email from Bonvoy customer service in China! Since merging Starwood with Marriott the brand has gone down hill [email protected]

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