Earn 10 American Miles Per Dollar Spent With Marriott (In Addition To Usual Points)

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Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spend. The number of bonus miles you earn per dollar spent varies greatly by retailer.

While these portals are great for everyday purchases, there are also sometimes bonuses for making purchases with travel providers, which can be a great way to double dip.

For example, at the moment the AAdvantage eShopping Portal is offering 10 miles per dollar spent with Marriott hotels. Ordinarily they offer two miles per dollar spent, so this bonus is five times as good as usual.

The terms state that the promotion is “not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site,” and “not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.”

Those are all the terms stated, though frankly I’d be surprised if there weren’t actually more restrictions regarding hotel brands, eligible locations, etc… but they’re not listed, so I guess we should assume there are no other restrictions.

What’s so great here is that the AAdvantage eShopping Portal simply directs you to Marriott’s website, meaning you can still earn your Marriott points and elite nights as usual. That’s huge. I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me this is like an additional ~13% return on Marriott stays.

This is very different than booking through something like Rocketmiles, where you can earn miles for hotel stays, though that’s in lieu of earning hotel points. Here you get the best of both worlds, since you earn 10 American miles per dollar spent plus whatever Marriott points you’d usually earn.

Earn bonus points on Marriott stays

I’m not sure how long the increased bonus will last (I’m guessing it might just be valid today), so I’d recommend booking ASAP. Only hotel stays booked through this link qualify, so if you can rebook a stay at the same cost then I’d highly recommend doing so.

(Tip of the hat to Running With Miles)

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Comments

  1. I believe the valid through March 1, 2019 is for the promotional offer at JW Marriott San Francisco and not for all reservations.

  2. Quick question, do i have to make a non-refundable reservation? If so, I assume the miles won’t be posted until after I check out?

  3. Thanks for the tip! I went through and rebooked several reservations. Some of which remained the same price and some of which had actually decreased considerably since the time I initially booked them. There’s my gardening for the month!

  4. Hmmm… is 3.1k AA points + 400 Marriott points worth the extra 50 bucks I have to pay to rebook my hotel?

  5. In addition to Marriott , JCPenny is 9 miles per dollar right now. I just bought some pajamas and a bathing suit there’s a lot of sales.

  6. @Vivek Not true, the 10 miles per dollar spent is for all Marriott hotels booking. The San Francisco promo is a separate one.

  7. The other thing that’s not promoted a lot is Booking.com and AA have a website to book hotels: http://www.bookaahotels.com/

    When I have to book hotels that are not Hilton, Marriott or IHG (usually some international locations that don’t have the chains), I’d use it to search for any good deal to have. I recently booked a hotel in Argentina with a special 4000 AA miles for the two night stay, and the price is the same as anywhere you’d book it (such as the regular booking.com or hotels.com). Do note that the bookaahotels.com sometimes cost more than the regular booking.com price, but sometimes they are the same. I’d compare to check, and you may find a good deal with a good special miles bonus attached.

  8. Thanks so much for this! If everything appropriately tracks – and that’s a big if – I should net around 85K AAdvantage miles will all of the rebooking I’ve done today. Managed to save a few bucks in the process as well – thanks!

  9. @Lucky,

    Is your understanding that the the reservation needs to be booked AND paid for today through the portal or will a reservation made through the portal today but paid for at the hotel in the future be eligible as well?

    Thanks,

    JC

  10. I didn’t receive credit for the last time Marriott stays had a higher redemption value via a portal (when ebates gave a 12% rebate back in November for stays booked that day), so I have no hopes that anything I might book today would actually generate any credit.

  11. Bah. I just went to rebook two upcoming stays, and both would cost MORE if I rebooked :-/

    Don’t think I want to spend an extra $60 for a few extra AA miles.

  12. doesn not look like all properties. only this one.

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    Shop these offers available at Marriott
    Park, Stay and Play when you book a weekend stay at JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square!

    Restrictions apply. See site for full details. Valid for Stays through March 1st 2019
    Valid through Mar 1, 2019

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