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American Airlines partners?
Unless Ive missed something, it does not appear that any of the big reward programs (Ultimate rewards, Membership Rewards and Thank You rewards) allow transfer of miles to American. Is that correct? Are there are other good major programs that permit transfer to American? I was considering Starwood Preferred (which Im pretty sure permits transfer to American), but Im a bit anxious about what will happen after the merger with Marriott.
I just got a targeted offer for the city Aadvantage with a 60k sign-up bonus, which seems pretty good. That said, Id love to couple it with another, broader program card (I already have chase ultimate rewards), which would get me an additional signup bonus, so long as I could transfer to American. Any suggestions? Thank you.
SteveM – you are correct that SPG is the only currency that can be transferred to AA at this time. We’re hopeful that someday soon Thank You Points will be able to be transferred to AA (given Citi’s existing relationship with AA) but it’s only a rumor at this point.
The 60K offer is a good one so I would jump on that.
Depending on how you plan to use your miles the [B][URL=’http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/go/ba100k’]British Airways Visa Signature Card[/URL] [/B]might work for you as well. Since they’re a oneworld partner of AA you can use their Avios for flights on American. However they’re best for non-stop flights as each leg of an itinerary is priced separately and they do incur fuel surcharges when traveling overseas. But that sign-up offer is good for 100K Avios if you meet all the spending requirements within the time frames specified.
Of course there are a couple of other AA cards, like the Executive Platinum card and a Business card where you can earn large sign-up bonuses. Check Lucky’s sign-up page under the Best Credit Cards tab at the top of this page.
Hi SteveM — keep in mind as well that 60k miles + the minimum spend gets you very close to having enough AA miles to get pretty much wherever you’re interested in going in business class.
Lots of people will use miles from one program in one direction, and another for the return. I don’t recommend over-diversifying miles, but you also don’t want to limit your options too much.