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Marriott / AA / SPG

Marriott / AA / SPG

  1. Robotraveller

    Hey everyone,

    Long time lurker, first post.

    So I am about to book a first class Etihad fare from the Middle East to Australia.

    I looked at a few ways to redeem it, and so far the most economical one is AA (100k miles).

    To get the 100k miles, I am looking at 80k SPG points which now convert also to 240k Marriott points.

    What is the risk of me doing SPG to Marriott, then using 250k Marriott points and getting 100k AA miles + the voucher for a slightly higher cost? Any issues I should be aware of? How long does it take for the award to move from SPG to Marriott?

    I am using Amex points that either convert at 1:1 to Etihad or 1:0.5 to SPG. I would have gonve direct to Etihad but I am flying out of a country they don’t have on their list.


  2. Anonymous

    Hi [USER=2555]@Robotraveller[/USER], and welcome!

    May I ask where you’re flying from where you don’t think you could redeem an Etihad award? 160k Amex points just seems like an awful lot to spend!

  3. Robotraveller

    [QUOTE=”Tiffany, post: 23588, member: 7″]Hi [USER=2555]@Robotraveller[/USER], and welcome!

    May I ask where you’re flying from where you don’t think you could redeem an Etihad award? 160k Amex points just seems like an awful lot to spend![/QUOTE]

    Hi Tiffany,

    Thank you for the prompt reply.

    Looking at flying from Tel Aviv to Australia. This used to 45k on AA (did the same trip last year) but now its 80k business and 100k! for first. The usual route I take is TLV – AMM – AUH or DXB then to Australia. Open to try other routes if you think there’s better solutions? Doesn’t even have to be first, I can do business 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    Got it, that does make it trickier.

    So, you could do the same route with two tickets — the TLV > AMM flight could be purchased with British Airways Avios for 4,500 in economy, or 9,000 in Business. From Amman, a business class award on Etihad to Sydney would then be ~122k. First would be ~130k from Abu Dhabi, but the whole mixed-cabin thing means I’m not entirely sure what it would be from Amman.

    But I think your plan would work too. The SPG > Marriott transfers seem to be going quickly, but Marriott to AA can take 5-10 business days.

    If you’re going to go the SPG > Marriott route though, I would look at transferring miles to United instead. The transfer ratio from Marriott to United is better, and the award costs are potentially lower. You could do something like TLV > IST > ICN/BKK > SYD for 60k in business, or 110k in first.

  5. MarkS

    [USER=2555]@Robotraveller[/USER] Another option is Cathay Pacific with Asia Miles. 135K round trip TLV-SYD through Hong Kong. The TLV-HKG is on the A350 as well.

    Asia miles just released a 30% bonus on hotel transfers, so 20K SPG points = 32.5K, (20 * 1.25) * 1.30 = 32.5


    Not sure when your dates are but availability may be an issue. There is no first class on this route unless you take BA

  6. Robotraveller

    Thanks all,

    I should probably add – I have an Australian Amex so can’t transfer to Avios, but can transfer direct (1:1) to Asia Miles. [USER=2121]@MarkS[/USER] how did you find the pricing on TLV – SYD? I tried looking for it on the Asia Miles site but they price the awards as two tickets?

    [USER=7]@Tiffany[/USER] The UA routing suggested sounds good, but sounds like a lot of travel to save not so many points?

  7. MarkS

    @robotraveler, no it’s priced as a single ticket. Asia Miles prices based on distance between origin and destination. TLV-SYD is 8,802 miles. Using their chart states that is 145K RT in business. But when doing a search it returns 135K. The problem is all dates I tried are waitlisted like this example. But the way around this might be to contact them and see if they will route you through BNE, ADL or PER with a Qantas connection to SYD. Asiamiles search engine isn’t all that great.

    Above all, contact them and confirm space before transferring points.

  8. Robotraveller

    Thanks Tiffany and MarkS

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