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New to the community – currently have a AA Mileage Card
I’m based in Chicago and have accrued 69,352. I know from reading this blog it’s a good idea to have a card with transferable miles so not to have all your miles with one carrier so they can’t just move the goal post if I want to use my miles.
Couple of questions –
Is there a card that I can transfer miles to use with my AA credit card?
Should I get another different miles card?
Any help is greatly appreciated. My wife and I are photographers and love to travel and take photos. Cheers!
[USER=928]@Wanderlust[/USER] – welcome! Right now the only currency transferable to AA is SPG’s Starpoints. When you transfer 20K Starpoints at one time, you get a 5K bonus so that you end up with 25K new AA miles so it’s actually a better card for earning AA miles than the AA card itself! (well, except with purchases directly from AA.) Lucky has a link for this card under the Best Credit Cards > Hotel Credit Cards tabs at the top of this page.
Another Boarding Area blogger, the Frequent Miler, has created a Google Docs spreadsheet listing the transferable points and what airline/hotel/etc. programs they can be transferred to. While the blog post is old, he keeps the spreadsheet up to date. You can check that out here: [URL]http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2014/06/24/transfer-partner-master-list/[/URL]
Also, keep in mind that while AA miles are fantastic, they’re not the best currency for everywhere. Let your destination drive what type of points/miles you accrue.
Finally, if you haven’t read through Lucky’s Beginner Guide (available under the Start Here tab at the top of this page) that’s a great place to get a good feel for how things work together.
Let us know if you have more questions.