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Until 30th October 2019, American Airlines AAdvantage is offering 25% bonus Miles when you transfer hotel points across – including from Marriott Bonvoy. You must register for the bonus on your AA account.
What’s the deal?
- Transfer 60,000 Marriott Points = 25,000 American Miles (because you get an extra 5,000 when transferring in blocks of 60,000)
- AA then applies the 25% transfer bonus to the full 25,000 Miles, which means you will actually receive 31,250 AA Miles.
Unless you stay a lot with Marriott for work though, you’re probably wondering how to get hold of large amounts of Marriott Points. In the UK, the best option is probably transferring American Express Membership Rewards Points across. The transfer rate is 2:3 – so to get 60,000 Marriott Points, you’d need to transfer 40,000 Amex MR Points.
In other words, you can indirectly swap 40,000 Amex MR Points for 31,250 American AAdvantage Miles.
That might not sound like a particularly impressive deal, when you consider that 40,000 Amex MR Points could otherwise be converted into 40,000 BA Avios or Virgin Flying Club Miles (etc) – but not all Miles are created equal.
If you are interested in AA Miles, this is definitely an offer worth considering.
It does seem to crop up at least once or twice a year though, so unless you’ve got firm plans for using the AA Miles, you might be better off waiting and keeping your Amex transfer options open.