American Airlines is running a promotion where if you transfer points from a hotel loyalty program to American Airlines you’ll receive a 25% bonus. This promotion runs through May 31, 2018 and applies to many hotel transfers:
**Transfers from Choice Hotels, Hilton Honors, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and Wyndham Rewards do not get the 25% bonus for whatever reason!
In my opinion, there are only two hotel programs worthy of transferring your points – Starwood and Marriott. With that being said, this could also be a good opportunity to get rid of some orphaned points in another program where you aren’t going to redeem for a free night anyways and would prefer them in your American Airlines account.
Starwood Transfer to American
Starwood points always transfer to American Airline miles (as well as many other airline programs) at a 1:1 ratio. Additionally, you’ll always receive a 5,000 point bonus on every 20,000 points transferred. So for every 20,000 points transferred, taking into consideration the 25% bonus, you’d end up with 31,250 American Airline miles.
Marriott Transfer to American
UPDATE: The Hotel + Air packages might not actually qualify for the bonus and just their regular hotel transfer ratio. Please comment below with your experience.
The best transfer is for Marriott’s Hotel + Air packages where you receive a certain number of miles based on the package selected.So if you are looking to redeem for the 7 Nights + 120,000 Miles at a category 1-5 package, you’ll get a 25% bonus on the 120,000 miles transferred over to American Airlines, giving you a 30,000 mile bonus.
Overall… a nice promotion for those that are looking to increase their airline miles and get a better value then redeeming their hotel points.
Thanks to Points, Miles, and Martinis