20% bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest conversions to American Airlines

There are two good reasons why you may be considering building up some American Airlines miles at the moment:

The free UK credit card has a 15,000 mile sign-up bonus

AA still awards 100% of miles flown when you credit economy BA flights, compared to just 25% of miles flown if you credit to Avios

The pros and cons of collecting AA miles are discussed in the two articles I link to above.

If you did either of the above and wanted to top up your American Airlines miles, here is a good opportunity.

American Airlines

Between July 1st and August 7th, you will receive a 20% bonus on conversions of Starwood Preferred Guest (Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, W etc) hotel points to American Airlines.

This is on top of the 25% bonus that Starwood gives to any airline transfer of 20,000 points or more.

This means that, for example:

10,000 Starwood points will get you 10,000 American miles

20,000 Starwood points will get you 30,000 American miles

The bonus is valid for multiple transfers during the promotional period.  No registration is required.

Full details can be found on the American Airlines website here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. RIccati says:

    Are AA devaluing or making the program better and better!? :-)

    • James67 says:

      Take advantage of it while you can. I suspect devaluation is now imminent, turn of the year at the latest. The airlines often seem to increase earning opportunities ahead of devaluation. Also, i doubt AA can sustain risks to increased liability from a prolonged period as the most generous scheme by far within the OW alliance following changes at BA and CX.

      • RIccati says:

        Yes, the influx of members from other OW airlines would create a liability problem but I doubt it happens.

        BAEC and Asia Miles members who redeem for local flights (European for BAEC) stay with these programmes.

  2. This is a decent offer and in some respect better than buying/sharing AA miles because the latter process involves paying fees and can only be purchased in US$ meaning additional costs if you don’t have the right credit card. Of course you need to have some Starwood points in the bank.

    As an example of the current attraction of AAdvantage over Avios, yesterday I booked a Qatar A380 First Class redemption LHR-DOH-BKK for 52.5k miles and £184. Try that one on ba.com!

    • James67 says:

      Only downside is that the hefty cancellation/change fee associated with AA but if you can live with that it is currently a great scheme

      • Do I make the same mistake and try and get AA miles, as I did with Etihad, and watch them decimate the program!
        Possibly not!
        Although I do need to start collect SPG points and an Amex SPG card.

        • James67 says:

          If you want to go to India, Africa or middle east it can sometimes be worthwile buying all the miles you need during some of the AA promotions. Some buying promos are much better than others, just depends how many miles you need relatuve to the bonus cutoff points they use.

      • Unlimited date changes are free provided the departure/destination points are the same.

        I agree that the miles reinstatement fee is relatively high but if the miles have come from 1 account the higher charge is only applied to the account holder with a small additional fee for each additional passenger. At the point where 4 people are travelling on miles from the same account, the change cost is more or less identical to BA’s.

        • James67 says:

          That’s true. However, a few years back I used to have endless issues even to get date or route changes without tge fee via UK call centre but no probablems with USA call centre. Hopefully all the UK staff are clued up on rules by now.

  3. The link in the article takes me to a aa.com page in Spanish and I’m struggling to find the offer in English. Is that just me it’s happening to?

    • I get English!

      • That’s puzzling!!

        The AA page from the link isn’t English and I think my settings are as they should be (Union Jack & English at the top pf the page). The link within that page takes me to SPG which is in English although the offers isn’t there. I’m sure I can get around it – thanks..

  4. Lee Thornton says:

    Wouldn’t a 20% bonus get you 12,000 AAdvantage miles for converting 10,000 Starpoints? And where do you get 31,250 from? I calculate 20,000 Starpoints gives you 30,000 AAdvantage miles with this promotion (including the stackable 5,000 bonus).

    • Was going to say the same thing.
      It is a 20% AA bonus not 25% (which SPG gives on 20k transfers).
      10k + 20% = 12k
      20k + 25% + 20% = 30k

  5. Howard says:

    I got 2 Etihad 380 First Class from AUH to LHR next March and the cost £14.20 each from AA points. There is a hefty cancellation charge which is a big negative.

    Out from LHR to Dubai in First (777) with BA was about £325 per person.

    Dear wife is very happy!!!

  6. Doreen says:

    Didn’t realise that Starpoints would take so long to post over to AA – “allow up to 4 weeks” !

  7. James67 says:

    Gave this somr further thought and it is a very attractive deal for some redemptions if we can avoid high tax/fees exUK. We can buy 20k SPG points converting to 30k AA miles for £450 = ow business class redemption to AA sweet spots, or £900 for a return if you have two accounts to play with. Many of us will already have some spg points so price is even less.

    • Tom1234 says:

      Exactly the same price (£400) as buying 30,000 from AA outright (using 1.57 x rate) during the current 15% bonus which ends 13th July.

  8. Iain2015 says:

    What’s the likelihood of this being extended?