American Airlines has copied BA’s popular promotion and is offering a 25% bonus when you convert your hotel points into American Airlines miles.
The important thing to note is that not all hotel schemes are included. Most importantly, Starwood Preferred Guest is excluded.
The hotel loyalty schemes participating are:
Best Western Rewards
IHG Rewards Club
Marriott Rewards (excluding ‘travel package’ redemptions)
The deadline for transferring your points is 31st March. The bonus applies to all transfers during the period, not just the first one.
None of these hotel schemes has a generous conversion rate to airline miles, and a 25% bonus will not change that. However, if you want to empty out some small hotel balances, or need to top off your American Airlines account, it is a better deal than usual.
How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (September 2021)
American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.
There is, however, still a way to earn American Airlines miles from a UK credit card.
The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to American Airlines miles at the rate of 3:1. You receive an additional 5,000 miles bonus if you convert 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points at once.
The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend.
At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 American Airlines miles per £1 spent on the card. This will increase to 0.83 AA miles per £1 if you convert Bonvoy points in chunks of 60,000 points.
You can apply here.