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Get a 20% bonus on Starwood transfers to American and US Airways

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For some reasons we don’t know about, Starwood Preferred Guest was not included in the current 25% bonus for transferring your hotel loyalty scheme points into Avios.

American Airlines and its new sister company US Airways have stepped into the breach with an offer of their own.  Until 31st July, you will receive a 20% bonus on all transfers of SPG – and only SPG – points to American and US.

The home page for this offer is here for American and here for US Airways.

Usually, 20000 Starwood Preferred Guest points would get you 25000 American Airlines or US Airways miles.  For transfers initiated by 31st July, that is increased to 30000 miles.

Note that the terms and conditions say that the bonus miles may post up to 7 working days after the base miles.

This could be an attractive offer for some people.  Remember that AA does not charge fuel surcharges except on BA and Iberia redemptions – flights to the US on AA planes only incur Air Passenger Duty.  If flying to the Middle East, 30000 American Airlines miles is good enough for a one-way flight to Abu Dhabi in business class on partner Etihad.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 2021)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

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

Comments (24)

  • Adam says:

    So should i convert my starwood points to Avios now – or wait for a potential bonus in the next 6 months or so?

    • Rob says:

      Unless you need the Avios, I would wait. You may even find you can use them for an SPG hotel.

  • mitesh patel says:

    Transferred mine yesterday around afternoon GMT, and now showing in my account on AA. (Y)

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