If you have an American Airlines AAdvantage account, or are looking for a home for a large pile of hotel loyalty points you feel you may never use, this promotion may be of interest.
Until March 15th, American Airlines is offering a 25% bonus when you convert points from the following schemes:
Best Western (usually 5:1)
Choice Hotels (5:1)
Marriott (from 5:1)
Club Carlson (10:1)
The missing one is Starwood Preferred Guest. This is a shame as Starwood has the most generous airline conversion rate of all at 1 : 1, or 1 : 1.25 if you convert in chunks of 20,000 SPG points. Melia, La Quinta and Langham are also not participating.
Marriott’s ‘hotel and air’ packages are also excluded – only straight transfers of Marriott Rewards points will get the bonus.
A 25% bonus is never enough to make a bad deal into a great deal, but if you had been thinking about topping up an American Airlines account then this is a decent option.
The conversion must be ‘initiated’ by midnight on March 15th – it doesn’t matter how long the miles take to reach AA.
Key uses of AA miles include NO FUEL SURCHARGES on transatlantic flights as long as you are on an AA or US Airways plane and their generous redemption rates (60,000 miles return in Business or 80,000 in First) from Europe to the Middle East on BA, Etihad or a oneworld airline.
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.)