Earlier this fall, I shared that you could earn 20% more American miles when converting Starwood Preferred Guest points. American has extended that offer from October 15 to October 31 and has also added an option to earn more miles when converting Marriott Rewards points to miles, as well.
Starwood Preferred Guest
Starpoints, the loyalty currency of Starwood hotels, can be difficult to earn aside from staying nights at their properties or signing up for one or both of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Cards and receiving their sign-on bonuses. I love the Starwood program — and their cards are some of my favorites and included in my travel credit card plan — because you can use them to purchase SPG Moments like attending MLB games or Broadway shows AND they are also a good transfer option to many different airlines.
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Here is the deal:
Normally, when you transfer Starpoints to American AAdvantage miles, you earn 1 mile for every Starpoint you transfer.
PLUS, when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints to ANY airline, Starwood kicks in a BONUS 5000 miles. We used this feature when traveling to Europe to get some extra British Airways Avios (their version of miles) to use for flights within Europe.
Through October 31, they are sweetening this deal with American even more!
You can earn 20% MORE miles with every conversion of Starpoints to American miles. And that 20% kicks in AFTER you add in the 5,000 bonus miles from Starwood.
AND earn an additional 10,000 AAdvantage miles for every 100,000 American miles received from conversions. So, you’d need at least 70,000 Starpoints to make that work (beyond what you can earn in the credit card bonuses, see breakout below), but it’s out there in case it works for you.
A good plan here would be to set aside 20,000 Starpoints for a conversion to American miles, because that would allows you to hit the minimum to earn the bonus 5,000 miles from Starwood.
So let’s say you transfer 20,000 Starpoints to American miles.
20,000 miles + 5,000 bonus miles (Starwood’s regular miles conversion bonus) + 5,000 bonus miles (20% of 25,000 through this promotion) = 30,000 miles
Here’s an alternative that lets you take advantage of the 30% bonus by transferring 60,000 miles.
70,000 miles + 15,000 bonus miles (5,000 miles X 3 for 3 sets of 20,000 miles transferred) = 85,000 + 17,000 bonus miles (20% of 75,000) = 102,000 + 10,000 bonus miles (for reaching 100,000 converted miles) = 112,000 miles
Any way you shake it, that’s a great deal!
A Few Considerations
Transferring Starpoints to an airline is NOT INSTANT. So don’t wait until you quickly need to the miles to book a flight. The fine print says it can take up to seven days, and I can tell you when we transferred Starpoints to British Airways, it took the FULL SEVEN DAYS. That was a bit frustrating. But as long as you know ahead of time, you can plan.
Also, the names on the Starwood account MUST MATCH the name on the American account, so you CANNOT transfer from a husband’s to a wife’s account, etc.
The minimum transfer is 1,500 Starpoints.
Through December 5, 2017, you can also earn a 30% bonus when converting Marriott Rewards points to American miles.
Marriott Rewards do not convert on a 1:1 basis like Starpoints to American miles. Instead, the conversion rate is 2,000 miles for every 10,000 points you transfer or 20,000 points for 5,000 American miles. They also DO NOT kick in a bonus 5,000 miles for every 20,000 transferred like Starwood.
Here’s how the deal shakes out:
- 10,000 Marriott points = 2,000 American miles + 600 miles bonus
- 20,000 Marriott points = 5,000 American miles + 1500 miles bonus
- 30,000 Marriott points = 10,000 American miles + 3,000 miles bonus
- 70,000 Marriott points = 25,000 American miles + 7,500 miles bonus
Marriott Rewards Credit Cards
To earn a big chunk of Marriott Rewards, you can apply for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier personal and business cards. You can currently earn 80,000 points after a spend of $3000 within three months on both cards, as well as one free night at a Category 1-5 hotel after your one-year anniversary on each. The cards have annual fees of $85 and $99.
Thanks again for using my TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS link above to apply for any cards in this post.
Terms & Conditions
Here’s a BIG one: Marriott says it may take up to SIX WEEKS (yikes!!) for your Marriott points to be posted to your American account, though American says they will credit the BONUS miles within seven days. So don’t do this if you need miles in a hurry!!
Also, you can convert miles multiple times during the promotion, and bonus miles DO NOT count toward Elite Status. Travel packages are excluded from this promotion.
To learn exactly how to fly free on American Airlines around the U.S., enroll in my Frugal Flyer online course. You can also read this post about American’s Reduced Mileage Program that helps you stretch American miles as far as possible.
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