Now through August 7, American Airlines is offering a special 20% bonus on transferred points from Starwood Preferred Guest. This is in addition to the bonus miles you’ll already earn from Starwood when you transfer 20,000 points or more.
In case you don’t remember, SPG allows members to transfer points from their program to most airline loyalty programs at a 1:1 ratio (there are some exceptions). If you transfer a block of 20,000 points, you’ll get a 20% bonus — a total of 25,000 airline miles. This is one reason Starpoints are so valuable. The huge diversity of transfer partners means that you can find award space in the program you want to use and then transfer the points to book that award. You don’t have to be stuck with one airline.
American Airlines is essentially doubling that bonus. Starwood gives you 20% more miles, and American gives you 20% more miles, so you’ll get a total of 30,000 miles in exchange for 20,000 points.
Is this the most amazing deal in the world? Not really. I quite like using my Starpoints to book stays at Starwood hotels. I have elite status with them, and award stays count toward requalifying. Furthermore, some hotels are a pretty good deal when booked with points, and if you reserve four nights with points you’ll get the fifth night free.
But others prefer to use their points for miles instead. Everyone has their own way of playing the game. And because Membership Rewards and Ultimate Rewards points don’t transfer to American, that makes Starpoints one of the main alternatives. If you have a preference for American and its award chart, this is a deal you probably won’t want to miss.
Terms & Conditions
To qualify for this AAdvantage® bonus mile offer, member must initiate the AAdvantage mileage conversions with the Starwood Preferred Guest® program between 12:00 am Central time July 1, 2015 and 11:59 pm Central time August 7, 2015 (the “Promotion Period”), and be in good standing in the AAdvantage program. Members can convert multiple times during the Promotion Period.
To earn the 20% conversion bonus, member must convert points from the Starwood Preferred Guest program. This offer is non-transferable and non-reversible.
Bonus miles will be posted by American Airlines to the qualifying AAdvantage member’s account within 7 business days after the initial conversion activity has been posted by Starwood Preferred Guest. Bonus miles earned in this promotion do not count toward elite status qualification.