American Airlines is offering 25% bonus points on SPG transfers to AAdvantage. The bonus is also available when transferring points from several other hotel loyalty programs to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. This offer expires on 31 May 2018.
American Airlines AAdvantage is a popular frequent flyer program for Australians. AAdvantage miles can be redeemed for travel on all Oneworld airlines, including Qantas. AAdvantage award flights are priced very competitively and there are no fuel surcharges, except when redeeming miles on British Airways. For example, it costs just 20,000 AAdvantage miles and minimal taxes to fly anywhere in Australia in Qantas Business class.
The problem is that American Airlines AAdvantage miles are difficult to earn in Australia. One way is to simply buy miles from American Airlines. The other common method of earning AAdvantage miles in Australia is by transferring credit card reward points to the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program, and then transferring from SPG to AAdvantage. For example, Australian Amex Membership Rewards points can be converted to SPG points. Those SPG points can then be converted to airline miles with dozens of airlines, including American Airlines.
Normally, you’ll get 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for every 20,000 SPG points transferred. With the 25% bonus miles on top of this, you’ll now get 31,250 AAdvantage miles for every 20,000 SPG points transferred. That’s a very good deal.
You can also take advantage of the 25% bonus AAdvantage miles until the end of May when transferring points from Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, Radisson Rewards and Best Western Rewards.
Full details about this promotion are available on the American Airlines website: Convert hotel points to miles