I am really struggling with what to do with my Ascent points at the moment. I haved about 80K across corporate and personal ascent and if I manage to get all points posting to AA properly I wont need any points from Amex.
I think my Amex points are going to end up in QF and be used for F upgrades
I thought about getting them in HHonors but the return is probably not as effective - for three F upgrades I could only get one or two nights in a hotel...
Not sure about hotel programs, looking at earn/burn ratios in airline programs Virgin Atlantic is the standout. Requires 1:1 to transfer from Amex (as does QF), but some big discrepancies in the points required for award flights. In some instances (eg AUS-NZ in J) the burn rate on QF is 2.4 times that of VS but generally the burn rate on QF is about 1.2 - 1.7 times that of VS.
I voted for QF even though I have not transferred any Ascent points yet. Unless someone can convince me I do not see much value in hotel loyalty programs and of the other FF programs VS sounds OK but appears to be risky trying to book a complex RTW.
I have just over 80,000 MR points and when I have 140,000 MR points I will be transferring to QF for another Oneworld RTW award. Hopefully no more enhancements until I have enough points.
What hotel program(s) is the best for transferring Amex points into?
Priority Club, Starwood or Hilton?
Starwood has nights for 7000 points in Sydney. Priority Club has some Point Breaks for 5000 points in Rooty Hill (Western Sydney). HHonors has some for 7,500. But I've never seen any 7.5k or 10k within Australia. Are there any other standouts that I missed?
Can someone confirm the transfer rates from Australian Membership Rewards:
HHonors: 1000 per 1000 MR
Priority Club: 600 per 1000 MR
Starwood: 330 per 1000 MR