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American Airlines offers buy mile promotion all the time, but it is usually not a great deal, given the lack of sAAver space from AA. I have a combined total of nearly a million AA miles sitting in my family’s accounts, and I honestly don’t remember the last time I used any on AA flights. Most of my AA redemption had been with Alaska Airlines within the U.S., or Japan Airline and Cathay Pacific to Asia in business class. [SEE8 ways to use a MILLION “worthless” AA miles].

To me, AA miles are not worthless. I am always looking for ways to add more AA miles, knowing that Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Cathay Pacific all pretty consistently release award seats to destinations my family goes. Through December 5, 2017, you can get a 30% bonus when converting Marriott points to AA miles. Complete details of the promotion can be found here.

  • There is no minimum or maximum to the amounts of Marriott points you can convert,
  • Promotion ends 11:59 p.m. CST, December 5, 2017
  • 30% bonus applies only up to 140,000 Marriott points converted, as shown in the table below. The most AA miles you can received under this promotion is 65,000 miles which included 15,000 bonus miles.
  • Promotion excludes Marriott’s travel package.
  • Miles may take up to 6 weeks to post.

Not as good as Marriott travel package

If you’re looking at converting only a few Marriott points to top off your account for an award, then it might be worth participating in this promotion. However, if you’re looking at converting quite a few, the Marriott travel package is a better deal.

American Airlines is included in Marriott’s Hotel and Air Package 1. For 270,000 Marriott points, you can get 7 nights in a Category 1-5 hotel plus 120,000 AA miles, which is enough for one roundtrip ticket to Japan in business class. Unfortunately points converted to AAdvantage miles as part of a Marriott Rewards/AAdvantage travel package do not qualify for this promotion.

Keep in mind that with the 3:1 transfer ratio between Starpoints and Marriott Rewards, you can transfer 90,000 Starwood points for 270,000 Marriott points. [SEE 4 reasons to transfer SPG points to Marriott (instead of the other way around)]

So like other recent AA buy mile deals, the latest AA promotion of 30% bonus by converting Marriott points is just as bad. Don’t do it, unless you only plan to convert a few points to top off your account for an award.


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