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Starwood / AAdvantage transfer bonus: Get up to 1.5 AAdvantage miles per Starwood point

by on Wed July 1, 2015 • No Comment
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American AAdvantage and Starwood are teaming up on a rare bonus when you transfer points from Starwood Preferred Guest to American AAdvantage miles.

The Dan’s Deals blog reports you can now get a 20% bonus on all transfers from Starwood to AAdvantage.

Here are the details.

Starwood already adds 5,000 AAdvantage miles to every 20,000 points you transfer, giving you 25,000 miles.

AAdvantage is now adding 20% to that total, so instead of 20,000 Starwood points getting you 25,000 miles, they will get you 30,000 miles with the bonus.

That’s 1.5 AAdvantage miles per 1 Starwood point when you transfer in 20,000 point increments.

Should you do this?

As with all mile transfers, we only recommend doing so if you have an immediate award need to book.

We wouldn’t stockpile AAdvantage miles with all of the possible changes as American and US Airways finish merging.

  • There is no limit to the number of times you can transfer and the deal lasts until August 7th.
  • But each day there is a limit of 79,999 points transferred out of Starwood and into AAdvantage. So you can do three 20,000 point transfers a day and get 90,000 AAdvantage miles in your account each day if you’re maximizing the deal.
  • Transfers to AAdvantage from Starwood aren’t instant, and they generally process on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, but AAdvantage will let you put awards on hold for up to 5 days while you wait for the transfer to complete.
  • If you don’t have Starwood points there’s not much time to get a Starwood American Express and quickly earn the sign on bonus if you want to take advantage. The 25,000 points you earn from it will turn into 37,500 AAdvantage miles with the transfer bonus.
  • But August is also traditionally when Amex tends to increase the sign on bonus for the Starwood card to around 30,000 points. So it’s probably not worth missing out on that opportunity to take advantage of this transfer deal if you’re just getting started with Starwood.

AAdvantage miles are already hard to use for getting to Europe this summer, though if you plan far ahead there are deals to be had.

They’re sitll great for getting to Australia on Qantas for 75,000 miles roundtrip, and in Business Class to Asia for 50,000 – 55,000 miles one way using Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines, which have good availability out of the U.S. First Class is just 62,500 – 67,500 miles. Here’s the full AAdvantage partner award chart.

If you really want to maximize your points, Starwood points are best used for harder to earn transfer partners, since Starwood has more 1:1 airline transfer partners than any other program.

But if you are on the cusp of an American AAdvantage award that’s valuable to you, go for this while you can.

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