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Now transfer Marriott to American miles – when is it worth it?

by on Mon June 17, 2013 • No Comment

MarriottMarriott and American are back in business again.

You can now earn American miles for Marriott stays, but more importantly you can now transfer Marriott points into American Airlines miles.

The transfer rates are not great, but they are not terrible either, and there are now new opportunities to rack up American miles via credit card offers.

Here are the rates:

  • 10,000 points = 2,000 miles (1 mile for every 5 points)
  • 20,000 points = 5,000 miles (1 mile for every 4 points)
  • 30,000 points = 10,000 miles (1 mile for every 3 points)
  • 70,000 points = 25,000 miles (1 mile for every 2.8 points)
  • 140,000 points = 50,000 miles (1 mile for every 2.8 points)

So as you can see the sweet spot here is transferring in 70,000 point increments.

Is this worth it?

Two cases where it could be…

You don’t care about Marriott points, but really want AAdvantage miles. In this case it’s a no brainer. For example, you can sign up for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa and earn 50,000 Marriott points. That will get you closer to 25,000 AAdvantage miles you wouldn’t other wise have available. You could also sign up for the Ritz Carlton Rewards card for 70,000 Marriott points, but note you have to pay an annual fee to get the point, nearly $400, which is a steep price for 25,000 miles.

You think AAdvantage miles are worth more than 2.8 cents, and your Marriott points are only worth about a penny. In this case, transfer every time you get to 70,000 points. This may be true if you’re an AAdvantage elite member and get fees on some award tickets waived, or you are saving up for a big business class award that will be worth much more to you.

So overall, not a huge opportunity, but a nice benefit for those of us who can get really big value out of American miles, and prefer other options for hotels.

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