American Airlines has launched 20% conversion bonus for converting Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles between October 15 – November 14, 2016 (AA had exactly the same promo both in 2014 & 2015).
The bonus applies both to straight points to miles conversions and travel package awards where American Airlines is the miles partner.
Points To Miles Conversions:
You can convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles per the table above.
Marriott Rewards Travel Packages:
This is absolutely my preferred way of converting points to miles. You can use 270,000 Marriott Rewards points for a week at category 1 to 5 Marriott hotels and have 120,000 American Airlines miles deposited to your account (144,000 with the 20% bonus).
You can later up the hotel award category by paying the difference in Marriott Rewards points and extend the 12 month validity of the hotel award by at least for one additional year.
You can read my piece about Marriott Travel Packages here.
Why Travel Package Conversion?
If you have plenty of Marriott Rewards points, the Travel Package conversion is better even if you don’t plan using the hotel award part at all.
280,000 Marriott Rewards points would convert to 120,000 American Airlines miles during this offer (100,000 miles + 20% bonus). If you redeem 270,000 points for a Marriott Rewards Category 1-5 Travel Package with 120,000 miles, you end up with 144,00 AAdvantage miles with the bonus.
Not only you are using less points (10,000) but you end up with more miles (144,000 instead of 120,000) AND free week at category 1-5 category hotel.
I have redeemed all my Marriott Rewards points using the Travel Packages that is the best way to use them and issued one when this offer was around last time (may end up doing this year as well along with the similar United offer access here).
Remember that you can always top up your Marriott Rewards account by buying 50,000 points (maximum per calendar year) for $625 (1.25 cents each). I have done this yearly as well. You can access Marriott’s web page for buying points here.
This is also an opportunity for SPG members to convert 90,000 Starpoints to 270,000 Marriott Rewards points and then to 144,000 AAdvantage miles + one week at cat 1 – 5 properties.