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One of the ways my family is able to book the award flights that we do is by taking advantage of transferring miles and points to different hotel and airline accounts during transfer bonus periods. This is when you are given extra miles or points for transferring from one program to another during a specified time period. You never know when these sort of transfer bonuses will pop up, but when they do it make sense to do the math and see if you come out on top by taking advantage of the limited time bonus.
From July 1 through August 7, 2015 you can convert your Starpoints to AAdvantage miles and earn a 20% bonus on the amount of AAdvantage miles you receive from the conversion. For those who like historical info, they ran a similar promo around this time last year.
Normally, for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction, SPG will automatically add another 5,000 Starpoints for a total of 20,000 SPG points = 25,000 AAdvantage miles. However, via the 20% bonus promo you’ll receive 30,000 miles from the transaction via the following breakdown.
20,000 Starpoints = 20,000 AAdvantage miles
5,000 Standard SPG bonus = additional 5,000 AAdvantage miles
AAdvantage 20% mileage bonus = additional 5,000 AAdvantage miles
Total = 30,000 AAdvantage miles
Personally I will not be taking advantage of this promo as I am doing just fine with my AA mileage balance at the moment, and don’t really have an excess of SPG points. However, if you like to use your SPG points you earn via hotel stays, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Amex, or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Amex via American Airlines mileage transfers then this is a good time to do so.
Terms and Conditions:
Starwood Preferred Guests can transfer up to 79,999 of their Starpoints® per transaction per program within a 24-hour period to the American Airlines AAdvantage® program. Plus, for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction, Starwood will automatically add another 5,000 Starpoints! This means that up to 94,999 Starpoints can be transferred into your AAdvantage account.
Mommy Points Tip: Transfer just 60,000 points per 24 hours to make best use of the promo bonus.
There is no minimum Starpoint transfer requirement for Platinum Preferred Guest members. Gold Preferred Guest members have a minimum transfer requirement of 1,500 Starpoints, and Preferred Guest members have a minimum transfer requirement of 2,500 Starpoints.
Transfer maximums are based on a combination of member Starpoints and the Starwood Preferred Guest airline transfer transaction bonus. Only one airline transfer transaction per member per 24 hour period is allowed; multiple transfer transactions within the same 24 hour period will reject. Both the Starwood Preferred Guest and AAdvantage account must have identical member names in order to complete this request; different names will cause the transfer to reject. Airline transfers are one-way, non-reversible, and non-refundable.
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