Marriott, American Airlines team up again


Stays at Marriott hotels can now (and again) earn miles in the American Airlines AAdvantage program. The two programs were partners in the past took a bit of time off and now are together again. For the occasional Marriott guest this means one or two points per dollar spent at the various Marriott brands. And for folks with larger balances in the Marriott Rewards program those points can now be moved en masse out to AAdvantage.

Here’s the breakdown on the two options:

You’ll earn two AAdvantage miles per $1USD spent on all qualifying transactions at these participating brands:

  • JW Marriott®
  • Autograph Collection® Hotels
  • Renaissance® Hotels
  • Marriott® Hotels
  • Marriott Vacation Club®

You’ll earn two AAdvantage miles per $1USD spent on room rate only at these participating brands:

  • The Ritz-Carlton®
  • EDITION®
  • Gaylord Hotels®

You’ll earn one AAdvantage mile per $1USD spent on room rate only at these participating brands:

  • AC Hotels
  • Courtyard by Marriott®
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott®
  • Residence Inn by Marriott®
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott®
  • Marriott Executive Apartments®

You can convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles:

  • 10,000 points = 2,000 miles
  • 20,000 points = 5,000 miles
  • 30,000 points = 10,000 miles
  • 70,000 points = 25,000 miles
  • 140,000 points = 50,000 miles

American is also now a participant in the Hotel + Air packages Marriott offers. A seven night stay at a Category 5 hotel should cost 150K points (4th night free, 25K/night) but with the package you can get 50K AA points AND the 7 nights for 200K Marriott points, only 60K more than the 140K it takes to transfer to the 50K AA points from the chart above. Yes, you need to have a whole lot of Marriott points to get to that bonus, but if you have them it can be a tremendous value. Note that if you plan to redeem at a Category 1 or 2 hotel this program is probably a bad value.

Finally, as part of the new partnership launch the two companies are offering 500 bonus AAdvantage miles for stays at any Marriott which are credited to an AA account from July 15 – August 15, 2013. Not sure why the wait to start, but it is there.

Always good to have more partners. Added bonus in this case is that the partnership is a pretty fair one.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

2 Comments

  1. That’s really great timing, since I’ll be staying at a Courtyard in NYC this summer! So if I pay the bill with my AA Citicard, I’ll be getting 500 more AA miles? The more, the merrier!

    1. Just paying with your AA card won’t do it, Bird. You will have to credit the stay to your AA account rather than to your Marriott account. You can earn either hotel points or airline points for the stay. This change just adds American back in to the pool of partner airlines which are eligible for such earning.

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