Transfer Hotel Points To American Airlines Miles And Get A 25% Bonus

The AAdvantage program is running a promotion now through March 31, 2014 in which anyone who wishes to transfer hotel points to American Airlines miles will receive a 25 percent bonus on those miles. So if you’ve got enough Marriott or Hilton points to get 20,000 AAdvantage miles, you’ll end up getting 25,000 miles, which is enough for a round trip domestic flight.

This can be a great deal if you have some hotel points lying around that don’t add up to enough for a hotel stay and you’re also working on building your airline miles collection.

Maria has some 20,000 Marriott point left over from when she got the Marriott Rewards Visa Signature credit card. We used the first 30,000 for a stay at the Adagio hotel in San Francisco — a boutique hotel we can’t recommend highly enough — and I’m working on getting together enough American miles to get us to Europe and back in business class. So we’re planning to take advantage of this and transfer her points over to American and get 5,000 AAdvantage miles. That might not seem like a lot, but often the points that put you over the top toward something like an intercontinental business class ticket can be the most valuable miles you’ll ever earn!

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Here are the details, straight from American Airlines’ email this morning: Continue reading Transfer Hotel Points To American Airlines Miles And Get A 25% Bonus

LAX Thanksgiving Parking: Four Points Sheraton For The Win

Maria and I are headed to fabulous Atlanta to visit my family’s pig farm* for Thanksgiving and I — in perhaps one of my less enlightened moments — put us on a 6:30 a.m. flight out of LAX. True, we will get to the East Coast before dark, unlike most eastbound flights, but as someone known to throw punches when woken before 9 a.m., getting to the airport on time could present a problem. But if there’s one thing I love as much as sleeping until 10, it’s a night in a nice, clean hotel — and a deal.

So we set out on a mission to find said deal, perhaps redeem some points for a room, or at least earn as many points as we could in the booking process. Maria has the super slick Marriott Rewards Visa, so our first thought was to hit up the LAX-area Marriotts, as booking with that card earns us 5x Marriott Rewards points, which can be redeemed for future hotel stays, and allows us to be greeted, presumably, by singing clocks and tea cups as we waltz in with the card’s automatic Silver Elite status.

Our first find was the LAX Renaissance (part of the Marriott family), which at ~$137 out the door also offered a 5,000 point bonus just for booking the room for one night. Huzzah!

But wait. What about parking? Continue reading LAX Thanksgiving Parking: Four Points Sheraton For The Win