Transfering into American Airlines AAdvantage?

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Transfering into American Airlines AAdvantage?

Postby AmexUser » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:27 pm

Is there a credit card that lets you transfer points to AAdvantage on a 1:1 basis and also earns more than one point per dollar in general categories (that is, unlike Starwood or the various Citi AAdvantage cards)? In other words, is there something for AA that's like Amex PRG for Delta and Chase Sapphire Preferred for United?


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Postby linuxmachine » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:01 pm

I think you're out of luck, but starwood can transfer at 1.25 to 1 if you transfer in 20k batches. If you are willing to eat the horrible exchange rates, you could technically take the 4.5x rewards from groceries from the amex everyday preferred and convert that to 1.5 starwood points, which gets you ~1.9 AA miles per dollar spent if you hit all the bonuses. I'd rather keep 4.5 MR points over < 2 AA miles, but whatever works for you....

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Postby AmexUser » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:37 pm

Thanks, linuxmachine. I guess I'll wait until Citi offers something like CSP or PRG, maybe it'll happen after the AA-US merger transition is done. After all, there seems to be 3 stable ecosystems forming: Amex-Delta-Starwood, Chase-United-Marriott, and Citi-American-Hilton.

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Postby travisrauh » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:58 am

Not sure if this would help you at all but don't forget about the airline alliances. American Airlines participates in oneworld so by transferring to British Airways or another alliance partner, you'd still [though much more of a pain] be able to use those points for AA travel.
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Postby djrez4 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:26 am

travisrauh wrote:Not sure if this would help you at all but don't forget about the airline alliances. American Airlines participates in oneworld so by transferring to British Airways or another alliance partner, you'd still [though much more of a pain] be able to use those points for AA travel.


And, Amex runs BA transfer bonuses frequently.
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Postby linuxmachine » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:35 am

Avios not worth for the long haul, especially with the fees. I'm guessing OP wanted AA miles because of the favorable rewards chart (or maybe he/she is committed to AA with existing miles). US Airways has a decent rewards chart too, but they too are not part of the Chase/Amex network.

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Postby AmexUser » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:43 pm

I have existing miles with the major US and Asian airlines. I mostly take domestic flights within the continental US and international flights to Asia, and I only use miles to upgrade the international segments, so I'm not sure if Avios miles can help.



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