American Airlines is offering a conversion of AA Miles to Hilton HHonors points at a rate of 1:1.67 as pointed out today by The Points Guy. If you are interested in dumping your AA miles (I know I am, but that’s based on a personal grudge against AA that I will hold to my grave and use terrible clip art to emphasize), the link to the Points.com conversion site is here.
The conversion isn’t great, considering the most common Hilton portfolio properties start at 20,000 points per night. I recall last month jumping for joy when I found a Hampton Inn near Denver for “only” 12,500 HHonors points. That 12,500 point award was the only one available that low anywhere on that side of the Front Range. Trust me, I searched. But I’ll get off my “awards start at 7,500 HHonors points per night, but not really” soap box and let you bask in the opportunity to stay in comfortable hotels rather than flying the worst airline on earth (there’s that personal grudge again). It costs $30.00 to process the transaction, so add that into your conversion math. 6,000 AA miles to 10,000 HHonors points is the lowest conversion allowed. That same 10,000 HHonors points would cost you $100.00 if purchased on Hilton.com. You must also have 25,000 AA miles in your account to complete a transaction, even if you are converting fewer points, unless you’re Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum.
The Points Guy also notes the AA credit card offer that can get you a conversion to 250,000 Hilton HHonors points. That’s not a small amount if you’re saving up to go to New York or an international destination.