Marriott at night KC

Back in July of 2010, Marriott announced that their Marriott Rewards program would no longer offer AAdvantage miles for stays at Marriott hotels. Considering how many properties they have (3,700 properties in 70 countries), it was a big disappointment (and inconvenience) for them to leave the AAdvantage program.

Here’s some good news: starting today, AAdvantage members can earn miles when they stay at any of Marriott’s 14 hotel brands!

Joint members who stay at one of 14 participating Marriott brands can earn one to two miles per dollar spent on the room rate and two miles per dollar spent on all qualifying transactions. Also, joint members can convert their Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles.

Some really great news – you can even earn 500 bonus miles through August 15, 2013!

The details from American’s announcement:

We are excited to announce that American Airlines is welcoming Marriott back to the AAdvantage program!

What does this mean for you? You’ll have the opportunity to earn even more AAdvantage miles (up to 2 miles per dollar spent) while allowing you to expand your travel experience and enjoy more choices when deciding where you will stay when you’re away from home.

What better way to celebrate our new partnership than offering you more of what you want – bonus miles! Earn 500 AAdvantage bonus miles when you stay at over 3,700 participating Marriott properties around the globe between July 15 and August 15, 2013.

How to join:  visit MarriottRewards.com and sign up for the Marriot Rewards program:

• Select Miles/other program as your Earning preference
• Select American Airlines as your preferred Airline program
• Enter your AAdvantage number

How to earn: 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

Convert points: 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

According to Loyalty Traveler’s analysis, 10,000 Marriott Rewards points are worth between 80-120 dollars. 2,000 AAdvantage miles have a nominal value of about $40, so converting your Marriott points to miles might not be a great value, but it’s certainly nice to have the option if you need to top offer your AAdvantage account for a redemption.

Visi aa.com/marriott and MarriottRewards.com for more information.

Photo: Marriott at night KC
Credit: seligmanwaite on Flickr

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