If you're short on AAdvantage Miles, you can top off your account by transferring rewards earned with American Airlines transfer partners directly into your AAdvantage account.
American Airlines is not a major transfer partner of any of the major travel rewards programs (AMEX, Chase, Citi, or Capital One), so your best bet when it comes to earning AAdvantage Miles will be Marriott Bonvoy and using AA's own co-branded credit cards.
AAdvantage Miles can be earned using several partners meaning that you can earn points with these programs and transfer those earned points directly to your AAdvantage account.
Marriott Bonvoy Points can be transferred to American Airlines AAdvantage at a 3:1 ratio which means that 3,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points can be converted to 1,000 AAdvantage Miles.
In addition to that, Marriott throws in a 15,000-point bonus for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points you transfer to an airline partners. When transferring to American Airlines AAdvantage, this gives you an additional 5,000 AAdvantage Miles.
So a 60,000-point transfer would give you a total of 20,000 AAdvantage Miles which is not too shabby if you don't plan on redeeming Marriott Points for free nights at Marriott brand hotels.
Here's the credit cards you can use to earn Marriott Bonvoy points:
|Credit Card||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For Marriott Benefits & Intro Bonus
|Earn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months.||$650|
|Earn 125,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.||$250|
Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful™ credit card
|Earn 125,000 Bonus Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases in your first 3 months from your account opening.||$250|
Best For Marriott Points & Free Night Award
|Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.||$95|
Best For No Annual Fee
|Earn 60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.||$0|
Best For Marriott Business Travelers
|Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.||$125|
Use the calculator to calculate the conversion of rewards earned with partners into American Airlines AAdvantage miles.
Can you transfer points to American Airlines AAdvantage?
Yes. Point earned with several hotel rewards programs can be transferred directly to your AAdvantage account.
What is the best way to quickly earn AAdvantage Miles?
The quickest way to earn AAdvantage Miles is by using AAdvantage credit cards. You can also earn a good amount of points transferring rewards earned with Marriott Bonvoy.