Feb052011

American AAdvantage Car and Hotel Awards

American Airlines AAdvantage program offers car and hotel awards for miles. The hotel awards have some very good redemption values for hotels starting under 10,000 miles per night. Some hotels I checked like Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. were around 24,000 miles for a night in February when the published rate is over $600 per night after tax.

Cash and Miles, beginning at just 1,000 miles is another option for American AAdvantage car and hotel awards. The same Park Hyatt hotel is only 1,000 miles and $281.71 for a free night. This offer gives a whopping $300+ value for 1,000 AA miles or more than 30 cents per mile. This value is near the upper end value of a high value international flight award (equivalent in value to a $30,000 ticket for 100,000 miles).

Award Restrictions

  1. These awards are not refundable. Cancel award and you lose miles.
  2. $30 change fee on awards for date changes or room category changes. Any additional change fees must be paid in cash.
  3. No changes allowed within 24 hours of reservation.

 

AAdvantage Elite members

There is a limited time special offer for AAdvantage Platinum and Executive Platinum elite members giving a 20% discount in miles and AAdvantage Gold elites 10% discount in miles.

Sample Hotel Rates: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 

Washington, D.C.

  • Park Hyatt Washington D.C. = 24,100 miles ($549 published rate = 2.28 cents/mile)
  • Four Points = 11,400 miles  ($259 published rate= 2.27 cents/mile)
  • Washington Hilton = 11,500 miles ($251 published rate = 2.18 cents/mile)
  • Sheraton National = 12,600 miles ($205 published rate = 1.63 cents/mile)
  • Washington Marriott = 12,900 miles ($121 published rate = 0.94 cents/mile)

 

American Airlines AAdvantage Hotel Award = 24,100 miles for Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Park Hyatt Washington D.C. for 24,100 AAdvantage miles = 2.6 cents/mile

Related Loyalty Traveler post: High Hotel Award Value for 1,000 AA miles (Feb 6, 2011) provides examples of hotel award value in the 25 cents to 50 cents per mile range for New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Sydney, Australia.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. This 1,000 mile pay with points deal is incredible. I looked at the RC palm beach for some arbitrary dates and found values in excess of $0.30 per mile in savings. This is really something.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if these semi-paid rates don’t accrue RC rewards points…but for roughly half off, this deal is clearly the more attractive of the two options.

  2. Be aware that there are other car rentals listed AA car rental. As I had never heard of the AAdvantage car rental which I got from booking our tickets on AA, I called the AAdvantage web site. They did tell me that they did have a car rental but that the car could be from any car rental company. When we got to San Antonio, they picked us up n a van listed advantage. Yet, when we were there, I was told that they did not give any advantage points or any points . I had checked when we were there only to find out that it was $10.00 more per day to add my husband. He does do most of the driving. So I am paying about 140.00 plus not receiving any points. I wih the aadvantage gent had known what she was talking about or at least admit that she did not and put me on with someone who did. The sadddest part was that iI had a reservation with Avis which offered bonus aa points as well as the regular points. I was also out over 150.00 whi

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