American Airlines and IHG Rewards Club have teamed up to offer up to 8 AAdvantage miles per dollar on stays at IHG properties.
- Earn 3x AAdvantage miles with every stay at IHG hotels or 4x at Crowne Plaza properties.
- Registration required – direct link.
- Must be an IHG Rewards Club member with a registered address in North or South America with American Airlines AAdvantage miles as the chosen earning preference, must register member number in advance, and must be in good standing in the AAdvantage program to participate in “3X / 4X the miles” campaign.
- Triple miles will be awarded on all Qualifying Stays after completing 1st Qualifying Stay between May 15, 2018 and July 31, 2018.
- Quadruple miles will be awarded on all Qualifying Stays at Crowne Plaza brand hotels after completing 1st Qualifying Stay during Promotion Period.
- Bonus miles multiplier will be based on the current base miles awarded per IHG hotel brand.
- Maximum bonus award is 15,000 bonus miles per member during this campaign.
If you’re sitting on a stash of IHG Rewards Club points and need more AAdvantage miles, this promotion is worth considering. It could also make sense in some other scenarios.
When choosing to earn American Airlines miles instead of IHG Rewards Club points on IHG hotel stays, you ordinarily earn 2 miles per dollar at most IHG properties. The two exceptions are Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites where you earn 1 mile per dollar.
With this promotion you’ll earn 3x miles on stays, so in most cases you’ll earn a total of 6 miles per dollar. Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites stays will result in a total of 3 miles per dollar. For some reason Crowne Plaza is an exception as stays at that brand will earn 4x miles for a total of 8 miles per dollar.
6-8 miles per dollar is a pretty good return for hotel stays; whether that’s worth it will depend on your valuations of AAdvantage miles and IHG Rewards Club points, as well as whether you have status with IHG.
For example, someone with no IHG status (i.e. Club members) earns 10 points per dollar spent on IHG stays (5 at Staybridge Suites & Candlewood Suites). With a Reasonable Redemption Value (RRV) of 0.57cpp (cents per point), that works out at a 5.7% return. If they credited those stays to American Airlines, they’d instead earn 6 miles per dollar in most cases. With a RRV of 1.4cpp for AAdvantage miles, that works out at an 8.4% return – almost 50% more.
Many of us have an IHG Rewards Club credit card which comes with Platinum status. Platinum members receive a 50% bonus on base points, so that comes to 15 points per dollar. With that RRV of 0.57cpp, you’d get an 8.55% return – pretty much the same value as the 8.4% for crediting to American Airlines. In this scenario, the best option would depend on whether you need points or miles more.
For anyone with Spire Elite status, the value proposition tips towards still crediting to your IHG Rewards Club account. You get a 100% bonus on base points with Spire Elite, so that’s 20 points per dollar at most IHG brands. Still using that RRV of 0.57cpp, you’d get an 11.4% return for each dollar spent. That’s much better than crediting to American Airlines (at 8.4%) unless you have a stay booked at a Crowne Plaza property. With 8 miles per dollar on offer there, the return would be 11.2% for crediting to American Airlines based on the 1.4cpp RRV for AAdvantage miles.
The nice thing is that you can choose to earn 3x / 4x miles with American Airlines during this promotion period while simultaneously earning IHG Rewards Club bonus points when completing your Q2 Accelerate tasks.
Ultimately, you’ll need to do the math for yourself to work out if this makes sense for you, but it’s definitely a promotion worth considering if you have upcoming IHG stays.