Earning American miles with Marriott, or transferring Marriott points into American miles, ends June 30.
An email from American yesterday stated:
We would like to provide you with an important update to the American Airlines AAdvantage® program. Effective July 1, 2010, the Marriott Rewards program will no longer offer AAdvantage miles for stays at Marriott hotels.
All qualifying stays at participating properties completed by June 30, 2010 will be eligible to earn AAdvantage miles. It is also important to note the final date to convert your Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles will be June 30, 2010.
Presumably they couldn’t agree on the price of miles in a new contract, perhaps American wanted a higher price, Marriott wanted to lower the price, or they’ve been successful with other programs and not with American on reducing their cost of miles.
Either way, it’s hard to imagine a hotel chain as large as Marriott not partnering with the oldest airline program of them all in American. But that’s the news. Which also means that American Airlines miles will no longer be an option as part of a Marriott Rewards travel package.