British Airways offering 25% bonus on hotel points conversions through October 15, 2013

Through October 15, 2013, British Airways is offering a 25% bonus on the conversion of hotel points to Avios. The partner hotel programs for this promotion include Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards, Marriott Rewards, Golden Circle and Starwood Preferred Guest.

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British Airways Avios aren’t the most valuable points currency out there, even though they’re incredibly valuable in select markets (like for shorthaul awards, given the distance based award chart).

I think the only partners with which this promotion could make sense would be Starwood and Marriott. With Starwood you get a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred, so factoring in the 25% bonus you’d get a total of 31,250 Avios for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred.

Meanwhile with Marriott, your best bet would be to take advantage of a “flight and hotel package,” whereby you can redeem points for a set number of free nights and miles.

Personally I love British Airways Avios, though I love sourcing them from Membership Rewards points transfers when a 30%+ bonus is being offered, so this isn’t a promotion I’d take advantage of.

(Tip of the hat to Matt)

Comments

  1. Lucky, how often does MR run a transfer bonus promotion for Avios? Think we can count on that happening again at some point?

  2. @ Andrew B — It seems to happen at least a few times a year. Don’t really know about the timeline, though think we can count on it happening again at some point in the near future.

  3. I’m hoping to use Avios points for a one way return from Hawaii to the west coast, getting the other leg via a United award ticket. But Hawaii is so tough to book I’m a little concerned transferring to Avios will be a waste. We have to go in the summer, which doesn’t help matters.

  4. @SFMom – Do exact dates yet? You can check out award availability on BA site if you are signed into your Executive Club account. I checked HNL-LAX flight on American in June 2014 and economy availability is pretty poor although there are a few days with 5-7 tickets. Most flights do have first class availability for 2 seats. Of course, that comes out to 37.5K one-way per person instead of 12.5K for one-way economy.

    The good is that taxes & fees are only $2.50 so you if you need to rebook/cancel, that’s all you are going to lose. The change fee is $60-65 I think but for award bookings they deduct it from your cash refund so if your taxes/fees are less, you just get no money back – just points (if done 24 hours prior or earlier). I had to rebook an Avios reward flight on S7 a bunch of times so had some recent experience – paid only $8.67 every time 🙂

  5. @Lucky,
    Questions on the flight and hotel package.
    A. Does it mean that, I spend 270,000 marriott points to get one week stay at Cate 1-5 hotels, PLUS to get 132,000 united miles (deposited into my United account)? If so, this is much better than simply converting marriott points into airline mileage.
    B. Can I stay one week (7 night) at different marriot hotel (Cat 1-5)? I meant, do I have to spend the consecutive 7 nights at the same hotel?

  6. @ Andy — Yep, that’s correct, it is indeed a better value than transferring miles directly.

    The downside is that the entire week stay has to be at one property.

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