Starwood British Airways 10% Transfer Bonus

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Apparently this promotion has been going on since September 1, 2014, though I only learned about it today, via an email I received from British Airways Executive Club. Not a huge loss, since it’s not an earth shattering promotion or anything.

Through September 30, 2014, British Airways is offering a 10% transfer bonus when you convert Starpoints into Avios. While transfers from Starwood to British Airways can often take 1-2 weeks, it can take 4-6 weeks from the time of conversion for the bonus Avios to post.

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The normal transfer ratio is 1:1, and for every 20,000 points you transfer you earn a 5,000 point bonus. That means 20,000 Starpoints ordinarily converts into 25,000 Avios, so through this promotion you’d receive 27,500 Avios. There’s no limit to the number of bonus Avios you can earn through this promotion.

British Airways Executive Club is partners with all three major transferable points currencies — American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. Of those three currencies, Starpoints are hands down the most difficult to accrue, given that you can really only earn them through staying at Starwood hotels and through the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. And since those cards don’t offer category bonuses aside from Starwood hotels, it requires a lot of spend to build a sizable points balance. As a result, Starpoints are one of the few points currencies I hoard.

So generally I wouldn’t transfer Starpoints to British Airways, given how many other ways there are to rack up Avios. Back in the day we frequently saw transfer bonuses from Membership Rewards to British Airways, though it has been a while since we’ve seen one of those. As a result, I think either Membership Rewards or Ultimate Rewards points are better options for a transfer.

All that being said, if you’re going to convert Starpoints into Avios, you might as well do it when there’s a transfer bonus. I’ve seen bigger transfer bonuses in the past, though.

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Comments

  1. Recently it was reported (probably here) that IB dramatically increased the number of Avios required to redeem for shorthaul flights on partner airlines. Until there’s clarity as to whether BA will follow suit, I wouldn’t transfer anything to BA.

  2. Just as a data point, I’ve transferred Starwood points to BA twice in the last few weeks, and both times the transferred points and the bonus points posted together, a couple of days after I transferred. I couldn’t figure out why I was getting the bonus (I did a search and couldn’t find a reference to it anywhere) – though not huge, a small but pleasant surprise.

  3. @ Jeff R — That report was inaccurate and those had been Iberia’s redemption levels all along. If you are are interested in accruing or transferring to Avios otherwise, there is no reason to think that devaluation risk is higher now than at any other point in the past few years.

  4. I received an email from BA this morning telling me that any hotel points transfer would get a 10% bonus in Avios.

  5. 1) I can’t find this promo anywhere on SPGs or BAs site. Is it targeted?
    2a) If I transfer 20k + 5k. Do I get 10% bonus on the 20k, or the 25k?
    2b) if I only get 10% bonus on the 20k, does the 5k bonus kick in after other bonuses? e.g. If I transfer in 19k + 10% = 20,900 — would that activate the +5k bonus?

  6. @ Journey4Happy —

    1) It’s automatic, so there’s no need to register.
    2) You would get a total of 27K — 20K, plus the 5K bonus, plus the 2K (10% bonus).

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