Convert Hotel Points Into British Airways Avios With A 35% Bonus

Between February 6 and March 8, 2017, British Airways Executive Club is offering a 35% bonus when you convert select hotel points into Avios. The promotion is valid for points transfers from Club Carlson, Hilton Honors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle, and Starwood Preferred Guest.

British-Airways-Bonus

There’s no registration required, and bonus points should post 4-6 weeks after the conversion is initiated. In order to be eligible for the bonus, you have to transfer at least the following number of hotel points:

  • Club Carlson – 2,000 points
  • Hilton Honors – 10,000
  • Hyatt Gold Passport – 5,000
  • IHG Rewards Club – 10,000
  • Marriott Rewards – 10,000
  • Shangri-La Golden Circle– 2,500
  • Starwood Preferred Guest – 2,500

In general you’re going to be losing a lot of value if you choose to convert hotel points into airline miles, so it’s not something I’d consider doing with Club Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG Rewards Club, etc. You’re much better off redeeming those points for hotel stays.

However, there are two programs with which this could represent a good deal:

Convert Starpoints into British Airways Avios

Starpoints convert into Avios at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 points transferred you get 5,000 bonus miles. So if you transferred 20,000 Starpoints you’d usually get 25,000 Avios, though through this promotion you’d receive a total of 33,750 Avios.

So that’s potentially like earning 1.6875 Avios per Starpoint, which is pretty good.

Earn Avios miles with Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages

Another good option is Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages, of which British Airways Executive Club is a partner.

Aeroplan-Points

Through Hotel + Air packages you receive a set number of free nights plus a set number of miles as part of the package. These packages are in my opinion the best use of Marriott Rewards points to begin with, so the value only gets better when you add in a potential conversion bonus.

To put this into perspective, seven nights at a Category 1-5 property plus 120,000 Avios will run you 270,000 Marriott Rewards points.

If you did that, you’d receive a total of 162,000 Avios (including the 35% bonus through this promotion), plus seven nights at a Category 1-5 property.

Bottom line

Even with the 35% bonus, personally this isn’t now I’d choose to spend my Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest points. However, I’m sure others will find much more value in this promotion than I do.

Do you plan on converting hotel points into Avios with a 35% bonus?

(Tip of the hat to Frequent Flyer Bonuses)

Comments

  1. What is the conversion on Marriott points without nights and flights? Does it make sense to transfer spg to Marriott to Avios?

  2. Since I use my Avios mostly for short-haul flights in Y (10k or less each way), I find it hard to burn Avios very quickly. As a result, I still have lots of Avios available and probably won’t take advantage of this promotion.

  3. @Coldagglutanin, No, you’d be much better off converting SPG points directly (the exception is the Hotel+Air package).

  4. If it were 1:1 on Hilton it would be worthwhile, but it’s 10 to 1, meaning that 50,000 HH point is a lousy 5,000 Avios.

  5. I know 2,000 Gold Points into 200 Avios isn’t much; but after taking two bigs hits in the past 2 years, Club Carlson points are worth nothing. At least Avios have some value.

  6. could i covert 25,000 spg points to marriott yielding 75,000 marriott (according to another post) and then convert to avios essentially geeting 101250 avios?

  7. @ Dave — Unfortunately Marriott points don’t convert into Avios at a 1:1 ratio, so you wouldn’t yield nearly that many points.

  8. I have over 100,000 Avios and am struggling to find a way to use them. I’ve searched for AA flights to use them on, but reward flight availability is really poor. It’s too bad BA won’t let you convert Avios (the other way around) to hotel points. Heck, I’d be happy if there was a way to use Avios to get free magazines.

  9. I have just over 7,000 Hyatt points but have never really played the hotels points game, so this is probably a good way for me to get use of those points as I usually post to BA

  10. @luke Vader
    Thank you Luke. I’ve been thinking about leaving Aadvantage pool and going with BA. Just redeemed 115k AA on BA with $800 “fuel surcharge” (no AA metal available) and now find out that BA has $108 fee to make J seat choice prior to 24 hours day of departure. While AUS-LHR is really convenient I’ll be staying with AA even for my cash purchase tickets across the pond. I detest the ancillary nickel and dime, even when it is slightly more convenient. That’s why I’m still using WN for AUS-LAX/SAN.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *