Should You Convert Hotel Points Into Avios With A 35% Bonus?

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Between September 22 and October 31, 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, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle, and World of Hyatt. Unlike similar past promotions, Starwood Preferred Guest isn’t included this time around.

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
  • IHG Rewards Club – 10,000
  • Marriott Rewards – 10,000
  • Shangri-La Golden Circle– 2,500
  • World of Hyatt – 5,000

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, or Shangri-La. You’re much better off redeeming those points for hotel stays.

If you’re looking to maximize value, the only time this makes sense is if you’re wanting to book a Marriott Hotel + Air Packages, of which British Airways Executive Club is a partner.

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.

Since Starpoints transfers aren’t directly eligible for this promotion, keep in mind that you can convert Starpoints into Marriott points at a 1:3 ratio, and then convert them into Avios. Using the above method, you’d be paying 90,000 Starpoints to get 162,000 Avios plus seven nights at a Category 1-5 property. Even without factoring in the hotel nights, that’s like getting 1.8 Avios per Starpoint, which is a potentially great deal.

This won’t be for everyone, but if you really value Avios (see this post for some of the best uses of Avios), then a Marriott Hotel + Air package could represent a good deal.


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Personally I’d rather earn Avios in one of several other ways:

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this British Airways transfer bonus?

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Comments

  1. Wouldn’t it make sense to utilize this promotion with UR to Marriott to BA if you were going to book on BA anyway? That way you’d get the extra miles for free (10,000 UR to 10,000 Marriott to 13,500 Avios).

  2. @Ian

    Test it out and report back! Go ahead and transfer all your UR to marriott and then transfer the marriott to Avios!

  3. Also if you’re IHG Amb member with the 10% rebate or the IHG credit card holder, you will get the 2,700 avios for only 9,000 IHG:-)

    *confirmed with last transfer promo

  4. @Ian
    Nope, According to BA website:
    10,000 Rewards Points into 2,000 Avios – quote code 788
    20,000 Rewards Points into 5,000 Avios – quote code 789
    30,000 Rewards Points into 10,000 Avios – quote code 790
    70,000 Rewards Points into 25,000 Avios – quote code 565
    140,000 Rewards Points into 50,000 Avios – quote code 566

    It is not 1:1 conversion.

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