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.
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.
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.
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)