Between March 1 and March 31, 2019, British Airways Executive Club is offering a 30% bonus when you convert select hotel points into Avios.
The date range is based on when you initiate the points transfer, and not when the points have to be in your British Airways account (since these transfers often aren’t instant).
The promotion is valid for points transfers from Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Bonvoy, Radisson Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle, and World of Hyatt. This is a promotion that British Airways historically runs once per year, and when it’s available they typically offer a 25-35% bonus (for example, last year they offered a 35% bonus).
There’s no registration required to take part in this promotion, and historically bonus points for such promotions post 4-6 weeks after the conversion is initiated (though with this promotion it’s not explicitly stated).
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 Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Radisson, or Shangri-La. You’re much better off redeeming those points for hotel stays.
I’d say the one circumstance under which this potentially represents a good deal is with Marriott Bonvoy. You can convert Marriott Bonvoy points into airline miles at a 3:1 ratio, and you get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred.
In other words, 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points would ordinarily convert into 25,000 Avios, and then during this promotion you’d get a further 30% bonus, for a total of 32,500 Avios. That means you’re earning more than one Avios for every two Marriott Bonvoy points, which many would no doubt consider to be a good deal.
If you’re in a bind for British Airways Avios this could represent a good deal. In general I’d say the one circumstance under which it’s potentially a good deal is with Marriott Bonvoy, since converting those points into airline miles can represent a good value.
Personally I won’t be taking advantage of this deal simply because Avios are fairly easy to come by, thanks to their co-brand credit card, and also thanks to their participating in Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Personally I’d rather earn Avios in one of several other ways:
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this 30% bonus on converting hotel points into British Airways Avios?