Convert Hotel Points Into Avios With 30% Bonus

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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.

Bottom line

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:

Earn Avios

See this post for more on great ways to redeem Avios without big surcharges.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this 30% bonus on converting hotel points into British Airways Avios?

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Comments

  1. So frustrating. I have over 500K avios and am in desperate need of marriott points for a stay in Venice. No way to go the other way round…

  2. In addition to the crappy transfer rate even with the additional 30%, transfer time is NOT instantaneous. Based on several experiences over multiple programs, it takes at least 8 weeks to transfer hotel points to airline miles. So, even if you are in a bind, this won’t help you unless BA is willing to hold that seat for 8 weeks. As we all know, award seats evaporate very quickly!

  3. I’m converting all my partner’s Marriott points. We are based in the UK so will have plenty of opportunity to spend avios. He got them when he was Gold. Then his status was worth having. Not anymore. They’ve just sat there since August falling in value with each devaluation.

    I’m going to transfer a fair few of mine as well. At the rate Marriott’s been devaluing the program by this time next year they’ll probably bring in we now owe them! After the second stay of course….

  4. hey sam if you give me some of your adios points i can book you marriot stay how many points you need i have 100k

  5. Guys, please note example is inaccurate. proportion is 3 to 1. 60000 to *******20000*******

    60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points into 20,000 Avios – quote code 790

    Plus 30% + 6000 = 26000

  6. Guys, please note that Antonio is inaccurate and doesn’t pay attention to provided, correct, example.

    60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points is 20,000 at a 3:1 ratio PLUS the bonus 5000.
    20,000+5000= 25,000
    then plus 30%
    = 32,500

    Would probably leave the points game alone until the 1+1=2 game is mastered.

  7. @Antonio
    Marriott gives 5,000 bonus miles when you convert 60,000 points into air miles. So you are wrong.

  8. Just so I’m sure, but think I’ve done done my sums correctly, it’s still much better to transfer from AmEx Membership Rewards directly to Avios at the rate of 1:1, rather than from Rewards to Bonvoy to Avios with 30% offer:

    60,000 Rewards = 60,000 Avios;
    60,000 Rewards = 90,000 Bonvoy = 45,500 Avios (30k base + 5k transfer bonus + 10,500k 30% uplift).

    Do people agree, or am I missing something? I know AmEx sometimes do bonus on transfers to Avios, too. Anyone know if one of those coming down the line?

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