We sometimes see airlines offer a bonus when you convert hotel points into airline miles, and British Airways has just launched the latest such promotion.
Transfer Hotel Points To British Airways With 35% Bonus
Between October 28 and December 2, 2019, British Airways Executive Club is offering a 35% 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 Best Western Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Bonvoy, MeliaRewards, Radisson Rewards, and Shangri-La Golden Circle. This is a promotion that British Airways historically runs once or twice per year, and when they do, the bonus is typically in the range of 25-35%. So a 35% bonus is as good as it gets.
There’s no registration required to take part in this promotion, and historically bonus points 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 35% bonus, for a total of 33,750 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 be worthwhile.
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.
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this 35% bonus on converting hotel points into British Airways Avios?