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… except for Starwood Preferred Guest! Between now and 31 March, 2018, British Airways Executive Club is offering a 35% bonus when converting hotel points to Avios. These are the hotel programmes that qualify and the minimum conversions required:
- Club Carlson (MIN 2,000)
- Hilton HHonors (MIN 10,000)
- World of Hyatt (MIN 5,000)
- IHG Rewards Club (MIN 10,000)
- Marriott Rewards (MIN 10,000)
- Shangri-La Golden Circle (MIN 2,500)
You can find details of this promotion on the BA website by clicking here.
It is important to remember that, most of the time, it doesn’t make sense to convert hotel points into Avios. The major hotel chains prefer you to spend those points on a hotel room night that almost certainly would be empty – rather than generate a cost to them from buying miles from the airline. (revisit this post about the economics of IHG Rewards Club)
Hilton Honors 10:1 ratio is shockingly bad, and a 35% bonus makes that little better. IHG Rewards Club’s 5:1 ratio is a bit better, but a 35% bonus only improves that to 3.7:1. So, a bonus of 35% isn’t anything to get excited about.
Of course, if you have a handful of hotel points that are close to expiring, then by all means take this opportunity to convert them to Avios.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Starwood Preferred Guest is excluded, since that is the only mileage conversion that sometimes makes sense – even though Joe and I frequently bang on about the merits of Alaska miles
However, a Marriott Rewards Hotel + Air Travel Packages is a redemption that can also make sense. I wrote about it last year so I suggest you read up on it here. But instead of receiving 120,000 Avios with the best-value Travel Package, you would receive 162,000 Avios, thanks to the bonus. (you might still be better off with Alaska miles but I know some people are wedded to their 2-for-1 vouchers…)
So, if you have some expiring hotel points, you might want to convert them into Avios this month and receive the 35% bonus…