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Once or twice a year we usually get a promotion whereby British Airways Executive Club will add a bonus on conversions of hotel points to Avios. 2019’s version is now available. Between now and 31 March, 2019, British Airways Executive Club is offering a 30% bonus when converting hotel points to Avios.
These are the hotel programmes that qualify for the bonus and the minimum conversions required:
- Radisson Rewards (MIN 2,000)
- Hilton HHonors (MIN 10,000)
- World of Hyatt (MIN 5,000)
- IHG Rewards Club (MIN 10,000)
- Marriott Bonvoy (MIN 9,000)
- 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.
Taking World of Hyatt as an example. Would you rather have one night at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo (30,000 points) or 15,600 Avios (barely enough for a return flight to Spain – + you’d have to pay £30 in taxes)? Or Hilton… five nights at the Conrad Maldives (380,000 points) or 49,400 Avios that will get you nowhere near the Maldives?
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’s also worth pointing out that the bonus only applies to conversions of existing points. If you change your earning preference from “points” to “miles” for any upcoming hotel stays, you won’t actually earn a bonus on the stay-based miles you’d earn.
This promotion is essentially targetted at those Executive Club members who don’t quite understand the value of their hotel points. But for many InsideFlyer readers, this promotion is something you will pay relatively little attention to, unless you have some expiring hotel points to get rid of…