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A couple of times per year we usually get a promotion whereby British Airways Executive Club will add a bonus on conversions of hotel points to Avios. The final offer for 2020 is now here. Between now and 9 December, 2020, British Airways Executive Club is offering a 30% bonus when converting hotel points to Avios.
Unlike prior promotions, however, only two hotel chains are participating:
- Radisson Rewards (MIN 2,000)
- IHG Rewards Club (MIN 10,000)
You can find details of this promotion on the BA website by clicking here.
It is important to remember that it rarely makes sense to convert hotel points into Avios – especially with these two hotel chains. 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.
Of course, if you have a handful of hotel points that are close to expiring, then by all means opportunities like these are great for extracting some value from them. At the moment, however, both IHG and Radisson are waiving points expiration, so this point is moot… Regardless, it is very easy to keep IHG points alive. You simply must spend a handful of IHG points on a digital download. You should be able to find an e-book or magazine for 250 points or less. This redemption activity extends the life of your IHG points.
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 targeted at those Executive Club members who don’t quite understand the value of their hotel points. But for many InsideFlyer UK readers, this promotion is something you will pay relatively little attention to…