This is a very interesting offer which has crept out very quietly under the radar. I haven’t seen any other coverage of it so far.
In 2011, Marriott acquired a Spanish hotel operator called AC Hotels. It has since been working hard to build the company by integrating it into Marriott Rewards.
As the dominant airline in the region, Iberia is proving to be Marriott’s partner of choice for promoting the brand. Two new offers have just been launched specifically for Iberia Plus members.
The first is forgettable. You get 100 Avios for a stay at an AC Hotels property, and 300 Avios if it is for 2 nights or more. Details here.
The second is more interesting. Until 31th (that’s how Iberia writes it!) December, you will receive a 30% bonus when you transfer your Marriott Rewards points into Iberia Plus Avios points. Details here.
(Note – the transfer must NOT be to BA, it must be to Iberia Plus. However, once you have opened an Iberia Plus account, you can transfer your Avios across to British Airways. The only snag is that you must wait for the account to be 90 days old before you can do your first transfer out.)
British Airways runs an annual ’25% bonus when you convert your hotel points to Avios’ promotion, so this offer is not massively better than that. However, it is a little better, and in any event it will be at least 6 months before the BA offer comes round again.