25% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios is back!

It’s back, on the fairly regular ‘every nine months’ timetable. I’m talking about the ‘25% bonus when you transfer your hotel points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion!

Full details can be found on ba.com here.

When you transfer hotel loyalty points to British Airways, you get a 25% bonus.  This time, even Starwood Preferred Guest is participating – albeit at a reduced 10% rate.

Avios hotel bonus

There are a few simple rules you must follow:

Rule 1: You must convert your hotel points to Avios (at ba.com, not avios.com) before 31st May (30th June for Shangri-La).  31st May is the date by which the points must leave your hotel account, not arrive at ba.com

Rule 2: Only transfers from the following hotel programmes count:

  • Club Carlson
  • Hilton HHonors
  • Hyatt Gold Passport
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Marriott Rewards
  • Shangri-La Golden Circle
  • Starwood Preferred Guest (10% bonus)

Le Club Accorhotels is NOT included but that is normally the case.

Rule 3: There are minimum transfer requirements in theory, but these are the same as the lowest possible transfer out of that programme. Nothing has changed compared to the normal transfer rules.

Rule 4: Only lump sum transfers of existing points get the bonus. Points earned directly from stays (ie 500 Avios for a stay at a Hilton property) do not attract the bonus as they would fall under the minimum transfer threshold.

Rule 5: You can make multiple transfers from multiple programmes and, based on past experience, all will attract the bonus.

So, is this a good deal or not?

In general, a 25 per cent bonus is not enough – for any promotion – to make a bad deal a great deal. 50 per cent, yes. 25 per cent is rarely a game changer.

In general, hotel points are best redeemed for hotel stays. Let’s look at the points needed for a high category (but not highest category) redemption which would get you a room costing roughly £250 a night. The Avios conversion does not include the 25 per cent bonus.

Club Carlson – 50,000 points = 5,000 Avios

Hilton HHonors – 80,000 points = 8,000 Avios

Hyatt Gold Passport – 25,000 points = 10,000 Avios

IHG Rewards Club – 50,000 points = 10,000 Avios

Marriott Rewards – 45,000 points = 12,000 Avios

Shangri-La Golden Circle – 9,500 points = 9,500 Avios

Starwood Preferred Guest – 25,000 points = 30,000 Avios

With the obvious exception of Starwood, you are clearly better leaving large stashes of hotel points where they are. Even with Marriott, I would not give away a potential £250 hotel room for 12,000 Avios (15,000 Avios with the bonus).

However, for a small amount, it is a different game. A couple of years ago I tidied up some of my small hotel balances by converting a lot to Avios, often topping up first from American Express Membership Rewards, and didn’t regret it. If you will never earn enough for a free room, you might as well convert and a 25 per cent bonus is a good excuse.

The other thing to remember is that the hotel chains convert to many airline programmes. You may get a 25 per cent bonus via Avios, but perhaps topping off another account may be more useful?  If you had a huge volume of hotel points, you may be able to get enough points from scratch in, say, the American Airlines programme for a tax-free UK to US redemption.  Avios are not always the answer.

Here is my final thought:

You can transfer IHG Rewards Club points to someone else for $5 per 1000, Hilton points for $25 per 10,000 and SPG and Carlson points for free if you share an address. Hyatt points can be pooled as long as both parties have had some account activity in the last 12 months.

Perhaps a transfer to a friend who can use a larger total for a hotel room is a better deal than Avios, even with the bonus.

Full details of this offer can be found on ba.com here.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to see our latest articles on earning and spending your points and click here to see our list of current Avios promotions.)

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Comments

  1. oyster says:

    The price of £250 for a top-ish end hotel is based on having to travel. For leisure most people choose to travel and pick hotels at certain price points, and if for some reason they do have to travel then they tend to stick to the same price points and downgrade the standard of hotel.
    So for me, I value hotel points around 40%-50% less than Raffles. This makes the bonus offer to Avios more enticing.

  2. Since I’ll be getting rid of my Amex Plat for 6 months… I have about 90k MR points that needs to be turned into BA Avios… Would my best bet be to converting them to SPG and then onwards to BA Avios for the additional 10%?

  3. mark2 says:

    It looks to me as if by transferring MR points to Avios via a hotel scheme I gain 25%.
    Am I deluding myself?

  4. Re. The Hhonors Card where you get a free night having spent £750. I stupidly got the card, but missed the spending target due to not realising foreign cash transfers did not count. I will now cancel card, but any idea how long before I can apply again and go for the free night spend?

  5. Stephen says:

    Any idea from previous times this has run if a transfer from IHG that was initiated a week ago but has not yet arrived with BA will attract the bonus? Thanks for any insights!

    • Yes it does usually. Does not the small print say it must only be initiated by 30th?

      • Stephen says:

        Sadly not! Posted today with no bonus, from a request initiated last week. The small print does say the transfer had to be initiated 1–31 May so it’s fair, just unfortunate!

  6. I would go for this for IHG>BA but what concerns me is that it is a manual not online process and IHG say I should expect them to take 4 to 6 weeks. This would mean that the points would not hit the BA account in time. IHG members knows about how shambolic they can be and how unable they are to deal with problems they cause.

    “When would it be delivered?
    Please allow 4-6 week(s) for the receipt of your reward. “

  7. Thanks …. I’ve just been told by “the boss” to leave them where they are for IC Park Lane.

  8. The_Real_A says:

    Its a shame we cannot convert in the reverse direction at those rates!!

  9. How likely is it that SPG will show up again in a promo like this? I have 20k points I am thinking of transferring.

    • BA has run this offer every 9-10 months for about 5 years so you will be waiting 9-10 months to find out! If you don’t need the Avios immediately then 10% extra would not be enough to convince me to take them out of SPG.