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Roughly once every nine months or so, British Airways Executive Club runs a promotion offering a 25% bonus when you convert hotel loyalty points into Avios points.

Yesterday, I received an email from Hyatt Gold Passport which included the following:

Hyatt Gold Passport

Turn your Hyatt Gold Passport points into Avios with British Airways. Now when you convert your Hyatt Gold Passport points into Avios, you’ll earn a 25% bonus through July 15, 2013. Simply select “British Airways” when converting your points and the bonus Avios will be applied to your account.

At the moment, there is nothing about this promotion on the British Airways Executive Club website. I therefore cannot be certain that it applies to ALL hotel loyalty programmes and not just Hyatt Gold Passport. However, based on BA’s record over recent years, I fully suspect that it will apply to all schemes.

This is an especially juicy deal for those people who took out the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex card recently with the 20,000 bonus Starwood points! Those would normally convert into 25,000 Avios, but under this promotion you will receive 31,250 Avios! Not bad for a credit card sign-up bonus.

The main hotel schemes that you can convert into (BA) Avios are Marriott Rewards, Hilton HHonors, Club Carlson, Le Club Accorhotels, Priority Club, Hyatt Gold Passport and Starwood Preferred Guest.

Even with a 25% bonus, of course, you are usually better off using your points for free hotel nights if you think you can earn enough. The Hilton conversion rate to Avios is particularly poor, so I would only transfer those as a last resort. The Starwood conversion rate is particularly generous. Similarly, the Club Carlson transfer rate is not too bad at higher quantities (100,000 Carlson = 18,000 Avios, so 22,500 under this deal.)

Let me stress again – apart from Hyatt, there is no 100% guarantee at the moment that this promotion applies to any other hotel programme. Do not make a transfer until British Airways makes an official announcement.

(Remember to follow our ‘Hotel Promos‘ page for the latest offers for all of the major hotel chains.)

Comments (25)

  • Howard says:

    I should add that I called Amex before applying so soon. They said I would get the points but take a screen shot of the promotion as the 6 month rule was missing from the promotion. Helpful guy said he would make a note on computer if I had a problem.

    I asked him about “churning” (well I did not actually use that word). Answer was that if you are a valued customer they have no problem and good on you for playing the system. We put most of our spend through Amex. Have to say as a product I like Amex because my experience is that they do try and assist if you have a problem and they appreciate loyalty.

    • Rob says:

      I agree completely. Amex and MBNA seem to let me get away with whatever I want, but in the context of what they got from me over the years they would be crazy not to indulge me!

  • Ramsey says:

    Has anyone seen if the SPG bonus actually been mentioned anywhere on BA website?

    • Rob says:

      No, nothing yet. Still an outside chance this is just a Hyatt promo, but more likely it will kick off July 1st.

      • Ramsey says:

        Thanks, fingers crossed I have 21000 points in my SPG account which I want to move to my BA account.

  • Let’s hope Carlson is in the game. Have a lot of them to transfer 😉

  • Simon says:

    What are your thoughts on 31.5k Avios vs 25k American Airlines points?

    I was originally tempted to send my SPG points to AA, I’ve got the MBNA card with the 35k points sign-up bonus the SPG card seemed a good way to top-up the AA account.

    I haven’t got a specific redemption in mind but only tend to use Heathrow for long haul flights mainly to the states, I was looking at AA flights coming back from America and the low number and miles needed and taxes looked a lot more attractive than BA Avios .

    • Rob says:

      From US, AA saves you a lot of tax (although East Coast is 50k in Economy, BA is 40k).

      • Shaya says:

        Any update on this? Is it for the Spg points too?

        • Rob says:

          No, oddly, nothing else yet. But I cannot believe it is purely a Hyatt promo.

          • Mark says:

            Fingers crossed – my SPG sign-up bonus plus one referral has just been posted to the Starwood account. 🙂

  • Richard says:

    I haven’t spotted any info about this on either BA’s or Hyatt’s websites, so it looks like the email from Hyatt is the only source we have, unless I’m not looking hard enough (easily done). Ah well, I’ll keep my eyes open…