What the heck is going on with Avios and the semi-secret 25% bonuses on hotel points transfers?!
You may remember, on June 22nd, I wrote this post. I had been emailed by Hyatt and offered a 25% bonus if I transferred my Gold Passport points to Avios by 15th July. Weirdly, this promo was not on the BA or Hyatt websites even though it appeared open to all.
I wrote that I expected this to be the start of the semi-regular ‘25% bonus on all hotel transfers’ promotion which British Airways runs. But silence followed ….!
Then, yesterday, a few people reported receiving the following email from Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza chain:
Convert your Gold Points® to Avios before 31st July 2013 and earn 25% bonus Avios with British Airways Executive Club (e.g. exchange 8,000 Gold Points and receive 1,000 Avios + 250 bonus Avios).
Then, use your Avios to fly to your dream destination sooner than you thought.
Click on the link below and select ‘Airline Miles’ to convert your points.
Now, what have the Club Carlson people been smoking?!
8,000 Club Carlson points no longer gets you 1,000 Avios! Since Carlson secretly devalued its airline transfer deal a few weeks ago, 8,000 Carlson points only gets you 800 Avios points!
However, let’s forget all this for a minute and concentrate on the positive news!
When you click on ‘Terms and Conditions’, you see this:
This promotion is only open to Eligible Participants. An Eligible Participant is a person aged 18 or over and is a British Airways Executive Club (“BAEC”) Member (membership terms and conditions apply) and is enrolled and registered with one of the participating hotel partner loyalty programmes.
Eligible Participants will receive 25% more BAEC Avios (“Bonus Avios”) when they convert Qualifying Hotel Loyalty Points into Avios during the Qualifying Period.
“Qualifying Period” is between 1 July and 31 July 2013.
What this means to me is that this offer IS part of a wider promotion, involving multiple hotel chains. What I don’t understand is:
Why we have only seen two versions of it so far (from Hyatt and Carlson)?
Why the offer – despite not being targetted – is only being emailed to certain people?
Why the Hyatt version had a 15th July closing date? Was this a typo?
All very odd. If you receive any similar emails from other hotel schemes, please do forward them to me at raffles [at] headforpoints.co.uk