My other post today is about a 25% bonus for transferring hotel points from seven major hotel schemes into British Airways Avios. Le Club Accorhotels is not included in this promotion.
However, last night Iberia sent out an email which said this:
Now, the exact wording here is key.
When you click on ‘More Information’, it takes you to this web page on the Accor site.
The Accor site implies that Accor points earned from ONE hotel stay up to October 15th (booked before 30th September) will earn double Avios. Note that the rules stress that you only earn double Avios once.
However, the Iberia email implies that LUMP SUM transfers from Accor will be doubled (‘If you have LeClub points ….’) – allowing you to earn double Avios on your entire Accor balance.
Which is correct?!
My gut feeling is that this only applies to hotel stays, NOT lump sum transfers. Note the references in the rules to ‘only applies to one stay’ and ‘book by 30th September’. I doubt that lump sum transfers will be doubled. On the other hand, if you were planning to transfer points out of Accor anyway, you have nothing to lose by doing it now and seeing if you get a bonus.
As a reminder, the transfer rate from Accor to Iberia Avios is usually 1:1 – so this promotion would get you 1:2. For weird reasons, the transfer to BA Avios is worse at 2:1, and there is no bonus there either.
Remember that you can transfer Avios from Iberia to British Airways or avios.com via Combine My Avios. However, your Iberia account must be 90 days old before you can transfer out of it, so if you open one just for this promotion, you won’t be able to move your Avios across to BA until December.
(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)