Since most of the hotel programmes allow you to buy points – and often have special offers – I thought it would be interesting to see if any of the deals were so good that you were effectively buying cheap Avios by buying hotel points.
Test 1: Club Carlson
Club Carlson devalued its conversion rate to airline miles last year and was never going to be a contender here at the standard rate. However, as I wrote yesterday, Club Carlson is currently offering a 75% bonus on selected dates in June.
Amusingly, even with a 75% bonus, this remains a bad deal. 70,000 Club Carlson points will cost you $280 during this promotion. These would convert into 7,000 Avios + 25% = 8,750 Avios. Cost per Avios = 1.88p.
Test 2: Hilton HHonors
Given the pathetic conversion rate of Hilton points to Avios (10:1) this was never going to be a good deal!
10,000 Hilton points costs $100. Transfers into 1,000 Avios + 25% = 1,250 Avios. Cost per Avios = 4.69p
Verdict: Could not be less attractive!
Test 3: Hyatt Gold Passport
10,000 Hyatt points costs $240. Transfers into 4,000 Avios + 25% = 5,000 Avios. Cost per Avios = 2.80p
Verdict: Definitely avoid
Test 4: IHG Rewards Club
30,000 IHG Rewards Club points costs $345. Transfers into 6,000 Avios + 25% = 7,500 Avios. Cost per Avios = 2.70p
There is a loophole which allows you to buy IHG points substantially more cheaply than this at $210 for 30,000. Even at this price, though, the cost per Avios is still too high at 1.64p. This is no cheaper than buying them from BA.
Verdict: Definitely avoid at the full price
Test 5: Marriott Rewards
30,000 Marriott Rewards points costs $375. Transfers into 10,000 Avios + 25% = 12,500 Avios. Cost per Avios = 1.76p
Verdict: Not bad based on the standard price but still more expensive than buying directly from BA.
Test 6: Shangri-La Golden Circle
You cannot buy Golden Circle points, as far as I can tell
None of the six hotel schemes taking part in this promotion sells points cheaply enough to make converting them to Avios – even with a 25% bonus – a sensible proposition.
Hotel offers update – April 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 11th May), IHG Rewards (mystery bonus to 3rd May) and World of Hyatt (25% discount to 30th April).