Two transfer promotions have been launched by Iberia Plus for anyone who wants to convert their hotel points to Avios.
You will need an Iberia Plus account in order to take part. If you don’t have one, you can open one for free at iberia.com. Note, though, that you cannot move Avios from an Iberia account to a BA account until the Iberia account has been open for 90 days.
Iberia is offering a 40% bonus when you convert your Marriott Rewards points to Avios. Full details can be found on the Iberia website here.
You need to initiate the conversion by 31st October. The minimum transfer out of Marriott is 10,000 points = 2,000 Avios.
The ratio gets better if you convert a larger amount as you can see on the Marriott website here. At the higher levels, the deal looks pretty good.
70,000 Marriott Rewards points, for example, are worth 25,000 Avios. With the extra 40% bonus, you would receive 35,000 Avios.
I tend to value a Marriott point at 0.5p. If you also value an Avios point at 1p, the 40% bonus means – at the 70,000 point level – you are not losing any value by transferring into Avios. This is a very good result. There are very few occasions when it makes sense to move hotel points into airline miles if you have enough hotel points for a free night.
It seems that Marriott’s ‘Hotel & Air’ packages would also qualify although this is not specifically stated. I doubt that Iberia would be able to tell the difference between a standard miles conversion and a package redemption.
Of more niche interest, Iberia is also offering a 40% bonus on transfers from Melia Rewards into Avios points.
You can find out more details here. I am not an expert on the Melia scheme so I can’t say if this offers good value or not. However, if you have a small quantity of Melia points sitting around without any plans for them, this may be a good opportunity to clear them out. The deadline for this deal is also October 31st.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)