LAST CALL: Get a 30% bonus on hotel transfers to Avios

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Here is your final reminder that Sunday 31st March is your last chance to take part in the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion.

The ba.com page for the offer can be found here.

When you transfer hotel loyalty points to British Airways, you get a 30% bonus.  Historically this bonus moves around between 25% and 35%, but as it usually only runs once per year it isn’t necessarily worth holding out for anything better.

35 per cent bonus transferring hotel loyalty points to Avios

There are a few simple rules you must follow:

Rule 1: You must convert your hotel points to British Airways Executive Club Avios by Sunday.  31st March is the date by which the points must leave your hotel account, not arrive at ba.com

Rule 2: Only transfers from the following hotel programmes count:

  • Hilton Honors
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • Radisson Rewards
  • Shangri-La Golden Circle
  • World of Hyatt

Le Club AccorHotels and MeliaRewards are NOT included.

Rule 3: There are minimum transfer requirements in theory, but these are the same as the lowest possible transfer out of that programme.  Nothing has changed compared to the normal transfer rules.

Rule 4: Only lump sum transfers of existing points get the bonus. Points earned directly from stays – if you choose to take Avios instead of hotel points – do not attract the bonus as they would fall under the minimum transfer threshold.

Rule 5: You can make multiple transfers from multiple programmes and, based on past experience, all will attract the bonus.

Reader experience in recent weeks confirms that the 30% bonus also applies to the 5,000 bonus Avios you’d get for converting 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.  This would mean 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 20,000 Avios + 5,000 bonus Avios + 30% = 32,500 Avios.

So, is this a good deal or not?

In general, hotel points are best redeemed for hotel stays. Let’s look at the points needed for a high category room redemption, which I am assuming is worth £250 a night.  The Avios conversion does not include the 30 per cent bonus.

Hilton Honors – 80,000 to 90,000 points = 8,000 to 9,000 Avios or a £250 room

IHG Rewards Club – 60,000 to 70,000 points = 12,000 to 14,000 Avios or a £250 room

Marriott Bonvoy – 60,000 to 85,000 points = 25,000 to 33,000 Avios or a £250 room

Radisson Rewards – 70,000 points = 7,000 Avios or a £250 room

Shangri-La Golden Circle – 9,500 points (Shard, Paris, Maldives cost double) = 9,500 Avios or a £250 room

World of Hyatt – 25,000 to 30,000 points = 10,000 Avios to 12,500 Avios or a £250 room

Looking at these numbers, with one exception you are probably better leaving large stashes of hotel points where they are.

The only exception is Marriott Bonvoy.  Now that Marriott has introduced Category 8, and its most expensive hotels have jumped to 85,000 points (=33,000+ Avios), you might think twice about taking a free night over 33,000+ miles.  However, it is worth noting that some of the Category 8 hotels can be extremely expensive for cash (£500+ per night) and rank among some of the best hotels and resorts in the world.  I would still take a free night over the miles.

Radisson Rewards is the most extreme case where you probably should take the free room.  I’d far rather have a £250 five-star hotel night for 70,000 points than take (7,000 + 30%) 9,100 Avios.

For a small amount of points it is a different decision

A couple of years ago I tidied up some of my small hotel balances by converting to Avios, often topping up first from American Express Membership Rewards, and didn’t regret it. If you will never earn enough for a free room, you might as well convert them and a 30 per cent bonus is a good excuse.

The other thing to remember is that the hotel chains convert to many airline programmes, often over 20You may get a 30 per cent bonus via Avios, but perhaps topping off another account may be more useful?  If you had a very large pile of hotel points, you may be able to get enough points from scratch in, say, Etihad Guest to get yourself a trip in the Etihad First Class ApartmentAvios is not always the answer.

Here is my final thought – why not transfer a small balance to another person?

You can transfer IHG Rewards Club points to someone else for $5 per 1000, Hilton points for FREE with the new pooling feature, Marriott Bonvoy points for FREE up to 100,000 per year and Radisson Rewards points for FREE if you share an address.  Hyatt points can be pooled if you ring and redeem them immediately (both accounts must have had a stay in the last 12 months). 

Perhaps a transfer to a friend who can use a larger total for a hotel room is a better deal than taking a handful of Avios for yourself, even with the 30% bonus?

This offer only runs until 31st March so you need to decide soon.

You can find full details of the offer on ba.com here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Anthony says:

    The BA page about the offer (Marriott) says “quote code 790” when transferring 60,000 points, but no where in the transfer process does it ask for a code?

    • I agree, just converted spoke to Marriott CSA, who did not have a clue, said take it up with BA Avios

    • The last one I did was without a code and the bonus appeared without needing to chase it.

    • It’s automatic, that is a code you can give telephone operators to find the BA transfer code if you don’t do it online.

  2. Marriott points left Amex yesterday, hopefully they will appear tomorrow.

  3. The BA site gives an 087 number to ring for IHG. On doing so, they tell it should be an 037 number. Takes “4 – 6 weeks” to transfer the points, they say !

  4. Just thinking about doing a 60k Bonvoy switch, which would get me 32.5k Avios, that’s just under 2 Amex plat referrals for free, so as you say, keep the points for a free night. A random hotel, say W in Amsterdam for a night in September is 60k or €419, so guessing much more valuable

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