HSBC has launched a new 25% bonus on conversions of HSBC Premier credit card points to Avios.
Surprisingly, this bonus is not a secret for once – at least for some! Readers are reporting a message when you log in to your HSBC Premier rewards account promoting the offer. I don’t see it though ….
We even have terms and conditions for once, including a closing date.
What are the rules for the HSBC Premier Avios bonus?
It’s a simple one.
The offer runs from 3rd July to 3rd August 2023.
You will receive a 25% bonus on all transfers from HSBC Premier credit cards to Avios.
Your base Avios will arrive instantly, as with all other HSBC airline and hotel transfers. In theory the bonus Avios take 14 days to arrive, but in reality they are turning up instantly or very quickly.
I did a dummy transfer last night and got my 25% bonus immediately:
Are the HSBC Premier credit cards a good way of earning Avios?
The two HSBC Premier credit cards are very generous. The snag is that you need to have a HSBC Premier current account to get them. Whilst Premier is free, the income and/or savings requirements are high as you can see here.
The free HSBC Premier Mastercard, reviewed here, earns 1 HSBC point per £1 spent (2 HSBC points per £1 spent abroad) and these convert at 2:1 into airline or hotel points. This means that you are getting 0.5 airline miles or hotel points per £1 spent in the UK. Don’t get confused by the HSBC earning rate and the equivalent airline miles and hotel points earning rate.
The £195 per year HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard, reviewed here, earns 2 HSBC points per £1 spent in the UK (1 airline mile or hotel point per £1) and double this when abroad.
You can transfer your HSBC Premier points into the following airline schemes:
- Asia Miles
- British Airways Executive Club
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Guest
- EVA Air MileageLands
- Finnair Plus
- Flying Blue (Air France KLM)
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- TAP Miles&Go
There are two hotel partners:
- IHG One Rewards (which has reappeared)
- Wyndham Rewards
All conversion rates are 2:1 from HSBC points. This means that the IHG and Wyndham transfer rates are terrible value. A hotel point is generally worth about 2/3rd less than an airline mile, but HSBC requires 2 HSBC points irrespective of which partner you choose.
The World Elite £195 credit card also comes with airport lounge access via LoungeKey. The World Elite card is less good for families who want lounge access than American Express Platinum as your HSBC card only gets the main cardholder into an airport lounge.
You can pay £60 to give your partner a supplementary card for a year to get them in, but there is no way to get children into airport lounges for free. American Express Platinum, on the other hand, gets a family of four into a lounge.
You also get comprehensive travel insurance as part of the HSBC Premier current account, which makes this an interesting alternative to The Platinum Card from American Express for couples or solo travellers.
HSBC Premier’s semi-regular annual Avios conversion bonus is on! If you had been waiting for this before you transferred any points, now is the time.
Remember that there is a ‘hard’ 3-year expiry on HSBC credit card points. If you have any coming up for expiry, this is one way of using them up.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.