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In general, it isn't a good idea to transfer hotel points to airlines. The transfer ratio in most cases is weak at best. You'll typically see a much better value keeping the points within the hotel program and redeeming against a night's stay.
However, when transfer bonuses come up, it is time to reevaluate. British Airways has announced a 35% bonus on converting hotel points to Avios. The offer is valid through March 8, 2017, but is it worth it?
British Airways has partnerships with almost every major hotel program in the world. While the transfer ratios vary, you can move points from the following programs to benefit from the 35% bonus:
- Club Carlson – Minimum transfer 2,000 points
- Hilton Honors – Minimum transfer 10,000 points
- World of Hyatt – Minimum transfer 5,000 points
- IHG Rewards Club – Minimum transfer 10,000 points
- Marriott Rewards – Minimum transfer 10,000 points
- Shangri-La Golden Circle– Minimum transfer 2,500 points
- Starwood Preferred Guest – Minimum transfer 2,500 points
Even with the bonus, there does not seem to be much value in converting your hotel points; the only two programs that are worth considering are Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards.
Starpoints to Avios
Starpoints have an excellent conversion ratio of 1:1, with an additional bonus of 5,000 Avios for transfers of 20,000 Starpoints. The means transferring 20,000 Starpoints into Avios will yield 33,750 Avios, which works out to a ratio of 1:1.6875, which is a great value if you're looking to build up your balance with Avios.
Marriott Rewards Earns Avios with Hotel + Air Packages
One of the best ways to redeem Marriot points is through their Hotel + Air packages. While the costs vary depending on the category of your chosen hotel, there is additional value to be had with this promotion.
|7 Nights + 50,000 Miles or Avios||7 Nights + 70,000 Miles or Avios||7 Nights + 100,000 Miles or Avios||7 Nights + 120,000 Miles or Avios|
Booking a Category 6 hotel for 7 nights and 120,000 Avios will set you back 300,000 points. With the bonus included you will end up with 7 nights and 162,000 Avios for 300,000 Marriott Rewards. The Avios gained are enough for 2 first class transatlantic flights with British Airways in First class from New York/JFK to London/LHR. Yes, you'll still have to cover the relatively high taxes/fees of $1,000+/flight, but it is an option of course.
Depending on your future travel plans, and if you want to consolidate some of your hotel points for travel, it could be worth your while to take advantage of this offer. On the other hand, even though 35% is a good bonus it is not worth speculatively transferring your hotel points. If you're not sure how to use your Avios, check out some sweet spots for British Airways Avios.
Source: One Mile at a Time/Ben
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