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For the month of March, British Airways has launched a promo with a 35% transfer bonus when converting hotel points to Avios. It rarely makes sense to transfer hotel points to Avios, and while this is no exception, there is one option to seriously consider if you’re looking to build up a balance of Avios.
- Promo valid between March 1, and March 31, 2018
- Allow 4-6 weeks for your bonus points to post
- Transfer ratios and minimum points transfer differ for each hotel program
The promo applies to the following hotel programs:
- Carlson Rezidor Hotels (Radisson Rewards)
- Hilton Honors
- Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
- Intercontinental Hotel Group
- Marriott International
- Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
Although the list of hotels is extensive, there is one notable program that is missing: SPG. This is not a huge problem since you can transfer your SPG points to Marriott at a ratio of 1:3, and then take advantage of the promotion.
Maximizing The Promo
The promo does not exclude Marriott’s Hotel + Air packages, which is the path you want to take to maximize the promotion. Remember you can transfer SPG points to Marriott at a ratio of 1:3 (1,000 SPG = 3,000 Marriott).
Normally 270,000 Marriott points (equivalent to 90,000 SPG points) would give you 7 nights in a category 1-5 property and 120,000 Avios. With the promo, you would receive the same 7 nights and an additional 42,000 Avios for a total of 162,000.
|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|
If you’ve got an Iberia Avios account and are eligible to transfer between BA and Iberia, you can further take advantage of this bonus by using Iberia’s current 25% off award sale, which has some transatlantic fares priced as low as 25,500 Iberia Avios one-way in Business. Going through the Marriott Hotel + Air, and then moving your Avios to Iberia would give you enough Avios for 3 round-trip fares in Business between select US destinations and Madrid!
Timing is everything, and if you are looking to fly to Europe with Iberia, the combination of these promos is spectacular!
Even if you are not looking at that route, the fact that the promo does not exclude Marriott’s Hotel + Air packages means you can leverage some good value out of your Avios, especially if you are looking at some of the sweet spots for redeeming Avios.
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