If you’ve got some hotel points that are about to expire, now is the time to transfer them to British Airways Executive Club!
Between 20 June and 5 July 2016 you will receive a 35% bonus for transfers (minimums apply) from the following programmes:
- Club Carlson (MIN 2,000)
- Hilton HHonors (MIN 10,000)
- Hyatt Gold Passport (MIN 5,000)
- IHG Rewards Club (MIN 10,000)
- Marriott Rewards (MIN 10,000)
- Shangri-La Golden Circle (MIN 2,500)
- Starwood Preferred Guest (MIN 2,500)
You can find details of the bonus here.
Despite the bonus, most hotel points are actually best spent on hotel nights. The major hotel chains prefer you to spend those points on staying in a hotel room that almost certainly would be empty – rather than generate a cost to them from buying miles from the airline. Hilton HHonors 10:1 ratio is shockingly bad, and a 35% bonus makes that little better. IHG Rewards Club’s 5:1 ratio is a bit better, but a 35% bonus only improves that to 3.7:1. So, a bonus of 35% isn’t anything to get excited about, but is much better than nothing if you are at risk of having those hotel points expire unused.
There are two major exceptions to the general rule that hotel points are best used for free hotel nights. Starwood Preferred Guest is the first; SPG has a great transfer ratio of 1:1, with a 5,000 mile bonus if you transfer 20,000. So, with this 35% bonus, your 20,000 SPG points would become 33,750 Avios.
The second exception is a “Hotel + Air” package from Marriott Rewards, which I discussed in this post. I suggest you read that post for all of the details but, suffice it to say, if that package is already a good deal, receiving 35% more Avios is an even better deal. Of course few people have that many Marriott Rewards points on hand in order to take advantage…
I’m not surprised to see BA offer such a sizable bonus. Having massacred the Executive Club award chart last year, Avios are now worth much less than before, so BA will have to offer higher and higher bonuses to tempt people to convert hotel points to Avios. But if you have a small amount of hotel points, potentially expiring soon, by all means just transfer them over to your BAEC account and take advantage of this offer!