British Airways is offering a 25% conversion bonus for transfers from hotel programs to BA’s Avios. This offer is valid from transfer made from 20th of April to June 20th, 2012. You can stack this offer with possible transfer bonuses from hotel programs i.e. 20K SPG transferred to BA would become 25K BA + additional 25% conversion bonus from BA.
Please note that you need to be logged in to your Executive Club account in order to see the offer details.
This transfer bonus applies for conversions from Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental Hotels Group, Carlson, Starwood, Shangri-La, Hyatt, and Accor programs.
British Airways revamped their program last year. Long haul redemptions became rather expensive using Avios, and you have to bear in mind that BA collects “fake” fuel surcharges on most of its awards. Expect to pay in excess of $1K in YQ’s for C/F redemptions between Europe and the United States or vice versa. B
A’s program does have some bright spots as well. Short haul redemptions in economy are quite good value especially between expensive markets.
Here’s how transferring Starpoints from SPG’s program would work:
20K SPG + 5K SPG transfer bonus = 25K Avios
25K Avios + 25% transfer bonus from BA = 31.25K Avios
Here are the Terms and conditions of this BA offer:
Offer available to British Airways Executive Club Members only. Offer valid for hotel points to Avios points conversions made from 20th April 2012 to 20th June 2012 inclusive.
In order to convert your points, please contact the Organisation whose points you wish to convert to Avios. Your converted Avios will be credited to your Executive Club account 4-6 weeks from the date of conversion. Once they have been credited, you can start redeeming them for flights, hotels and car hire.
All Avios are subject to the Executive Club Terms and Conditions and all passengers and baggage are carried subject to the general terms and conditions of carriage.
Transfer to Avios is non-reversible.
Hotel loyalty scheme membership, and earning and redemption of points are subject to the Terms and Conditions of each specific hotel’s loyalty scheme in addition to British Airways Terms and Conditions, as applicable.
Reward flights are subject to availability and capacity control and availability may be limited at peak times.
Taxes, fees and charges remain payable by the Executive Club Member.