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Old Nov 3, 10, 9:12 am   #1
 
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25% extra points when transferring from hotel partner [~350 for 31,250 BA Miles]

I haven't seen this posted anywhere else, so apologies if this is discussed elsewhere.

"Your hotel points are now worth 25% extra BA miles"

Hilton, SPG, Radisson, Hyatt, Marriott, Accor and ICG are participating.

SPG is also doing a 20% discount on buying points and has a usual 5K bonus when transferring 20K, so you may well find you're able to get 30K BA miles for $560. This looks a lot better value than 24K miles for 399 on BA.com

Not a bad way to acquire quite a lot of points, although I worry if this is going to further inflate the amount of miles sloshing around the system and hence decrease award availability...

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Old Nov 3, 10, 11:07 am   #2
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Very good spot about SPG

Details here:

https://www.britishairways.com/trave...club/_gf/en_gb

$560 is currently 348. 20k SPG = 25k BA = 31,250 BA Miles with the extra 25%. That is just 1.1p per mile and is certainly attractive. If you factor in an extra 696 miles for doing the purchase on the Amex Gold, you are down to 1.09p.

If the $ goes into a dive over the next few weeks after the Fed starts QE again, you may even get close to 1p.

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Old Nov 3, 10, 12:03 pm   #3
 
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SPG is also doing a 25% discount on buying points and has a usual 5K bonus when transferring 20K, so you may well find you're able to get 30K BA miles for $560. This looks a lot better value than 24K miles for 399 on BA.com.
If my math is correct you should even get:

(20.000 + 5.000) = 25.000 + 25% = 31.250
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Old Nov 3, 10, 12:11 pm   #4
 
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Exceelent news - thanks for posting!
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Old Nov 3, 10, 12:41 pm   #5
 
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If my math is correct you should even get:

(20.000 + 5.000) = 25.000 + 25% = 31.250
Wow, thats impressive. Is this the cheapest BA miles have even been available for purchase? I have seen reference to a marriot-tesco route that was before my time... how did that compare?
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Old Nov 3, 10, 12:41 pm   #6
 
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Question SPG --> BA

Thanks for posting this OP - I too just read the email from BA regarding the 25% bonus.
Boy, is BA in a giving mood!! - this in addition to the 20% discount on redemption on BA for Chase BA cardholders in the US.

One more question to see if I can extract further value from this:

I've got an SPG award stay coming up -40k for 5nights....(5th nite free).

I've been thinking of changing the above SPG redemption to the 70K SPG --> (5nights + 50K miles on an airline).

So the question is, in the past, have such 50K transfers also received the 25% bonus at BA?

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Old Nov 3, 10, 1:56 pm   #7
 
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This is undoubtedly a good deal from BA, iced by the normal SPG 20K transfer bonus and cherried-on-top by the contemporaneous Starpoint purchase discount.

However, there's a breeze across the candle: the Starpoint purchase discount is 20%, not 25%.....

Buy Starpoints
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Old Nov 3, 10, 2:28 pm   #8
 
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Looks like a good possibility for me to get 38K more miles for partner to SIN award.........
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Old Nov 3, 10, 2:39 pm   #9
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However, there's a breeze across the candle: the Starpoint purchase discount is 20%, not 25%.....
True, but the number I used in my calculation above ($560) is correct.

pazza - this is the old Marriott / Tesco / BA promo from 2007 Exchanging Marriott Points for Tesco CC and BA Miles with the maths in post 2. It was 0.8p per mile, although mine were 0.4p because I kept my vouchers for 3 years until this years double-up.

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Old Nov 3, 10, 2:57 pm   #10
 
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Assuming I transfer 20k from SPG to BA, does the bonus from BA get applied before or after the SPG Bonus?

This seems like too good of a deal to pass up.

Edit: Yea, based on above, thats how it seems to be.

So 40k Starpoints translates into 62,500 BA Miles.

Super sweet

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Old Nov 3, 10, 4:08 pm   #11
 
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does the bonus offered make up for the higher cost associated with booking a reward ticket. (vs. AA for instance.)
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Old Nov 3, 10, 4:13 pm   #12
 
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Assuming I transfer 20k from SPG to BA, does the bonus from BA get applied before or after the SPG Bonus?

This seems like too good of a deal to pass up.

Edit: Yea, based on above, thats how it seems to be.

So 40k Starpoints translates into 62,500 BA Miles.

Super sweet
Can someone confirm?

20 K SPG = 30 K BA (20+5+25% of 20)

or

20 K SPG = 31,250 BA (20+5+25% of 25)

Which is correct?

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Old Nov 3, 10, 5:37 pm   #13
 
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Note that if you want to use this promotion to top up your BA miles but don't already have an SPG account, then you should create an account now while deciding if you want to go for it, as you cannot purchase SPG points until your account has been opened for 30 days.
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Old Nov 3, 10, 5:40 pm   #14
 
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Nice find, thanks
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Old Nov 3, 10, 6:07 pm   #15
 
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Using the Amex gold charge card: would this qualify for double or even triple miles, for hotel/overseas spend? Or better to use the BA platinum for 1.5?
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