Convert Hotel Points and Earn 25% Bonus Avios — But Is It Worth It?

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Convert your hotel frequent flier loyalty program points to British Airways Avios frequent flier loyalty program miles through January 13, 2013 and you will earn a bonus of 25 percent Avios on top of the regular conversion rate.

Participating hotel frequent guest loyalty programs and their regular conversion rates to Avios include:

Starpoints

Starwood Preferred Guest

For each Starpoint exchanged, you will receive one Avios. There is a minimum point transfer of 2,500 for Preferred Guest members and a 1,500 minimum points transfer for Gold members. SPG Platinum members have no minimum point transfer.Plus, when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints in to Avios as part of one complete transaction, you will also receive a bonus of 5,000 Avios.

Club Carlson

Club Carlson

Choose to convert your Gold Points manually for the following amounts:

  • 2,000 Gold Points = 250 Avios
  • 50,000 Gold Points = 8,000 Avios
  • 100,000 Gold Points = 18,000 Avios

…or choose to convert your Gold Points automatically in increments of 10,000 Gold Points, which entitles you to 1,250 Avios.

Marriott Rewards Points

Marriott Rewards

The conversion rate of Marriott Rewards Points into Avios depends on the number of points you would like to exchange.

Conversion rates are as follows:
  • 10,000 Marriott Rewards points = 2,000 Avios
  • 20,000 Marriott Rewards Points = 5,000 Avios
  • 30,000 Marriott Rewards Points = 10,000 Avios
  • 70,000 Marriott Rewards Points = 25,000 Avios
  • 125,000 Marriott Rewards Points = 50,000 Avios
Hilton HHonors

Hilton HHonors

Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program members may convert their points into Avios using the HHonors Reward Exchange. You need a minimum of 10,000 HHonors Points each time you wish to exchange your Hilton HHonors points to Avios. Exchanging 10,000 HHonors Points will provide you with 1,000 Avios.

Priority Club

Priority Club Rewards

You will need to have collected at least 10,000 Priority Club points in order to exchange these for Avios. 10,000 Priority Club points will provide you with 2,000 Avios.

Hyatt Gold

Hyatt Gold Passport

Exchange your Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points into Avios and receive one Avios for every 2.5 Hyatt Gold Passport points converted. A minimum of 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points is initially required for each exchange into Avios.

An exchange of 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points will award you with 2,000 Avios, and thereafter increments of 1,250 points can be converted into Avios within the same transaction. Additionally, when you choose to convert 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, you will receive a 5,000 Avios point bonus.

Shangri-La Golden Circle Award

Shangri-La Golden Circle

One Golden Circle award point is equal to one Avios. You need a minimum of 2,500 Golden Circle award points to qualify for an initial conversion to Avios. Within the same transaction you can then convert Golden Circle award points into Avios in 500 point increments.

Some FlyerTalk members intend to skip taking advantage of this promotion, citing that the conversion of 20,000 Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program points to what would amount to 31,250 Avios — when including the bonus of 5,000 Starpoints which Starwood Preferred Guest adds to any point conversion at 20,000 points — is the best deal of all of the options listed above. Even then, some FlyerTalk members believe that this offer is tepid at best.

Should you take advantage of this offer? Well — depending on the frequent guest loyalty program — the points used for hotel room award night stays can exceed the value of Avios towards airline award tickets, such as this example provided by FlyerTalk member Raffles where 50,000 Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points worth approximately £200 would convert to 5,000 Avios worth approximately £40. Also depending on the frequent guest loyalty program, a free award night is still a free night where you do not need to pay a single penny — whereas a “free” flight is anything but that, as award tickets are usually exclusive of taxes and certain fees which you are still required to pay.

If you happen to have enough frequent guest loyalty program points sitting dormant in your account and Avios have enough of a value, go for it. Otherwise, I would advise passing on this promotion and put your frequent guest loyalty program points to better use elsewhere.

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