Convert 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 British Airways Avios

Update: This offer ends on Sunday, 01/13. 

The following was originally posted on 12/13/12:

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-You can earn 10,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $1 and another 15,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $5,000 within 6 months on both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN.
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BA is offering a 25% bonus on hotel points transferred into Avios through 01/13/13.

20,000 Starpoints normally transfers into 25,000 airline miles. With the additional 25% bonus you’ll get a total of 31,250 Avios.

-Transfer 20,200 Starpoints and you’ll have 31,500 Avios, enough for 7 short-haul one-way award redemptions.
-Transfer 40,000 Starpoints and you have 62,500 Avios, more than enough for a 60K round-trip award to Israel on Air Berlin with no fuel surcharges.  Or it’s more than enough for 8 one-way tickets between NYC and Miami or 5 one-way tickets between the west coast and Hawaii.

-Bonus Avios can take 4-6 weeks to show on your account from the date of conversion.

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33 Responses to “Convert 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 British Airways Avios”

  1. Anon Says:
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    Dan, thanks for all the great info.

    If it costs 80k to fly roundtrip to Israel on United and only 60k on Air Berlin without fuel surcharges, why do you recommend United? Is it because it is easier to collent united miles?

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  2. Dan Says:
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    @Anon:
    United flies nonstop and is partners with 2 other airlines with nonstop service from North America. Plus dozens of other Star Alliance airlines.

    Air Berlin doesn’t always have flights between NYC and TLV, you will need to be flexible.

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  3. newdanfan Says:
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    It this a “worth-it” transfer if my goal is to book a round trip ticket to Israel? Right now I have about 115,000 Starwood points between a few of my cards. Is there any way to use this for a business class ticket or two?

    Also, how would search for the Air Berlin availability using Avios?

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  4. reuvenhunt Says:
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    Will redeeming Starpoints (or Ultimate Rewards Points) for Avios push off the expiration of my current Avios for another three years?

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  5. Dan Says:
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    @newdanfan:
    It’s worth it if it’s available for your travel dates.
    You can try to find dates on BA.com though that may not be easy.
    Next week I’ll try to break down some better search options.

    @reuvenhunt:
    Yes. Any earning or burning will extend your entire account for 36 months.

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  6. newdanfan Says:
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    @Dan: This will sound like a stupid question, but I don’t know where to search from. Where do I select that I’m searching for flights with Avios, and how do I select Air Berlin?

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  7. Dan Says:
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    @newdanfan:

    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26854

    You can’t select Air Berlin, either it shows up or it doesn’t.

    However even if it doesn’t it may still be an option…stay tuned.

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  8. David Says:
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    For NYC-Miami, what is the best option? What about FLL or PBI?

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  9. MS Says:
    9

    What’s the link?

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  10. newdanfan Says:
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    I’m still confused – I can’t figure out how to search for an awards Avios ticket, and I can’t seem to find the option to search for partner airlines. What am I missing?

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  11. Nate Says:
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    Living in Seattle, I recently booked 2 r/t tickets with UR points via BA for 25k Avios(ea) to Hawaii. My family loves Hawaii and transferring our SPG points with this promo is very tempting.

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  12. BostonGuy Says:
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    are round trip to miami cheaper or is it just double the one way?

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  13. Dave Says:
    13

    I’ll be travelling from NY to miami at the end of Jan. If I transfer points today, will the transfer complete in time for me to book awards tickets?

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  14. BRITISH AIRWAYS MEMBER Says:
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    HOW DO I BOOK THOSE ROUNDTRIP TICKETS TO HAWAII, WHEN I GO ON THEIR HOMEPAGE (BRITISH AIRWAYS) AND DO A SEARCH THEY SAY THERE ARE NO FLIGHT FROM NYC TO HAWAII??

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  15. AVIOS Says:
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    I tried looking up a sample avios flight from newark to toronto midweek in march, and it was not cheap at all. 13950 Avios + $ 409.16 for three tickets.

    Whats the deal?

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  16. hunch Says:
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    @newdanfan
    Follow the link that Dan posted in comment #7 and read the comments on that post. Alot of good info there. Dan answered all the commenters’ questions thoroughly.

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  17. tll Says:
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    I just transferred 20k points only gave me 25k
    I see the link says 25% more for hotels.
    For SP only 5k bonus
    What did I do wrong?
    How can I get the extra points now?

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  18. Dan Says:
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    @newdanfan:
    Did you read this post?
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26854
    You don’t have to add partners anymore, they’re there by default.

    @BostonGuy:
    Double.

    @Dave:
    The Starpoints will post on time, but I’m not sure exactly when the bonus will post.

    @BRITISH AIRWAYS MEMBER:

    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26854

    Note that there are no nonstops on BA partners between NYC and Hawaii so you’ll probably need to search for NYC-Los Angeles and then book Los-Angeles-Hawaii separately.

    @AVIOS:
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26854

    @tll:
    20K Starwood gives 25K BA.
    BA will later add a 25% bonus on top of that within 4-6 weeks.

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  19. tll Says:
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    Ok, thank you! Has anyone tried to get BA to post the bonus miles sooner?

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  20. tt Says:
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    not worth it, on ba.com u can get points to top up for a trip for 1.3. spg points are worth at least 2 cents each

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  21. Dan Says:
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    @tt:
    This is a total 56.25% bonus.
    If you value BA at 1.3 cents each then this getting a value of 2.03 cents from Starpoints.

    Is that incredible? No. But that actually does surpass the 2 cent value that you gave them.
    And you need some BA to be able to buy more at 1.3 cents. And there situations where BA will be worth 13 cents each, I’ve done that myself with them.

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  22. mark Says:
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    Dear Dan

    Thank you very much for the trip from chicgo to tlv it work out well the fliht wasnt that comfortable but i guess it was fine thank a lot

    can you tell me how to get cheap tickets to tlv from eaither newark jfk or philp with miles i would realy appreciate it

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  23. ba fan Says:
    23

    realistically how long does it take for the starpoints to show up in my ba account? I tried calling spg and they were not very helpful

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  24. Dan Says:
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    @ba fan:
    2-14 days.

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  25. MCDT Says:
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    If I’m short 4500 SPG points, does it makes sense to buy them ($157) so I can reach the 20,000 mark and get the bonus BA points?

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  26. Dan Says:
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    @MCDT:
    AMEX will let you borrow points if you have an active card.
    Otherwise maybe open a Starwood business card?

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  27. Chaim Says:
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    I am trying to book flights for the Summer (the end of June coming back in August) but it seems like the reward calendar on BA.com doesn’t go that far out. Do you know if the number of Avois needed for a flight from JFK to Israel increases during the Summer?

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  28. Sarah.telaviv Says:
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    Or you can just keep your starwood points and use them at the Dead Sea and stay 16 nights…..lets see. 16 nights x $300 = $4800

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  29. J Says:
    29

    Dan, is there a fee to transfer?

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  30. Moshe Says:
    30

    Hey Dan
    I have about 35k spg and will be traveling in the south soon. Is it better to keep my points towards a hotel or to transfer for my flights?and also I Travel often from NYC to Montreal so is it a good deal?

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  31. bubble347 Says:
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    Dan I would like to know whats my best bet to get to Israel with approximately 85,000 sapphire points? i’m sorry for posting here I wasn’t sure where to post.

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  32. Jack Says:
    32

    I don’t travel often, I think I’ll be selling my SPG points soon at 1.8 cents. First question- bad move? Second- If I transfer and sell the BA points Ill get more money?

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  33. AVI Says:
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    Man i just sew this post… a day late!

    will this deal be back ontime for Tishrai?

    to book the Air Berlin ticket to israel

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