Ends Today: Transfer Hotel Points To British Airways And Get A 35% Bonus, Transfer Starpoints To Avios With A 116%+ Effective Bonus

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Update: This bonus ends today.

Related post: HOT! United 30% Transfer Bonus: Transfer 18.6K Starpoints Into 32.5K United Miles, 75K SPG Into 157K Miles, Or 90K SPG Into 157K Miles And 7 Nights In A Marriott Hotel!

Originally posted on 9/26:

BA is offering a 35% bonus on hotel points transferred into Avios through 10/31/17.

Eligible hotels include:

  • Carlson Hotels
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

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

Note that Starpoints are not included in this bonus, but you can transfer 1 Starpoint into 3 Marriott points.

Marriott’s miles+nights makes for a great redemption:
-270K Marriott points (90K Starpoints) will transfer to 162K BA Avios after the bonus. That’s an effective 1.8 Avios per Starpoint, plus you’ll get 7 nights in a Marriott category 1-5 hotel. You can also get back 15K Starpoints (45K Marriott points) for cancelling the hotel booked with a certificate, making the cost 75K Starpoints for 162K miles. That’s an effective 2.16 Avios per Starpoint. Of course if you use the hotel certificates the effective bonus can be much higher than that.

There are a few things worth noting about the Marriott miles+nights redemption methods:

  • You must call Marriott at 800-321-7396 if you want to book a miles+nights package.
  • The miles will post within a few days of the transfer, regardless of when or if you use the 7 night certificate.
  • The 7 night electronic hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them.
  • You don’t need to choose the hotel at the time of a nights+miles redemption.
  • The certificate must be used at one property for 7 consecutive nights.
  • You can have the certificate issued in anyone’s name.
  • You can upgrade your hotel certificate by paying the difference in points later on. For example if you wanted 7 nights at the category 7 Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel you would need 330K Marriott or 110K Starpoints for that stay and 162K miles. If you wanted 7 nights at the tier 3 Ritz-Carlton Herzliya you would need 420K Marriott or 140K Starpoints for that stay and 162K miles.

The value of Avios has been hampered over the past year due to the elimination of 4.5K short-haul awards within North America and scarce saver award availability on American. However there is still plenty of value to be had from the program and space on some routes is still very good. For example a last minute Cleveland-NYC one-way flight can cost $500, but is bookable for just 7,500 Avios+$5.60.

Additionally the cost of a domestic first class award has gone down from 4 times the price of coach to 2-3 times the price of coach. For example a one-way flight from NYC to Chicago or Miami is 7.5K in coach or 15K in first class instead of the previous rate of 30K in first class. You can read more about Avios here.

Best of all, you can cancel Avios awards for just $5.60 each way up to 24 hours before the flight and there are no close-in booking fees.

Of course there are dozens of airlines that you can transfer your Starpoints into and you can use them for hotel stays, so don’t transfer unless you have a need for the Avios.

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Is it worth it to transfer Hilton points at 10:1?


Can’t I simply transfer my spg points into my Marriott account and then the bonus on all of the points?


So I can turn my Amex points into avios at over 100% bonus by transferring first to Hilton at 50% bonus and then from Hilton to Avios at 35% bonus. Am i correct?


in order to cancel the hotel stay booked with certificate, do i need to call up and if yes whom? or can i just cancel the reservation online and can get the points back online?


I don’t have a marriott card/account. Can I make an account without a credit card and transfer spg points into that account. Will all this be able to be done in time to transfer those marriott points into avios before the offer expires in a few days?


Hi Dan,
Do you know if I can book NYC-Berlin flight with Air Lingus using BA Avios, and how much would they charge?


What is the transfer rate from IHG to avios?
Is it worth buying IHG for .575 and then transfer to avios?
Is there any good deals to israel?


Question about paying additional points to stay in a higher category hotel. You wrote that a category 7 needs 330k Marriott or 110k spg and 162k miles, is this in addition to the 270k/90k already paid? Or do you pay only the difference of 60k/20k? Also why do you write “and 162k miles”? I don’t think you need to pay that, that is something that you get with this package. Thanks for clarifying.


If I need to make a ticket from Israel to the US within a week or two, and I have Starpoints, will this help me? Sorry if you already answered…I am a little confused with how to best use Avios points. Thanks!


If I need flights from NYC-LHR and I have Starwood would this bonus help me out?


Unless you want to top off your account for a specific reward in mind, conversion to United is more valuable. 132K UA miles much more valuable than 162K Avios.


Any suggestions on how to get 17k SPG points? I already opened both cc and received their respective bonuses.


What’s the expiration time for BA miles?


What’s the best possible use. Of a ba companion pass ?


36 months , and Manny ways to keep the miles alive, you can simply make a purchase at Wal-Mart or ebay or home depot, just app through ba shopping portal.


Would it be an issue if the Marriott is my name and Avios is in my wifes name ?


I’m a bit confused. Why would anyone cancel 7 nights in a category 1-5 Marriott hotel and get back only 45K Marriott points.


Whats the transfer rate from Club Carlson?


Hi Dan, a question about Avios when booking a trip JFK-LAX if I want to fly with Alaska/Virgin business if it’s showing availability on alaska website will BA be able to book it for me or is there only a certain type of fair like sAAver?


SPG into Marriott Hotel + Air, then into Avios, do they both transfer instantaneous?


This is a great question , because if i transfer today will i get the bonus?
Dan, any input on this?


Ba avios is also good to fly to brazil