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50% effective bonus for Starwood to British Airways Avios transfers

by on Mon September 16, 2013 • 3 Comments

Starwood American ExpressDan’s Deals is reporting a way to take advantage of a special British Airways Avios bonus offer.

They’re currently offering a 25% bonus on all inbound transfers from hotel programs. The deal is good for transfers made by October 15, 2013.

That includes Starwood Preferred Guest points which transfer to British Airways Avios along with over 20 other airline programs at 1:1.

But there’s another angle here…

For every 20,000 points you transfer from Starwood to an airline program like Avios, you get a 5,000 point bonus.

So if you transfer 20,000 points from Starwood you actually get 31,250 Avios. That’s 20,000 points plus the 5,000 points bonus, plus a 25% bonus on 25,000 points, for a total of 31.250 Avios points.

That’s over 50% more than the 20,000 points that get deducted from your Starwood account and a great deal.

30,000 0r so Avios are really useful for a lot of domestic trips on American Airlines. 15,000 Avios roundtrip will get you nonstop flights of up to 1150 miles each way. So over 30,000 Avios will earn you two roundtrips of up to 1150 miles each.

If you want to go further, trips of up to 2000 miles are 20,000 Avios and those up to 3000 miles are 25,000 Avios roundtrip.

You can also transfer 40,000 Starwood points and that will turn into 62,500 Avios, again over a 50% bonus.

The catches are…

  • You must find flights that have Economy Class ‘MileSAAver’ availability on American Airlines. That’s pretty easy – just go to and do an award search and you can see the flights.
  • You should stick to non-stop flights. If you have a connection, Avios will price each segment separately. For example if you you book an award New York to Minneapolis on the non-stop flight, which is 1,019 miles each way you ‘ll pay 15,000 Avios roundtrip. But if you book a flight that connects in Chicago, which is 732 miles, and Chicago to Minneapolis is 500 miles, you’ll pay 15,000 Avios for the New York to Chicago segments plus 9,000 Avios for the Chicago to Minneapolis segments, for a total of 24,000 Avios. So it’s much better to take advantage of non-stop flights to avoid pricing each segment separately.
  • Make sure you transfer in 20,000 point increments to maximize this. Starwood adds a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer to airlines.
  • The bonus points can take 4-6 weeks to post from British Airways, so don’t do this if you need to use the bonus points right away.

But other than that, this is a great use of Starwood points. 20,000 points earning you the possibility of two 1,150 mile roundtrips on American can be $800 or more in value with today’s airfares.

You can learn more about how British Airways Avios can be used on American Airlines flights here.

Read more about why we like the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and its airline transfer feature here.

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3 thoughts on 50% effective bonus for Starwood to British Airways Avios transfers

  1. HeavenlyJane

    If I have all the time in the world, can I transfer some Starwood points to British Air Avios to get the bonus and then transfer them back to SPG points soon after?

    Honestly I value have nice full buckets of both kinds of points.


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