I love Avios – the frequent flyer program of British Airways. They let me redeem 9,000 Avios points for a round-trip from Victoria to Seattle! This trip usually costs at least $400 return so this is a perfect use of miles.
Through October 15, 2013, when you convert your hotel points to British Airways Avios, you’ll receive a 25% bonus.
Their hotel partners include Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Shangri-La Golden Circle, and Starwood Preferred Guest.
Each partner has a minimum amount of points required to transfer so keep that in mind if you were looking to just transfer a few to top off your account. Allow 4-6 weeks for the bonus Avios to post. If you transfer 20,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points, they will give you a 25% bonus on 20,000-point transfers as well, so you will have 31,250 instead. This is worth three roundtrips from Victoria to Seattle so this is a great conversion!