Avios is the currency that is earned by members of the BA Executive Club program, the Iberia and Royal Maroc programs as well. British Airways Executive Club is a transfer partner for Citibank in India. In India, the following Citibank Credit Cards offer the ability to convert to Avios:
- Citi Ultima
- Citi Prestige (1 point = 4 Avios)
- Citi PremierMiles (2 PremierMiles = 1 Avios)
Over the years, Citi and Avios have frequently run transfer offers where there is an increased points bonus offered on conversion. In 2015, they offered a 20% bonus, while back in the day in 2012, they offered a 30% bonus.
Transfer Citi points to Avios with 50% conversion bonus
Through September 30, 2016, you can get a 50% bonus when you convert your Citibank points to Avios. I’ve already shared above the ratios on a normal day, but if you use your points to convert during the current promotion, you should get the following bonuses:
- Citi Prestige: 1 point = 6 Avios
- Citi PremierMiles: 2 PremierMiles = 1.5 Avios
Avios are some pretty valuable currency if you’re based where I am. The whole gamut of oneworld partners can be booked using Avios. For instance, I recently used 37,500 Avios per head to book a business class ticket between Hong Kong to Mumbai on Cathay Pacific. Last year, during my #redcarpettrip, I used Avios for a shorthaul redemption between Washington DC and New York at only 4500 Avios in Economy (since changed to 7500).
Should you transfer?
I don’t usually like redeeming for British Airways using Avios, because of the horrible fuel surcharges and APD that is charged per ticket even on redemption tickets. But there are so many partner airlines that BA deals with, such as Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Alaska Air, American Airlines and so on, that it is a very valuable offer in my view. Plus, the 50% transfer is a very big one, and not something I’ve seen in the recent years. I would even be transferring some points speculatively, even though I already have a six figure balance in my Avios kitty right now with all the flying I’ve been doing on British Airways recently.
While your mileage may vary, I do recommend transferring some points to Avios, since these kind of big bonuses do not come very often.