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. In 2016, they ran a mega 50% bonus, which meant you could get 150% of the usual value of your Avios when transferring from Citibank.
Transfer Citi Points to Avios with 50% Bonus
Now, the transfer bonus of 50% returns one more time. Through October 31, 2017, you can get a 50% bonus when you convert your Citibank points to Avios. This bonus is valid for Indian Citi customers only. 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, last year I used 37,500 Avios per head to book a business class ticket between Hong Kong to Mumbai.
In 2015, during my #redcarpettrip, I used Avios for a short haul redemption between Washington DC and New York at only 4500 Avios in Economy (since changed to 7500). Even with 7500 Avios, I redeemed them this year as well while being in the USA for trips between New York and Washington DC, and 4500 Avios between Dublin & London per head.
And of course, I redeemed a 100K Avios per head this year for a trip in British Airways’ 787-9 between London and Mumbai on First Class on the trip to London and Dublin this year. The APD did pinch, but it was still a deal as compared to paying full price.
Should you transfer?
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 many times 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 kinds of big bonuses do not come very often.
Do you plan to benefit from the 50% bonus on the transfer of points from Citibank to your BA Executive Club Account?