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Bilt adds Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia as transfer partners

Aug. 25, 2022
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Editor’s note: TPG founder Brian Kelly is a Bilt advisor and investor.


Bilt Rewards, the start-up that lets renters earn points by paying rent, has added three new transfer partners to its portfolio.

British Airways Executive Club, Aer Lingus AerClub and Iberia Plus are the newest additions to Bilt's list of transfer partners. These join the program's already great list of transfer partners, like American Airlines AAdvantage, Turkish Miles&Smiles, United MileagePlus, World of Hyatt and more.

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Bilt Points will transfer to Avios at a 1:1 ratio and transfers are expected to process instantly. Transfers will be in 1,000 Bilt Points increments.

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(Screenshot from the Bilt Rewards app)

Transfers to British Airways Executive Club are already available through the Bilt Rewards app. Bilt expects that transfers from the app to Iberia Plus and Aer Lingus AerClub will be available in September.

In the meantime, you can transfer Bilt points to British Airways and then move your points to Iberia Plus, Aer Lingus AerClub or Qatar Airways Privilege Club as the three programs also use Avios as their loyalty currency.

When you link a loyalty account in the Bilt app, you'll earn 100 bonus points per account. So, add your British Airways account to Bilt now so you don't lose out on free points.

With the new transfer partners, Bilt Rewards customers will be able to unlock some stellar redemptions on Oneworld carriers. For 13,000 British Airways Avios, you can fly one-way from the West Coast to Hawaii on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines. TPG's Nick Ewen redeemed 54,000 British Airways Avios to book a round-trip flight from Miami (MIA) to St. Croix (STX) for three people on American.

Using British Airways Avios for short and medium-haul American Airlines flights can be a great deal. (Photo by Sean Cudahy/The Points Guy)

Another Avios sweet spot is through Iberia Plus on off-peak business class flights from the East Coast to Western Europe, which cost just 34,000 miles one-way.

Related: How to transfer your Avios between British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus accounts

Bottom line

British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus mark Bilt's 10th, 11th and 12th transfer partners. You don't need the Bilt Mastercard to participate in the Bilt Rewards program. Still, with no annual fee and increasingly valuable transferable points with more transfer partners, the Bilt MasterCard should be on your radar.

And remember, you can always top off your Avios account with other credit card points from programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles and Citi ThankYou Rewards to get you closer to your next redemption.

Featured image by (Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases