Avios hotels sale now live – 50% off on CASH as well as Avios bookings!

The Avios ‘50% off hotels’ sale is now available for booking.  However, I recommend you use this ba.com booking link as that one seems to be working properly (ie displaying all the hotels, not just a few).

What I did not expect is that the ‘pay with cash’ price has also been halved.  This means two things:

You are only getting 0.57p per Avios if you choose to use your miles to pay, since they have halved both the ‘pay with Avios’ and ‘pay with cash’ prices.  I wasn’t expecting that.

With cash prices halved, there are some exceptional deals to be had.

The super-luxe Conrad Algarve, for example, is available through the peak Summer season at half-price.  Even the half-board packages are half-price!  August 3-9th, for example, is £1,290 (or of course you can use Avios) for a Deluxe Double half-board. On hilton.com, you would be paying €3,546 Euro for (advanced purchase) dinner, bed and breakfast.

In Prague, 14-16 March, the InterContinental is available for 950 Avios and £105, the total for 2 nights, WITH breakfast.  The cheapest rate at intercontinental.com is €192 WITHOUT breakfast.

In Budapest, one of the best hotels in Europe – the Four Seasons Gresham Palace – is available for Valentine’s weekend (14-16 February) for £230 + 4,400 Avios for two nights, with breakfast.  fourseasons.com wants €590 for the same thing.  (EDIT: this one is now sold out for those dates)

You need to book by noon on Monday for travel by 30th September.

The small print says “Amendments and cancellation are permitted subject to the Avios cancellation and amendment terms where a fee as stated on avios.com will apply.”  Not sure what these are though!

The participating cities in this round are, as a reminder:

Vienna
Dubrovnik
Prague
Copenhagen
Berlin
Budapest
Istanbul
The Algarve

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Comments

  1. Finally got the Conrad to come up. Was 1600 quid for the week I wanted in July, half board in a deluxe with pool view. Add in two club Europe flights to Faro for 60k avios and a hundred quid and I’m very happy

    • Thank you very much for this :-)
      I’ve been looking at villas in the Algarve for this summer, it didn’t occur to me that this offer would be any good for our summer holiday.
      Last night on the Avios site I booked 2 junior suites with breakfast in Vilamoura for £2320 for 15 nights, the Booking dotcom price is over 5K – hubby is very chuffed. The hotel is by the beach, restaurants etc.
      Having 2 older teens Vilamoura should work out ok and the suites will give us some space albeit not as much as a 3 bed villa.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. Booked MO Prague via Avios.com 9650 + £315 for 3 nights.

  3. Louise K says:

    What a nightmare I’ve been having – firstly, 8/10 time I can only book with a car. Secondly, when trying to book two rooms for two people, it pulls through to to two rooms with single occupancy. Checked availability for two rooms, this looked fine then booked one room and when returning to book the other it no longer shows availability. Spent over an hour on the phone to BAEC only for them to tell me perhaps their availability is wrong as it’s all done via their back office system and best to call back tomorrow morning to actually check the correct availability. Very annoyed.

  4. Booked 3 nights at the IC Berlin for £165 with breakfast… awesome.

    Thanks Raffles!

  5. EvilGazebo says:

    Thanks for this. Got 2 Seaview rooms inc breakfast x 3 nights at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik and 4 x CE returns all in half term for 117K Avios plus £630 via ba.com

    Could actually have done slightly better paying pure cash for the hotel via avios.com if it hadn’t been playing up (120K plus £562 total) but still very happy.

    I know spending 120k avios for European travel is sacrilege in these parts but this works for me. I nearly made it worse but resisted the temptation to use an Amex 241 :)

  6. 4 nights bed & breakfast in deluxe room at Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna in July for 8,900 avios +£455 via Avios.com. Cheapest B&B rate for this on hotel’s website is £1276. Oddly, on Avios, the deluxe room was cheaper than superior although the former is the higher grade. :-)

    Whilst not a “real” saving as £300 a night hotels are rather out of my league usually, it’s a birthday plus wedding anniversary treat so one very happy bunny here.

  7. Just got 3 nights in the Real Marina Spa B&B for £166 (plus 332 Avios earned) for a weekend in the middle of August. On Trip adviser the cheapest for this was shown as £328 with hotels .com.

    Hotel.com is the non refundable rate, Avios.com can be refunded less £25 up to quite close to departure.

  8. Two nights in Prague for 105 when expedia lists as 281 and three nights in Vienna for 105 when expedia lists as 460. Plus I get breakfast and it only ‘cost’ me 2,000 avios! Throw in a couple of RFS flights and I’m a happy bunny.

  9. I got 3000 Avios as my birthday gift from Avios to use by March 1st. I could use that in the sale for Hotels. As you spotted, I got a weekend stay at Intercontinental Berlin for 2 days .

    Raffles,
    Have you stayed in those. How are they ? That will be my first stay in Intercontinental. Does it make any difference being a IHG Platinum member for an Avios reservation ? Will they allow an early/late checkout ? Or does it count towards big win qualification or any promotions ?

    • It will make no difference on an Avios redemption if you are Ambassador (unless the hotel is feeling generous) and you won’t get points / Big Win credentials.

      IC Berlin is generally well regarded although not stayed there myself. You can’t go wrong at this price though, wait until you see the price of breakfast if you had to pay for it ….!

  10. Pommyboi says:

    I think I’m doing something wrong, no deals jumping out to me. When I looked at Dubrovnik Hotel More, it’s 22,000 miles and £20 more than Trivago is quoting. The same when I look at a few hotels in Vienna, K&K Maria, £270+ 8150 Avios or £258 via Trivago :( This is for 2 nights in June

    I’ll keep looking before the offer ends…

  11. Sorry to dig up this thread. As I told you earlier, I booked I C Berlin using £100 and 4,000 avios in March. If I have to reschedule the dates, will I be paying the new rates or just the re-scheduling fees of £25 ?

    Did anyone try this ?

    • I booked for 2 nights using the avios sale.

    • Good question, as Avios is not used to dealing with this situation. You will need to call and ask.

      • On web chat, they told me that I have to pay what it costs as of now and get credit for what I already paid for. So in effect I have to pay the difference.

        Do you think calling them up will make any difference.

        • No. It doesn’t surprise me, to be honest. After all, the sale prices were not available for all days in the first place, so letting you change without repricing would be unfair as you could move to a date which was never even in the sale.