Earn up to 15,000 Avios booking hotels via Agoda PointsMAX

Avios has teamed up with hotel booking site Agoda to offer additional points on hotel bookings made via their PointsMAX scheme.

Agoda is a hotels.com-style hotel booking website, originally launched in Asia.  It was acquired by Priceline and is now a sister company to booking.com.  We have covered PointsMAX on Head for Points before – you may remember that Anika used it to book a hotel in Split last Summer.

The new promotion is only valid for bookings made via the special Agoda / Avios booking page here.

The small print implies that points can be credited to either British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus or avios.com.  However, the booking form asks for your Avios number which potentially implies avios.com only.

agoda points max website start page

The standard earnings rate is 2 Avios per $1 equivalent spent.  Under this offer the Avios you earn seems to vary wildly between 3 and 8 per £1 spent.  You can allegedly earn up to 15,000 Avios per night but that would require a wildly expensive suite I think!

The key thing to know about Agoda is that you generally pay a higher price for your room if you use the PointsMAX feature.

This is tucked away in the small print:

“The rates for PointsMAX bookings may be different from regular bookings at the same conditions”

but you can easily miss it.  You should therefore double check Agoda’s standard price as well as the direct booking price for the hotel you are considering.

Annoyingly, you won’t see the ‘no points’ price on Agoda when using the special Avios website link.  You will need to use the Agoda homepage here.

These special Avios earning rates are valid for bookings until 31st March for stays until 31st June.

The special Avios / Agoda booking page is here.

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Comments

  1. Rate in agoda is not quite that expensive especailly when they have recent promo code with 10% discount!

  2. I’ve been keeping a close eye on PointsMAX for a few weeks now as I required to book a sixteen night stay in Thailand for late May 2017.

    Wasn’t impressed with the offer in the slightest. Regular price of the hotel was £760 or £940 to earn a total of 13,000 Avios, so I settled on the regular price. There are cheaper ways to earn 13,000 Avios.

  3. Hi Rob, there’s a different link if you go via BAEC page https://www.agoda.com/britishairways which is probably how to credit to BA rather than Avios

    • Dont forget the usual cash / points back sites

      • Or calling hotels directly whereby even greater savings can be made and points and benefits still received if part of a chain.

        • Never tried that… good tip

          • In the past it never seemed to work but I’ve had 2 out of 3 successes in the past month. When I call I stress that I want in-house reservations or confereence and events office, just speaking to a harried receptionist is probably not a good idea.

          • For long stays you can often negotiate a really good deal – I did with the Doubletree Dundee, good rate plus £15 daily dining credit that rolled over if unused :)

        • Plus they’ll sometimes chuck in breakfast when you would otherwise have to pay :)

  4. OT: Currently at the Barclay IC in New York. I have IHG Ambassador. I really don’t know if I was upgraded or not. I booked an Executive King. At reception I was told that I had been upgraded to ‘a much nicer room than an Executive’. The trouble is, my room looks like an Executive. It matches the description of an Executive King. It is on the corner of the building though, so I’ve a double aspect, with two windows.

    As Ambassador you should receive a guaranteed room upgrade: ‘enjoy an immediate upgrade to a superior room (one category higher than purchased).

    Is that the Hilton definition of superior? I’ve no idea what the next higher category is.

    • I think the category higher stipulation is open to abuse by hotels. It sounds like you were ‘upgraded’ to a corner room.

      • That’s what I thought. Nothing wrong with the room – all quite pleasant and clean – but when something is guaranteed and you paid for it etc…

        • Are you on a paid stay or reward stay?
          Unfortunately, IC Barclay hasn’t got a good reputation of treating Elite members, I stayed 2 nights (paid) last year and it really was as bad as it was described on flyertalk. It does’t sounds like they have improved yet..
          If you search the site you can also find Rob’s review.

    • On IHG Ambassador, any expectations what I should receive as a Ambassador Spire Elite at Intercontinental Amstel (Amsterdam) on a reward stay?

      • I’ve had decent upgrades on my last 2 stays but there were booked at short notice. I read that they tend to upgrade to ‘same side’ so you don’t get canal if you don’t book canal. I did a review once.

    • Did you get the standard toiletries? Or Casswell Massey?
      I believe Barclay room comes with the latter. By the way I hope you got your fruits & water without need to select them as amenity!

      • oops this reply meant for Jovanna..

      • Toiletries are branded ‘Agrarja’ of San Francisco.

        At check in I was offered fruit or 1500 points or a $20 minibar credit. I opted for the fruit as I was a little under the weather. This arrived later with 2 bottles of water. Looks like I’ve dipped out of the welcome amenity.

  5. The avios e-shopping site has hotels.com as a partner, and their prices are much better than, say, Kaligo, and no different from their non-avios prices. Plus you can pay on arrival and cancel up till near your travel date on most of the hotels. You also get a free night for every 10 that you book. For me it’s by far the best hotel booking site in terms of rewards, I’ve just booked 3 separate stays at 8 avios per £1 spent and nearly earned my free night!

    Note – as I recall, you can’t use Amex to reserve your stay, but just make sure you book a hotel that accepts Amex and pay with that when you get there.

  6. I also used it at Tesco.com with a £650 furniture spend and have been credited with over 2,500 avios even though the advertised rate was 2 per £1. I hope they don’t take them away! Also £6.50 in Tesco vouchers plus nearly 1000 Amex avios and my drawers have nearly paid for themselves!

  7. Having had a look I can’t find any deals (not looked at them all by any stretch of the imagination) whereby the headline figure of Avios given during the search process is equalled once you select the hotel & look at the room choices.
    One example said earn 10,250 Avios (at ‘x’ hotel) after I’d searched Krakow for 2 nights. Once I selected that hotel and looked at the room rates & their corresponding Avios earning they were nowhere near 10,250 – even when looking at the priciest, highest category room.

    No doubt they are giving Avios but are being seriously misleading.

    • Have you tried filtering by number of avios offered? You can then tell straight away whether it’s worth looking at the hotel.

  8. OT but hotels: I’m tempted to book a couple of good value courtyard and moxxy stays with SPG points via marriott. I have no experience of either brand so would appreciatd any feedback on potential gold status benefits please? From marriott reward pages it appears that statys benefits only seem to aplply to the higher brands.

  9. Snickolai warlovaga says:

    I think this is a really bad “deal”

    I looked into some hotels in Sri Lanka, and compared the prices for the exact same ones on th same days against booking.com.

    At first it appears Agoda actually has a cheaper rate – but when I clicked to the reservation page they price bumped up 20% to include taxes and fees.

    The end result would have been paying £11 more for the reservation in order to get 750 avios. Really rubbish lol.

  10. I am a 100 per cent leisure traveller and find the best deals on booking.com with a greater selection and better prices than on hotels.com . I am intrigued to know who pays the higher rates on Kaligo, Rocketmiles , etc to gain the miles. Presumably business travellers but don’t they get a grilling from their bosses as to why they have paid over the odds?

    • They are not always higher. They buy the rooms wholesale at huge discounts from Tourico etc and mark them up to match current selling prices. This funds the miles.

      They are not making the usual 10% agent commission.

  11. Richmond says:

    I checked standard Agoda and BA Agoda (link given in comments) and second one is a bit cheaper and offers avios.

  12. ….. but no status benefits etc

  13. I find hotels.com great for work travel (often cheaper than corporate travel agent so boss allows me to do my own thing) as the cash back can be considerable and I don’t care too much for status benefits – I’m by myself and work pay for everything anyway.

    For leisure though, I put more weight into status benefits as I can get blind drunk in lounges for free…

  14. I’m the same. As I don’t travel for work (and therefore not often enough to earn worthwhile status) I’d hate to be tied down to one chain of hotel. I always want to pick the best overall option for me purposes in a city/town, not the hotel that happens to be a Hilton / IHG / SPG / whatever.

    If I constantly travelled to the same city for business I’d have a different tune, I’m sure.

  15. Duncan Stevenson-Price says:

    Good to know, thanks.

  16. Always worth trying with the hotel after booking though!

    I had an upgrade, lounge access, and points for spend from the Marriott in Warsaw a few weeks back, this was booking via BA Holidays.

    Marriot Gold was from SPG

  17. In my experience Marriott have always been good for honouring status benefits on third party bookings.

  18. Surprisingly no hotel kick backs and no longer a BA rebate. I know the procurement officer

  19. I hope they’re not contracting that agent for much longer. They sound as useful as a chocolate fire guard!

  20. 10% back via HSBC premier credit card too….not sure if it stacks