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British Airways adds Mr & Mrs Smith as an Avios-earning hotel partner

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Mr & Mrs Smith started out as a publisher of boutique holiday guide books. They were certainly nicely presented and well written although (as with most hotel guide books) they never tell you that the hotels had paid a fee to be included.

(They also used to do a surprisingly good range of Smith-branded compilation CD’s, oddly enough! A couple are still available via their website.)

I have heard some good things about their online travel agency, which specialises in independent, boutique, niche or otherwise quirky properties. Rather like a version of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, you will usually find that you can get a better package via Smith than you would by booking on the hotels own website.

Smith has now teamed up with British Airways to offer their packages via BA Holidays. This is a genuine improvement, because you retain all of the benefits of booking via Smith directly – ie the special perks given to Smith guests and the cashback loyalty scheme they run.

In addition, booking via BA, you will also receive up to 10,000 Avios with every booking.

Full details can be found here at ba.com.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (1)

  • vindaloo says:

    Any idea how the “up to 10,000 Avios” bonus works? The page you linked to doesn’t seem to shed any light either.

    I might well book one of these for a four night trip, and am wondering whether to book my wife and myself on two separate holidays with just two nights’ hotel accommodation each. Worth doing if that gives us an extra 10,000 Avios, but otherwise I’d rather be on the same booking so we can get seats together on the plane (and have a chance of both being op-upped).

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