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Which hotel chains let you collect Avios points?

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Back in June, I ran a long reference article entitled “Which Airlines Can I Use Avios Points On?“.  This was my attempt to cover all 33 airlines which let you use Avios points for their flights – not just BA partners, but also Iberia and avios.com partner airlines.

I thought it was worth doing something similar for hotels. (Car rental Avios earning is covered here.) Whilst British Airways has its own partner hotels, Iberia Plus has its own, different, list. And, with the number of different hotel groupings, it is not always easy to know if your hotel is part of a bigger grouping that lets you earn Avios points.

This post is my best attempt at listing every hotel chain that lets you collect Avios points. Please let me know of any errors or omissions in the comments at the bottom!

All earnings rates are for BA unless stated otherwise.  Where I mention an Iberia Plus earning rate, this is because BA does not support that hotel chain. Hilton is now the only chain where you earn more Avios in Iberia Plus than in British Airways Executive Club.

The only groups that allow you to collect directly into avios.com accounts are Marriott and Accor.

The Avios-earning hotel directory:

Abba Hotels (Abba) – Variable earning in Iberia Plus only, see Iberia website

AC Hotels (Marriott) – 1 Avios per $1 on room only or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Adagio (Accor) – 1 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

all seasons (Accor) – 0.5 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

aloft (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Anantara (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Andaz (Hyatt) – 500 Avios per stay or transfer Hyatt Gold Passport points

Autograph (Marriott) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Barceló Hotels (Barceló) – 150-750 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only

Candlewood Suites (IHG) – 1 Avios per $1 or transfer IHG Rewards Club points (6)

Conrad (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Courtyard by Marriott (Marriott) – 1 Avios per $1 on room only in BA or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Crowne Plaza (IHG) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer IHG Rewards Club points (6)

Derby Hotels (Derby) – 225-900 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only (4)

Doubletree (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Eaton Hotels (Langham) – 250 Avios per night

EDITION (Marriott) – 2 Avios per $1 on room only in BA or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

element (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Embassy Suites (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Fairfield Inn (Marriott) – 1 Avios per $1 on room only in BA or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Fairmont (Fairmont) – 750 Avios per stay

First Hotels (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Four Points (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Gaylord (Marriott) – 2 Avios per $1 on room only or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Grand Melia (Melia) – 525 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only or convert MAS points

Hace Hoteles (Hace) – 450-600 Avios per stay in Iberia Plus only

Hampton by Hilton (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Hesperia (NH) – 200-450 Avios per NIGHT in Iberia Plus only

Hilton / Hilton Garden Inn (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Holiday Inn Express (IHG) – 1 Avios per $1 or transfer IHG Rewards Club points (6)

Holiday Inn (IHG) – 1 Avios per $1 or transfer IHG Rewards Club points (6)

Home2Suites (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 with a cap of 100 Avios – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Homewood Suites (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Hotel Indigo (IHG) – 2 Avios per $1 in BA or 1 Avios per $1 in Iberia Plus or transfer IHG Rewards Club points (6)

Hoteles Center (Center) – 225-900 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only

Hoteles Elba (Elba) – 150-750 Avios per stay in Iberia Plus only

Hyatt and all Hyatt sub-brands (Hyatt) – 500 Avios per stay or transfer Hyatt Gold Passport points

Ibis (Accor) – 0.5 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

Innside (Melia) – 225 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only or convert MAS points

InterContinental (IHG) – 500 Avios per stay outside North America and 2 Avios per $1 elsewhere or transfer IHG Rewards Club points (6)

JW Marriott (Marriott) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Kempinski (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Kerry Hotels (Shangri-La) – 500 Avios per stay or convert Golden Circle Award Points

Langham / Langham Place (Langham) – 500 Avios per night

Le Meridien (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Leela (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Lungarno Collection (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members (4)

Luxury Collection (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Mandarin Oriental (Mandarin Oriental) – 800 Avios per stay plus extra benefits for BA Silver and Gold members

Marco Polo Hotels (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Marriott Executive Apartments (Marriott) – 1 Avios per $1 on room only in BA or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Marriott (Marriott) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

ME (Melia) – 525 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only or convert MAS points

Melia (Melia) – 225 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only or convert MAS points

Mercure (Accor) – 1 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

Metropoli (Rusticae) – 300-750 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only

MGallery (Accor) – 1 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

Mirvac Hotels (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Mokara Hotels (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

NH Hoteles – 200-450 Avios per NIGHT in Iberia Plus only

Novotel (Accor) – 1 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

Occidental (Occidental) – 150-750 Avios per stay in Iberia Plus only

Omni (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Pan Pacific (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Paradisus (Melia) – 525 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only or convert MAS points

Paradores (Paradores) – 300 – 1,125 Avios per stay in Iberia Plus only

Park Inn (Carlson) – 500 Avios per stay or transfer Club Carlson points

Park Plaza (Carlson) – 500 Avios per stay or transfer Club Carlson points

PARKROYAL (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Preferred Hotels / Preferred Boutique (Preferred Hotels) – 500 Avios per stay (4)

Pullman (Accor) – 1 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

Radisson SAS / Blu (Carlson) – 500 Avios per stay or transfer Club Carlson points

Raffles (Raffles) – 500 Avios per stay

Renaissance (Marriott) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Residence Inn (Marriott) – 1 Avios per $1 on room only or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Ritz-Carlton (Marriott) – 2 Avios per $1 on room only or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Rusticae (Rusticae) – 300-750 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only

Shangri-La (Shangri-La) – 500 Avios per stay or convert Golden Circle Award Points

Shaza Hotels (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

Sheraton (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Small Luxury Hotels of the World – 500 Avios per stay in BA

Sofitel (Accor) – 1 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

Sol (Melia) – 150 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only or convert MAS points

SpringHill Suites (Marriott) – 1 Avios per $1 on room only in BA or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

St Regis (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Staybridge Suites (IHG) – 1 Avios per $1 or transfer IHG Rewards Club points (6)

Sterling Hotels / Sterling Design (Preferred Hotels) – 500 Avios per stay (4)

Summit Hotels & Resorts (Preferred Hotels) – 500 Avios per stay (4)

Swissotel (Swissotel) – 500 Avios per stay

Taj (Taj) – 500 Avios per stay

Thalasso Sea & Spa (Accor) – 1 Avios per €1 or transfer Le Club Accorhotels points (1)

The Doyle Collection (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members (4)

The Gateway (Taj) – 250 Avios per stay

Tivoli Hotels (GHA) – 500 Avios per stay plus room upgrade for BA Gold members

TownePlace Suites (Marriott) – 1 Avios per $1 on room only or transfer Marriott Rewards points (3)

Traders (Shangri-La) – 500 Avios per stay or convert Golden Circle Award Points

Tryp (Melia) – 225 Avios per night in Iberia Plus only or convert MAS points

Vivanta by Taj (Taj) – 250 Avios per stay

W (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Waldorf-Astoria (Hilton) – 1 Avios per $1 – see note (5) – or transfer Hilton HHonors points

Westin (Starwood) – 2 Avios per $1 or transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points (2)

Worldhotels (Worldhotels) – 1,000 Avios per stay in Iberia Plus only (4)

Notes:

(1) – You should transfer Accor points to Iberia Plus Avios and not BA Avios, as the transfer rate is doubled! Iberia Plus is 1:1, BA is 0.5 Avios per 1 Accor point

(2) – You must be a member of Starwood Preferred Guest to earn Avios. You can set your account to have points directly deposited to BA after each stay. Gold and Platinum SPG members earn 3 Avios per $1.

(3) – You must be a member of Marriott Rewards to earn Avios. You can set your account to have points directly deposited to BA after each stay.

(4) – Hotels in this grouping are all independently named but display this branding somewhere in their promotional material

(5) – You need to set your Hilton HHonors account ‘Points & Variable Miles’ to earn airline miles (you will also earn some Hilton points as well).  Note that if you credit to Virgin Atlantic instead of Avios you will earn twice the miles (2 per $1).

(6) – You must be a member of IHG Rewards Club to earn Avios

Comments (13)

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  • Mark Smith says:

    Re note 5, I believe the Iberia rates are more generous, e.g. 750 Avios/stay on the fixed option.

  • signol says:

    I’m still annoyed with Accor, as to earn points and credit stays you have to book direct. I usually have a few stays per month, but we have to book through the corporate travel agent, so nothing credits through Accor. Hilton credits fine though!

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      It’s worth asking your TA whether they can book directly. I’ve done this once or twice to pick up special promotions while keeping the travel policy bods happy.

      • signol says:

        It’s actually a website we have to use – Expotel if you know it.

  • Scott says:

    I’ve stayed at a few GHA properties (Kempinski, Doyle Collection brands) and have never ever received any of the published BA Gold benefits despite booking direct / presenting Gold card at checkin etc etc – quite disappointing – and as a result they’ve lost my custom!

  • Nick says:

    Thanks, this is really helpful. I’ve got a 3-week trip to the US coming up and hadn’t realised I could collect Avios on my hotel stays! Two quick questions:

    1) I usually book hotels through Hotels.com. Does this affect my ability to earn Avios from my hotel stays?

    2) A really noddy question – you say BA only pays 500 avios for Hilton. I assume this is per stay, and not per night? My schedule keeps changing and because of the funny way that hotels.com seems to deal with booking changes, it has been much cheaper for me to bring forward bookings by cancelling the last night as originally booked and making a separate single-night booking for the new first night, than just changing the schedule using their tool. As a result I’ve got maybe 8 or 9 separate bookings for what in effect are 4 different short stays.

    • Nick says:

      Great, thanks. I’ve set my HHonours to automatically convert to Fixed avios so hopefully when I show my card when checking in, I’ll still get the credit.

    • Rob says:

      You are unlikely to get credit for hotels.com stays, unfortunately, although it never hurts to try. If you set your Hilton account to ‘points and VARIABLE miles’ you will earn Avios for incidental spend.

      However, hotels.com has its excellent Welcome Rewards scheme for a free night for every 10 nights you book. This may be more generous than the Hilton scheme.

  • Phil Welch says:

    One very important thing to mention about IHG is they have a far more generous Avios offering if you collect with Iberia rather than BA:

    1,800 Intercontinental
    1,500 Crowne Plaza
    1,500 Hotel Indigo
    1,000 Holiday Inn
    1,000 Staybridge Suites
    1,000 Candlewood Suites
    600 Holiday Inn Express

    • Scott says:

      I think I’m sold on the need to get an Iberia account!

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Phil. I never knew that …. Text amended.

    • Phil Welch says:

      Happy to be the one offering help – it’s usually the other way round!

      I’ve historically collected PCR points (using the various bonus codes) until reaching the Platinum threshold then switch to IB Avios. Occasionally switching to Avios throughout the year if staying at a Crowne Plaza or IC to gain better value if I knew I’d reach the threshold anyway.

      The recent changes mean that I will never achieve status from stays alone so am now 100% IB Avios and will be getting the IHG credit card when my Platinum expires in January.

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