Yesterday, a voucher for 3,000 Avios points dropped into my avios.com account. You can check if you have one by logging in and going to Your Statement and then Vouchers. It is called ‘Happy Birthday 3000 Avios Hotel Voucher’.
My wife didn’t get one, however, so I’m not sure how they have chosen people.
The voucher gives you 3,000 Avios off a hotel booking which is paid for entirely in Avios.
It is surprisingly free of conditions:
You must book a hotel room by 1 December
You must stay by 1 April
Room must be paid wholly in Avios, not cash or part cash, part Avios
And that’s it.
Let’s do the maths.
When used for hotels, Avios points are worth 0.58p each. Your voucher is therefore effectively worth £17.40 off a hotel booking.
Obviously this is a great deal on a £40 one-night stay and a lot less interesting on a 10 day, £100 per night stay.
Remember that when you book a hotel via Avios, any status benefits you have with that chain are unlikely to be given and you will not receive any points for your stay (except possibly for incidental spend).
If you’re off to Thailand, you could even get a totally free 1-star room somewhere.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.