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Yesterday, a voucher for 3,000 Avios points dropped into my 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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

(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 (40)

  • signol says:

    I had my Avios hotel voucher last month, on my actual birthday. I couldn’t spend it though.

  • MaltapointsTom says:

    This was a good one. I managed to book a night at a 4 star hotel in Mellieha (Malta) in November for 2,950 points, so totally free.

  • Trevor says:

    No points for any of 3 accounts between my wife and I, and my birthday has just passed! Can’t just be a birthday as a criteria, as it seems different people have different bonuses, or like me, none at all.

  • Kathy says:

    I wonder if they target this at people who have used Avios for hotel bookigs before? I have nothing, but then I’ve never used Avios to book a hotel.

    • signol says:

      No, as I received the voucher but have never booked a hotel through them. I once booked a flight, back in the Airmiles days, but tbat was all.

    • Rob says:

      …. and neither have I!

  • Chris Storrie says:

    Just got 1,000 points no stipulations like hotels for how they can be spent. Just been added into my account balance. Birthday not for 6 weeks

  • cmcbugg says:

    I just got 1000 Avios (added to my available balance), and an email indicating they are for MY birthday (which is also in Nov).


  • Stephen says:

    It was my birthday yesterday and I didn’t get any Avios!

  • What's the Point says:

    Not related, but I got 1,000 points added into my AA account this weekend. Something to do with an INT opt in bonus?

    • Phil says:

      yep. got that too. it was a one off AAdvantage eSummary sign up bonus – as outlined on the news and offers page on their site. you needed to sign up though.. not sure if its still active or not though..might be.

      • Trevor says:

        I recall seeing the offer and trying to sign up for that too, but I never could – it never saved my setting ggrrrr…. I tried a few different browsers, but no luck. Nothing happens when I select “Subscribe” and then click “Submit”.

        Googling it turns up the offer on this page – look under “AAdvantage offers”:

        Though the page is for Belgium, and I can’t get a similar page to load for the UK. When looking at offers while logged in, nothing remotely similar turns up.

        Another hit from Google says you can get up to 2000 bonus miles, but that’s from 31/1/13 and mentions subscribing to other options that are either differently named now or don’t exist.

        I’ve just tried again now – I still cannot subscribe to anything as clicking Submit doesn’t do anything (and I updated my browser recently!). Clicking away and back to the page shows that the settings weren’t saved – for any option!

        • Simon says:

          Hi Trevor,

          I just tried it now and had the same problem with the site you are having, I got this link to work using IE for me, my country at the top of the AA site had defaulted to USA at the time as well, not sure if that made a difference though.

          • Trevor says:

            Thanks, Simon, glad it’s not just me!

            I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get this to work now, but have just tried again following your experience. May as well chase the AA points if Avios don’t want me to have a happy birthday lol

            I’d also unsuccessfully swapped between UK and US sites previously to see if that made a difference, but not in IE. Strangely, the link you posted gives a different looking subscription page with no tabbed account options along the top. Even more strangely, it says “Your changes have been saved. You will also receive an email confirming your changes.” after I click submit, yet… the options remain unsubscribed! Gggrrr….

            But…, when I log back in to the normal site using Chrome, the settings have updated – result! Super-weird, but at least it’s there now, though probably missed the bonus anyway. Thanks for the tips though.

            PS: Updated my wife’s account in Chrome using your link – the thing in reverse: says setting saved yet showed as unsubscribed, and was only when logging into her account in another browser (IE) that is showed subscribed!