avios.com launches ‘50% off hotel sale’ – any good?

avios.com has launched an ‘up to 50% off hotel sale’.  You need to book by September 14th but you can stay at any point up to the end of the year.

The avios.com page you need is here.

The first thing to note is that the home page above implies that you can only use a mix of cash and Avios.  This is not the case – you can use 100% Avios to book.  The second thing you will notice is that the selection is not exactly huge.

Let’s see if the deals stack up.

Avios hotel sale

Firstly, I picked good old Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, where I have spent a lot of time in the past.  This is a clever choice of hotel – you pay 65% less than an equivalent beach hotel but are given passes to use the beach, kids club, pools etc at Madinat Jumeirah and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.  This deal is going away in January 2015, however.

The Dubai discount is ‘up to 20%’.  For 25-29 October avios.com quoted 149,250 Avios or £821 bed and breakfast.  That works out at 0.55p per Avios if you pay with Avios.

Jumeirah’s own website quotes Dh 5,376 including tax, or £888.  This rate EXCLUDES breakfast, however, which will be expensive.  Assuming £50 per day for breakfast for two people, you would be saving 25%.

Secondly, I looked at Courtyard Vienna Schoenbrunn in Vienna.  This advertises a 50% discount when booking a 3-night stay.  For 5-8 November, avios.com quotes £109 or 19,300 Avios points (0.56p per Avios) for a double with breakfast.

On marriott.com, the hotel is charging €67 per day ROOM ONLY.  That is £160 for a 3-day stay.  The hotel charges €16 per person for breakfast which would take the total to £237.  The avios.com hotel sale does genuinely save you over 50%.

Slightly to my own surprise, I have to concede that the avios.com hotel sale does look pretty good.

A different question is whether you should pay with cash or with Avios points.  Receiving 0.55p per Avios point is very poor, to put it mildly.  However if you are Avios rich you do at least have the option.

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  1. Erico1875 says:

    You can get the b+b rate down to 767 if you book through Trivago.co.uk -. AMOMA.com

  2. So even if you book now for 2015 you won’t receive passes to the beach and wadi water park at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai? Are there similar hotels in Dubai which offer this kind of access to better facilities if you are willing to take a shuttle bus?

    • This is what avios.com said, I have not double checked with the Jumeirah site. They withdrew unlimited Wild Wadi access in 2014 though.

      Only other options I know are Grosvenor House (can access Le Meridien) and of course Hilton Exec Apartments which are connected by a bridge across the main road to the beachside Hilton. Neither of these beach resorts are Jumeirah standard though.

    • erico1875 says:

      Its a few years back but the Sheraton used to give beach club access if you stayed in one of their other hotels other than the Jumeirah Beach one. I have no idea if it still applies

  3. You need to be careful about factoring in the cost of breakfast. Perhaps it’s different in Dubai, but in Vienna, you would only need to walk around the corner to some bakery or cafe and get a decent breakfast there for less than half the price of what the hotel is charging.

    • True, which is why I wrote that Vienna bit as I did. Dubai does not work that way and, in any event, I felt anyone splashing out for a very plush 5 star would want the accompanying breakfast!

  4. Two hotels in the Maldives look very good value

  5. Looks like deals are for 2 people sharing only….when you add in a couple of kids the deals aren’t available

  6. Can anyone tell me if BA / Avios are due another redemption sale on flights? I am hoping to go to Bermuda in 2.5 weeks, and don’t know whether to book now or hold off for a bit?
    Any insider info or insights would be very much appreciated.
    Thanks all.

    • olireaction says:

      If the reward flights are available, its always prudent to book now because they could disappear at any time.

  7. The two you mention are good but I rather like the look of the Atlantic in Jersey. I dont have many Avios but can pay £240 via avios.com compared to £300 on booking.com
    Agree Maldives look good but rather out of my price range!!!!!!

    • Stayed at the Atlantic about 10 years ago after its massive refurb. It was at the time the best run UK hotel I had ever stayed in. Basic rooms not huge but great views from the sea view side, beds face the huge windows. Ugly building but can’t win them all. Easy walk down to the massive and deserted beach.

  8. @Raffles –
    Off topic I know but I coudn’t find where else to post this.
    I read your post on Rocketmiles where you said they don’t do Avios. Not true now – see:
    If you have updated since, apologies, but I couldn’t see any recent references to Rocketmiles and Avios.
    Regards, Mark

    • There is a post in the queue! It keeps getting pushed back, it was going to lead tomorrow but now the Virgin sale has pushed it back at least one more day.