Back in September I reported that hotel booking site Rocketmiles was now partnering with British Airways Executive Club to offer Avios points when you booked a hotel with them.
BA has just launched a new partnership along the same lines with Kaligo (www.kaligo.com).
There is a very generous bonus of 3,000 – 10,000 Avios available with your first hotel booking!
Kaligo is a Singapore-based company which is already partnering with American Airlines, Air Asia, Asia Miles, Jet Privilege and US Airways Dividend Miles. The new tie-up with Avios is their first partnership with a European airline.
Kaligo has an inventory of over 300,000 hotels worldwide predominantly in the 3-star to 5-star range.
As with Rocketmiles and Pointshound, the company is effectively rebating part of its commission to you in the form of Avios points. You can earn up to 20 Avios points per £1 spent which is a very decent earnings rate.
Earn 3,000 – 10,000 Avios with your first booking
To celebrate their new partnership with Avios, Kaligo is offering 3,000 or 10,000 Avios with your first booking. This is on top of the standard Avios points you would receive from them.
You will receive 3,000 Avios if your first booking is for £999 or less. Bookings of over £1,000 will receive 10,000 bonus Avios. If you booked a hotel which paid their highest rate of 20 Avios per £1, you would collect 30,000 Avios from a £1,000 booking!
As I noted when I wrote about Rocketmiles, the key to using third party booking services like Kaligo is to be smart. If you book a chain property, you will not receive points or stay credit in the hotels own loyalty scheme for your stay – although you would usually receive points on your incidental spend. You may or not receive status benefits – Hilton is very good about giving you status benefits however you book, other chains less so.
You need to do a trade-off between any potential loss of hotel points and status benefits versus the Avios you will receive from Kaligo. Given their generous 3,000 or 10,000 Avios incentive for your first booking – on top of their standard Avios earning – it seems to be worth giving them a trial.
Here are the rules for the 3,000 – 10,000 bonus Avios promotion:
You must register with Kaligo via this special sign-up page
You must make your first booking by 31 January 2015
Your stay can be for any date although you will not receive the Avios until after your stay
You can only earn the bonus once
I am due to have a chat with the CEO of Kaligo today and hope to run a short interview later in the week.