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Global Hotel Alliance drops Avios as a partner – 31 fewer hotel chains to earn at

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On 31st March, Global Hotel Alliance dropped all of its airline partnerships except for Lufthansa Miles & More.

As I wrote in this article last month, Global Hotel Alliance is currently focussed on rolling out its own loyalty scheme, GHA Discovery.  As part of this, they appear to want to persuade more people to join by removing the alternative option of taking a handful of airline miles instead.

The Avios earning rate used to be 500 points per stay, although occasional promotions lifted that to 1,000 Avios.

GHA Global Hotel Alliance

Kempinski is the biggest name on the list of GHA members who you might be using.  We also profiled the Corinthia Hotel in London recently.  Readers in Ireland may also be regular users of The Doyle Collection properties.

You can read more about this decision on the GHA website here.

The full list of members, none of whom will now issue Avios, are:

  • Alila
  • Anantara
  • Art Series
  • Atura
  • Avani
  • Corinthia
  • Doyle Collection
  • First
  • GLO
  • Grace
  • Individual Collection
  • Kempinski
  • Leela
  • Lungarno Collection
  • Marco Polo
  • Meritage
  • Meydan
  • Mokara
  • Omni
  • Pan Pacific
  • PARKROYAL
  • Per AQUUM
  • QT Hotels
  • Rixos
  • Rydges
  • Shaza
  • Tangram
  • Thon
  • Tivoli
  • Ultratravel
  • Viceroy

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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 (3)

  • Phillip says:

    This doesn’t mean that individual hotels in the chain don’t still offer Avios or airmiles in general. Not in all cases, but it’s always worth checking.

    • Rob says:

      In theory that is true, but I was struggling to think of one!

      • Phillip says:

        What’s also interesting, is that individual chains have selectively removed particular programmes. For example, Pan Pacific, have removed 10 odd airline partners including BA, but kept 9 others including QF and SQ.

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