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If you have a British Airways American Express card and are opted into emails, you should have received details yesterday of a tie-up between online hotel booker and American Express.

It is a very good deal.

You will receive 5,000 bonus Avios points for ANY hotel booking made via before September 30th.  The stay itself does not have to be made until July 1st 2016.

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The stay must be paid for with a British Airways American Express card.

You can only earn the bonus once per person.

Anyone can take part, even if they are an existing customer.

You must register in advance for this deal via this link here.

You can see that there are some exceptionally good deals to be had here.  For a random July weekday in Sheffield I had no problem finding a number of decent hotels for under £50 – all of which would earn you at least 5,200 Avios points.

If you value an Avios point at 1p, this offer even creeps into ‘mattress run’ territory.  It may be worth booking a cheap room, checking in and leaving immediately with no intention of spending the night.  That said, I’m pretty sure that most HfP readers could divert one night to a booking over the next few months.

There is also a generous cumulative promotion for bigger spenders which could earn up to 20,000 additional Avios points.

The cumulative bonus is based on your spending with over July, August and September.  It is based on booking and not stay date, which can be as far out as 1 July 2016, although you will not receive the Avios until after your stay.

The bonus below does NOT require you to use a British Airways American Express card and is open to anyone who is a member of British Airways Executive Club.  The cumulative bonuses you can earn are:

3,000 Avios if you spend £250 – £499

10,000 Avios if you spend £500 – £999

20,000 Avios if you spend £1,000+

This is on top of the 5,000 bonus Avios points you earn with your first BA Amex-funded booking.

As usual with and its competitors PointsHound and Rocketmiles, you should check competing sites before you book.  They will not always be the cheapest every time, but if you factor in the value of the Avios points then they should be very competitive.  Business users should note that none of the sites above can provide VAT receipts – if that is an issue, you should wait until you need to book a hotel outside of the EU.

You must register for this promotion in order to receive the bonus Avios.  If you don’t have a BA Amex card, you can register for this promotion on its own here.  BA Amex cardholders will be automatically registered when signing up for the ‘5,000 Avios in one stay’ promotion.

If you do not have a British Airways American Express card, you could think of this promotion as an additional 5,000 Avios sign-up bonus.  You would receive your card within 7-10 days of applying which would give you plenty of time to make a booking via this promotion.

My review of the free BA Amex is here and my review of the Premium Plus fee-paying version is here.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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 (59)

  • Stuart says:

    The comment regarding no VAT receipt is this because they are prepaid rates? Can the hotel not issue a receipt on checkout? It’s been along time since I booked a hotel via a OLA

    • Rob says:

      It is because these companies are all based outside the EU and they are buying your room – no VAT – and then reselling it to you, effectively. I think.

      • ankomonkey says:

        This is certainly correct with Kaligo (Singapore based). I had this conversation with them and separately with my work Finance team.

      • RICO says:

        Hotel rooms are always subject to VAT in the country in which the hotel is located – EU rules of supply.

        Services are generaly taxed in the location of the supplier when they are selling to a consumer or the customer when the sale is to a business. Exceptions being – services relating to land (including hotels), transport, events and electronically transmitted services – YAWN.

        There is probaly no VAT receipt because the supplier is not registered for VAT or making a supply under the Tour Operators Margin scheme which prevents the issuing of VAT invoices.

  • Roger says:

    I didn’t get the e-mail from BAEC (opted in, have the BAPP card) so I registered using Raffles’s link.

    My Kaligo and BAEC e-mail addresses are different. Could there be a problem matching the earned Avios? (I’ve read of such problems with promos in the US.) Or should I re-register using the same address for both?

    (Nerdy problem: my main e-mail address is being enhanced away from me – thank you, Virgin Media 🙁 – so I have been registering new promos with a new address. I will ultimately have to move all senders to my address, if I can even remember many of them.)


    • Rob says:

      Doubt it is an issue – the 5,000 bonus Avios are provided by, not Amex, and you give them your BAEC number during the booking process.

  • Gabbai says:

    The rates shown by Kaligo on the search page are before any taxes and fees. I checked out the Hilton Dusseldorf and got a rate of EU98 and 5600 AVIOS. That rate however jumps to EU109 when the taxes etc are added in. The rate on the |Hilton website is EU90 including all taxes. The 5600 AVIOS are certainly worth EU21 but then having use of the Executive Lounge and quite likely getting a Hilton Gold upgraded room makes it a very close calculation. For anyone who doesn’t want the AVIOS or have Hilton status, Kaligo is 21% more expensive but I guess someone has to pay for the AVIOS bonus!

    • Sebastian, COO says:

      Hi Gabbai, sorry to hear about your experience. We do have our system set to display rates fully inclusive of taxes and fees for all users logging in from the UK. Is it possible that you accessed the site from a different location?

      • Sorrelle says:

        I am also logging in from UK and have the same problem as Gabbai.

      • Peter K says:

        Hi Sebastian, Just checked if supplementary cards also would get the bonus 5000 Avios or just main cards? Thanks.

        • Rob says:

          I’m not sure that would actually know it was a supplementary card! All they see is a unique card number.

        • Sebastian, COO says:

          Hi Peter,

          All BA Amex cards are eligible so you can use the offer on supplementary cards as well. Please do note that it’s limited to one per registered email address so if you are using different cards please use different email addresses as well.

          Kind regards,


  • Mike says:

    Ok, so suggestions for the cheapest night anywhere in the world in July for a book and no show to gain the 5000 avios ? So far its Barnsley on 12 July for £42

  • Rich says:

    Thanks. Timely, as I was just about to book a stopover hotel for my drive down to the Alps.

    I managed to get a HIX for £63. Still £6 more than available elsewhere, but obviously worth it for the 5200 Avios.

    I can’t imagine why anyone would book through them when there’s no bonus on, though? High prices, and the information about the hotels is pretty scant – you need to search elsewhere if you want to know anything about the hotel!

    I’m still looking (unsuccessfully) for any decent priced hotel with Rocketmiles. Very little that makes sense, even with 5000 United miles.

  • Colin JE says:

    Is it just me or is anyone else having difficulty registering for this promo. The URL keeps forwarding to a slightly different address which just has the Ts & Cs. My registration isn’t showing on my account so I’ve contacted Cust Svcs to see if they’d register me manually, as they have in the past. Seems like a great offer. Now I just need to find a reason for a hotel stay somewhere, especially if it’s Barnsley!
    As a matter of interest, what happens if you book a hotel and never show up? Do you still get the points anyway?

    • Henrik says:

      Would also be interested.

      Btw, I signed up, but don’t see the 5k bonus when searching just the base 200 points or similar. Will it credit you when you pay with your BAPP or am I missing something?

      • Rich says:

        I saw the 5000 points when searching, and it showed on my booking confirmation. (This was my first booking at Kaligo.)

    • Rob says:

      Odd. The URL in the article is the ‘direct’ one so it is not down to us. FWIW, it works fine for me.

    • Peter K says:

      I’m having the same problem. No registration page, just T’s and C’s. Logged in just in case and still no joy.

      • Peter K says:

        Ah. Found what may be the problem. The first link in the article works, the second further down does not. Try using the first one just above the picture!

        • Rob says:

          The first link is for BA Amex cardholders. This registers you for the 5,000 Avios AND the cumulative 20k promotion.

          The second link, below the picture, is for BAEC members who are NOT BA Amex cardholders. This only registers you for the 20k cumulative promotion.

          • Henrik says:

            But am I supposed too see the 5k? Sorry if I’m slow.

            If no show still counts towards your 5k, I found £21 hotel night in HCMC, Vietnam.

          • Rob says:

            Not sure. Until you put in your card number, how do they know you have a BA Amex? I’m sure one of the team will chip in once the sun rises in Singapore.

          • What's the Point says:

            I agree, I can only seem to get the 20k offer to work. Its the only one showing on my wife’s account.
            The first link just loops me to the T&Cs.

  • TJ says:

    These guys must be buying Avios for a pittance

  • LondonFoodie says:

    I was actually able to find a rate cheaper than at the Park-Inn in CPH.
    Guess it varies by hotel and by chain.

    • Gastroinn says:

      I booked a HIX at the Channel Tunnel for £68 at end sept and got 5200 avios so a good deal but noted that Kaligos home page showed rooms from £60 but when trying to book the cheapest was £68??? Incidently IHG rewards club offered same room at £57 but stuck with Kaligo for the avios bonus

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