I wanted to remind everyone that the very generous Avios promotion being run by hotel booking group Kaligo.com ends on Wednesday 30th September.
It is a very good deal.
There are two separate promotions although you can earn points from both.
The first promotion is ONLY for holders of a British Airways American Express card.
You will receive 5,000 bonus Avios points for ANY hotel booking made via Kaligo.com by September 30th. The stay itself does not have to be made until July 1st 2016.
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 Kaligo.com 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 October 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 Kaligo.com booking over the next few months.
The second offer is open to everyone and does NOT require you to use a BA Amex to pay.
You could earn up to 20,000 additional Avios points. This is based on your cumulative spending with Kaligo.com 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 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 would earn via the first promotion above, assuming you do have a BA Amex.
As usual with Kaligo.com 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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2024)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.