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Get 3,000 Avios with your first hotel booking

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here. is a hotel booking site which lets you earn Avios points on every booking, irrespective of the chain.

They have run some excellent promotions in the past and I believe that more are on the way.  If you have not used them before and need a hotel over the next week or so, however, you could do worse than take advantage of their current promotion.

You will receive 3,000 bonus Avios points – on top of the standard Avios earned from your stay – on your first booking.

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There is no minimum spend or stay length.

You must book before 31st December but your stay can be at any point until 6th October 2016.

You need to register with at this page before booking. has an excellent reputation for posting points promptly and you will receive your Avios a few days after check-out.

Pricing can vary wildly compared to other sites so do double check other places before you book.  Much of the time they match other sites but occasionally it is more expensive.  That said, for a cheap one night stay it is unlikely that any price difference would outweigh the value of the 3,000 Avios.

You will not earn points or stay credit with the hotel itself because this is treated as a third party booking.  You will also not receive a VAT invoice for stays at EU hotels which may be an issue if you are a small business.

If you can work around the issues above, though, this is a good little bonus to top up your Avios account.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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 (26)

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  • Trent says:

    I’ve booked with Kaligo on 5 occasions over this year and have managed to net 46,700 Avios. On virtually every occasion, the price was the same as the hotel web site or so similar as to not warrant any kind of hand wringing. I’ve only booked when it’s been 100% certain I am going somewhere so I’ve had no experience with cancelling or changing a booking. All the rooms were what I expected and I never had any issue whatsoever on check in at the hotel. My points have all posted within a week to my Executive Club account. I highly recommend the site! I have forthcoming bookings in January and will continue to use them for my hotel bookings in future.

    On the comments above about Head for Points “advertising” Kaligo – for me, I rely on the site to alert me to promotions that I can take advantage of so I see no issue with that at all – quite the opposite in fact.

  • czechoslovakia says:

    Cheers Rob, Had a 5000 IHG point break booked near to PRG. Cancelled that and paid £52 for the better Marriott actually opposite the terminal (my preferred overnighter) with 3200 avios. Kaligo price competitive with Marriott direct and the usual Kayak options etc.

    • Zild says:

      My hotel in Moscow worked out slightly cheaper on Kaligo than on the other sites I checked (and bonus points for Kaligo including taxes from the outset!)

  • n says:

    How does Kaligo work?

    I’m tempted to say it scrapes other booking websites and rather than pocketing a full referral commission, it buys avios/points, passes this on to the customer, and pockets a smaller commission?

    I assume this after looking at a hotel (Mercure in Manchester) and finding 23+ listings for types of room for a hotel that actually offers four room types. And the mention of ‘contacting their supplier’ earlier in the comments.

    • Rob says:

      No, that’s not how it works.

      The biggest buyers of hotel rooms in the world are 2-3 companies you have never heard of, eg GTA. Whilst Expedia is a ‘public’ wholesaler (buys rooms in bulk and resells to you) the others are mainly trade wholesalers, supplying tour operators, groups etc. Kaligo (and PointsHound, Rocketmiles and indeed the Avios ‘book hotels with points’ offer) taps into these wholesale room feeds.

      Because the wholesalers buy at massive discounts, Kaligo can still make a good margin by marking up the room to something closer to the price the hotel is selling it for directly.

  • Al says:

    A little generous to suggest that Kaligo matches other website prices much of the time. I really tried to use them during the recent Avios promo, but they were more expensive on every single occasion I looked. On a couple of occasions I swallowed the cost, because I wanted the bonus Avios, but most of the time I simply could not justify the exorbitant rates Kaligo charge. Their mark-up is quite simply uncompetitive, which makes me worry about how long they will be in business- and how safe bookings are.

    • Polly says:

      Al, there are times they are very uncompetitive, and others when they really surprise me. But as with this promo I will always check them before deciding if I am actually buying avios with them or getting a bonus. As I say, on our next trip to Asia , can’t book with them. Booking straight with the hotel.. I have decoded that it’s just not worth paying for avios, unless it’s like that huge prom where we earned almost 60 k on one trip, but cost was minimal, as their price was brilliant at that time.

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