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More deals when you redeem for hotel stays

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In general, redeeming Avios for hotel points is not a great deal.  There is nothing wrong with the selection of hotels they offer, but you will generally only receive a touch over 0.55p per point.  You should be able to do far better than that from a flight redemption.

The other snag when using Avios for hotels is that you will not receive hotel loyalty points or status benefits on your stay.  In theory.  Sometimes you will but you should not rely on it.  This makes paying cash even more attractive.

What makes a difference is when Avios negotiates an aggressive deal with a particular hotel.  This is often possible because is seen as a ‘membership site’ (ie the public cannot book without signing up) and so hotels can dump excess capacity there without being exposed to ‘best rate guarantee’ claims.

This is a sample of deals currently available:

Coconut Court Beach Hotel, Barbados ***

From 6,300 Avios + £685 for 7 nights room only for 2 people in a Deluxe ocean front double room

Compare with:  Expedia – £1,367 (Avios price cheaper by 47%), BA Holidays – £1,185 (Avios price cheaper by 39%), – £1,324 (Avios price cheaper by 46%)

Capella Marigot Bay

Capella Marigot Bay, St Lucia ***** (photo above)

From 16,300 Avios + £1,550 for 7 nights with full American breakfast for 2 people in a resort view twin room

Compare with:  Expedia – £2,829 (Avios price cheaper by 42%), – £3,059 (Avios price cheaper by 47%), – £2,829 (Avios price cheaper by 42%)

Turim, Lisbon ****

From 3,450 Avios + £175  for 3 nights with a hot buffet breakfast for 2 people in a standard double / twin room

Compare with: BA Holidays – £321  (Avios price cheaper by 40%), – £494 (Avios price cheaper by 61%), – £491 (Avios price cheaper by 60%)

It is amusing how is so keen to show how much cheaper it is than BA Holidays.

In all cases, you can choose to pay with more Avios and less cash if you wish – although the delta is the usual 0.55p – 0.6p so you may want to use as few Avios as you can.

You certainly won’t find many hotel deals on to be as good as these but they are available.  The three deals above are definitely bookable at the moment.

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 (2)

  • Craig Vassie says:

    You can get a good non-Avios deal from the Coconut Court by approaching them directly. Great hotel directly on the beach. Lovely people. They offer all-inclusive for a small extra charge too.

  • Rob says:

    Didn’t know that page existed to be honest! Avios has been sending me the info directly.

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