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Earn up to 20,000 bonus Avios with a new hotel promotion

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Hotel booking site has launched a fantastic new promotion which can earn you up to 20,000 bonus Avios for hotel bookings made before 20th June.

You must be a British Airways American Express cardholder to participate.

There are two good things about the way this offer is structured:

The bonus you receive is based on CUMULATIVE spending up to 20th June.  You don’t have to hit the target in one booking.

ANYONE take part, even if they are already registered with and even if they earned a bonus from their previous promotion.  The only condition is that you are a British Airways American Express cardholder.

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If you are NOT already a British Airways American Express cardholder, you have plenty of time to apply, receive your card and book before the 20th June deadline.  My review of the free BA Amex card is here (comes with 9,000 free Avios) and the £195 card here (comes with 25,000 Avios).

The bonuses you can earn are:

5,000 Avios if you spend £250

10,000 Avios if you spend £500

20,000 Avios if you spend £1,000

This is on top of the usual 5-20 Avios points you earn with your booking.  You only receive one of the three bonuses, based on your cumulative spending up to 20th June.  Your stays can be at any point up to 20th June 2017 – you only need to book before 20th June 2016 – although you only receive the bonus after all of the stays are complete.

As usual with, 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.

Note that now shows you competing prices from Expedia and the hotel itself during the booking process.  It is now quite clear where offers good value – and, indeed, where it doesn’t.  This is a very impressive move by the company especially as they are not cheaper much of the time.

You must register for this promotion in order to receive the bonus Avios.  The link to register is here.

Remember that you MUST book with a British Airways American Express card.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (24)

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  • Danksy says:

    Just need to factor in whether a week in a Sofitel is best booked direct or via this route for avios? Trade off is I guess the honouring of loyalty schemes, but for 20k avios I may be persuaded

    • Simmo says:

      With Accor (maybe i’ve been lucky Gatwick/Heathrow) but they’ve always given me the lounge/upgrade at check-in when booking with Lastminute secret deals. Of course no loyalty points given.

  • Choons says:

    I find it very odd that the site only shows 5 hotels in Barbados for the Feb half-term and all are sold out.

    • Rob says:

      Little need for hotels to dump inventory into wholesale channels (where Kaligo gets its rooms) if you can sell it direct for full price. Some rooms change hands 5-6 times before they are sold to you, room wholesaling is a crazy business. The hotel often genuinely has not heard of the company who sold you the room, because they sold a block of a few hundred to a major wholesaler who broke it up and resold it, and then often broken down further and further.

      • Choons says:

        Thanks – good to get an insight into how it all works.

        • Junyang ( says:

          Hi Choons,

          Can you let me know what dates and destination you were searching for specifically and I will take a look into it? You can email us at


  • Surbhi says:

    Do the bookings have to be made before 20th June or the stays have to be completed by then too?

  • Simmo says:

    Just priced up a room in Phuket for later in the year.
    £35 more (over 4 nights) than booking direct with the hotel, but 12,000 Avios – Decent deal!

    • Choons says:

      Prices in that area of Thailand seem really good value for hotels, I have noticed. Both there and Orlando seem to offer great value.

  • Chrismors says:

    Nice work, just cancelled all my hotels in Florida for my trip next week and rebooked them via Kaligo, hello 20,000 avios points! Kaligo seems to work well for US hotels but can’t vouch for elsewhere

  • John says:

    Utterly OT but if anyone wants Michael O’Leary’s thoughts on ground transportation…

  • Mycity says:

    I can’t see with hotels how to book say a club room at the Intercontinental they just don’t come up on the list, despite the fact that there is availability on the hotel site. Am I missing something?

    • Rob says:

      The hotel may well not have released club rooms to wholesalers, or at least not at the discounts required for to resell them profitably.

      • Junyang ( says:

        Hi Mycity,

        Which hotel would this be?


        • Mycity says:

          I looked at the Crowne Plaza Wafujing in Beijing, for September this year, I also looked at the Duxton Hotel Perth WA in January 17, neither hotel have club rooms showing

  • Trent says:

    It’s a crying shame that those of us in the Republic of Ireland don’t have access to any British Airways Credit Cards. I love the Kaligo 20,000 Avios promotions and have always managed 10,000 or 20,000 with it, but as it’s been so long my last couple of thousand Euro were spent with Rocketmiles as they had higher earning rates and in one case a specific hotel I wanted that Kaligo didn’t have. I shouldn’t complain though, it really is a first world problem 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Aer Club launches in July, pretty sure there is going to be an Avios credit card attached.

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