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Bonus Avios offers with Starwood, Melia Hotels and NH Hotels (and The Economist returns)

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As well as the Hilton HHonors promotion I trailed yesterday, Iberia Plus is currently running three other Avios special offers with major hotel groups.

As Avios can be transferred from an Iberia Plus account into a British Airways Executive Club account – as long as the Iberia account is 90 days old – an Iberia promotion is as good as a BA promotion when it comes to increasing your Avios balance.

Here are the three new deals:

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1,000 bonus Avios with a 2+ night Starwood stay

Starwood (Le Meridien, W, Westin, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, St Regis etc) is offering 1,000 bonus Avios points on stays of 2+ nights.

To take part, you need to switch your Starwood Preferred Guest account from earning points to ‘airline direct deposit’ and choose Iberia as your airline partner.

The snag with this offer is that you must book a special rate code, AIRPRO.  You must book via and add AIRPRO in the promotional code box.  Make sure you compare the price to the standard rate without the code, just in case you are being charged extra.

This offer is valid for stays until 31st December 2016.

NH Hotels

1,500 Avios at NH Hotels

NH Hotels is one of those niche European hotel chains that is rarely seen in the UK (although there is one in London) but crops up quite frequently on the continent.  As well as the main NH Hotels brand, the group also includes Hesperia and nhow.

The standard earning rate with NH Hotels, Hesperia and nhow is shown here at  You earn 450 Avios per night for a 5-star, 350 per night for a 4-star and 200 Avios per night for a 2-star.

Until 30th June, you will earn double Avios on a stay which includes a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  All hotels in the chain seem to offer a 3pm check-out and breakfast until noon on Sundays so they are not a bad choice for a weekend break.

Looking at the small print, the text infers that this offer only includes hotels in Spain so the London property may be out but it isn’t totally clear.  More details on the NH / Iberia web page.

Melia Rewards

Double Avios at Melia Hotels International

It is unlikely this deal will work for many HfP readers but I will mention it for completeness.

Melia is offering double Avios for 5+ night stays at Melia or Sol hotels in Spain.  You must book at by the end of June for stays by 15th September.

Full information is on the Melia page of here.

Earn Avios with The Economist

Finally, Iberia has brought back its Economist subscription offer again.

This is not as generous as it has been but remains an OK deal.  For £179 you receive 8,800 Avios and a one year print and digital subscription.

At just over 2p per Avios this is not a great deal in itself – although the self-employed could write off the subscription as a business expense – but it you read the magazine it is not a bad overall package.

The offer runs until the end of June.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 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

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (10)

  • Rob says:

    I maybe about to start a two/three month placement in Spain so thanks for the heads up about Melia definitely switching my stays for double avios.

    • BigDave says:

      If you sign up for Melia Rewards you get 2000 of their points as bonus (but you can’t transfer these to Avios for example) but you can use them right away on getting a discount on a booking (I just did: about 30€ saved) the booking would earn you points anyway which I used Amex for – the ratio is 30 / 100 I think for Iberia Plus avios….

      • BigDave says:

        And I found out just now if you check in online you get an extra 1000 melia points.
        And if its your birthday you get an expiring discount voucher or a free room upgrade on your next visit.

  • Matt says:

    Has anyone received the Avios from the last Economist offer? I seem to recall 15k were offered but no sign of them yet in my account…

    • TGLoyalty says:

      12k and yep posted about a month after signing up

      Would chase as they should have posted by now

  • Londonbus says:

    MAtt – yes. I subscribed in early February – and the points hit my Iberia Plus account about 5 weeks later.

  • Simon Fisher says:

    Am I missing something! How do I actually get the Avios for a booking? I cannot seem to find a link to click through to book a hotel, do I just give them my Iberia card on arrival?

    I am staying in NH Logrono next week. Already booked via, so I suspect will not be valid for this deal.

    • Rob says:

      No, it probably won’t count. However, it never hurts to try. Hand over your BA card at the desk and see what happens.

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