Bonus Avios offers with Starwood, Melia Hotels and NH Hotels
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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:
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 spg.com 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.
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 iberia.com. 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.
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 melia.com by the end of June for stays by 15th September.
Full information is on the Melia page of iberia.com here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
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
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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.
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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.