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BA launches a quadruple Avios deal with Hilton – and why you SHOULDN’T sign up

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Click here for our article on Hilton’s current ‘Points Unlimited’ promotion which runs until 2nd May 2021. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

Last week I wrote about the ‘quadruple Avios’ promotion which Iberia has launched in association with Hilton.

British Airways has now launched its own version of the offer as you can see here.

The terms of the deal are identical:

earn double Avios on your first stay

earn triple Avios on your second stay

earn quadruple Avios on your third and subsequent stays

….. until the end of August.

You earn 1 Avios point for every $1 you spend.

However, you should not sign up to this offer.

Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol

Five years after the launch of Avios, Hilton has still not aligned the earnings rate between Iberia and British Airways.

With BA, you earn 1 Avios for every $1 spent

With Iberia, you earn 15 Avios for every $10 spent

You are 50% better off taking Avios in Iberia Plus and then transferring them to BA.

The ONLY exception is this.  There is a cap of 1,000 Avios (pre bonus) per stay with Iberia.  The British Airways cap is 10,000 Avios.  If you will spend more than $1,000, you should credit to BA as you will be better off.

The link to the Iberia offer is here.  Remember to set your Hilton HHonors earning preference to ‘points and miles’ with Iberia Plus as your airline programme of choice.

Earn double points too!

We now know that this promotion doubles up with the current Unlimited Bonus double points offer.

As well as registering for bonus Avios, you should also register for Unlimited Bonus via this link.  I wrote about Unlimited Bonus here.

You will then earn double points for the points bit of ‘points and miles’ as well as double, triple or quadruple miles.  That is not a bad return on your forthcoming Hilton nights.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (45)

  • John thrussell says:

    How about the IHG accelerate? Just had my sign-up and looks quite good.

  • Simon says:

    Mine is exactly the same as last time – I checked with them and they said that can happen. It’s not very exciting so I’m not going for it this quarter.

  • Stuart says:

    If you leave your Hilton option on points and points, does the offer double base points or both points?

    Essentially what are you give up for quad Avios?

    • Alan says:

      You’re only giving up 5 HHonors per USD – the p+p vs p+m amount. You’ll still get the double base points promo.

  • Relaxo says:

    Can I switch to points and miles if my original settings were points & points upon signing up to honors?

    • TimS says:

      Yes, you can switch at any time.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, via your profile

    • Alan says:

      Absolutely – you’ve got until 23:59 MST on the day of checkout to change your earning option. Beware though that your airline earning preference is dependent on your preferred airline programme at the time of booking so if you want to change it you need to do so at the hotel at check-in/check-out.

  • aceman says:

    i have my first hilton stay coming up (just 2 nights), wanting to generate hilton points for the future, I’ve just set my earning to hilton only, is that best, or will I just end up with the same points regardless of double dipping?

    • Alex W says:

      If you are only doing one stay during the period you are giving up 2x 1.5 IB avios per $ for 5 HH per $ if you choose points and points. You would get more value out of the Avios even if you only stay once. Obviously much more value in the avios of you get 3x or 4x.

  • Brian says:

    Do we know for certain we get the double base points and the bonus avios?

    • Alan says:

      Yes, confirmed multiple times by multiple commenters (myself included) 🙂

  • Chris Cannon says:

    Hi Rob,

    just double checking the Hilton Iberia cap of 1000 is pre bonus, so in fact you can earn over 1000 in total with bonus?

    Thanks

    Chris

  • Cuchlainn says:

    I changed my profile HHonors Double Dip Points and Miles to Iberia as my preferred “Travel Partner”, as per Raffles article above – thanks Rob.

    As I do not normally use Hilton I forgot I had 37K HHonors points sitting in my account. After several tedious emails to Hilton CS they have finally confirmed that Iberia is not part of their Exchange Program – any ideas other than converting 30K HHonors to 3K Avios, ?

    • Alan says:

      Probably better making use of them for a cheap hotel night (they do points and cash) than converting I think.