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Earn up to 15,000 Avios booking hotels via Agoda PointsMAX

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Avios has teamed up with hotel booking site Agoda to offer additional points on hotel bookings made via their PointsMAX scheme.

Agoda is a Hotels.com-style hotel booking website, originally launched in Asia.  It was acquired by Priceline and is now a sister company to booking.com.  We have covered PointsMAX on Head for Points before – you may remember that Anika used it to book a hotel in Split last Summer.

The new promotion is only valid for bookings made via the special Agoda / Avios booking page here.

The small print implies that points can be credited to either British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus or avios.com.  However, the booking form asks for your Avios number which potentially implies avios.com only.

The standard earnings rate is 2 Avios per $1 equivalent spent.  Under this offer the Avios you earn seems to vary wildly between 3 and 8 per £1 spent.  You can allegedly earn up to 15,000 Avios per night but that would require a wildly expensive suite I think!

The key thing to know about Agoda is that you generally pay a higher price for your room if you use the PointsMAX feature.

This is tucked away in the small print:

“The rates for PointsMAX bookings may be different from regular bookings at the same conditions”

…. but you can easily miss it.  You should therefore double check Agoda’s standard price as well as the direct booking price for the hotel you are considering.

Annoyingly, you won’t see the ‘no points’ price on Agoda when using the special Avios website link.  You will need to use the Agoda homepage here.

These special Avios earning rates are valid for bookings until 31st March for stays until 31st June.

The special Avios / Agoda booking page is here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 sign-up 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 (45)

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  • Snickolai warlovaga says:

    I think this is a really bad “deal”

    I looked into some hotels in Sri Lanka, and compared the prices for the exact same ones on th same days against booking.com.

    At first it appears Agoda actually has a cheaper rate – but when I clicked to the reservation page they price bumped up 20% to include taxes and fees.

    The end result would have been paying £11 more for the reservation in order to get 750 avios. Really rubbish lol.

  • Andrew says:

    I am a 100 per cent leisure traveller and find the best deals on booking.com with a greater selection and better prices than on hotels.com . I am intrigued to know who pays the higher rates on Kaligo, Rocketmiles , etc to gain the miles. Presumably business travellers but don’t they get a grilling from their bosses as to why they have paid over the odds?

    • Rob says:

      They are not always higher. They buy the rooms wholesale at huge discounts from Tourico etc and mark them up to match current selling prices. This funds the miles.

      They are not making the usual 10% agent commission.

  • Richmond says:

    I checked standard Agoda and BA Agoda (link given in comments) and second one is a bit cheaper and offers avios.

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