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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.

agoda points max website start page

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.

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Comments (45)

  • 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.