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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.


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)

  • 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.