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.
These special Avios earning rates are valid for bookings until 31st March for stays until 31st June.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(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.)