Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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

Agoda is a hotel booking website, originally launched in Asia.  It was acquired by Priceline and is now a sister company to  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  However, the booking form asks for your Avios number which potentially implies 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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points 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:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

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:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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)

  • Hosup says:

    Rate in agoda is not quite that expensive especailly when they have recent promo code with 10% discount!

  • Tony says:

    I’ve been keeping a close eye on PointsMAX for a few weeks now as I required to book a sixteen night stay in Thailand for late May 2017.

    Wasn’t impressed with the offer in the slightest. Regular price of the hotel was £760 or £940 to earn a total of 13,000 Avios, so I settled on the regular price. There are cheaper ways to earn 13,000 Avios.

  • Genghis says:

    Dont forget the usual cash / points back sites

    • James67 says:

      Or calling hotels directly whereby even greater savings can be made and points and benefits still received if part of a chain.

      • Ro says:

        Never tried that… good tip

        • James67 says:

          In the past it never seemed to work but I’ve had 2 out of 3 successes in the past month. When I call I stress that I want in-house reservations or confereence and events office, just speaking to a harried receptionist is probably not a good idea.

          • Alan says:

            For long stays you can often negotiate a really good deal – I did with the Doubletree Dundee, good rate plus £15 daily dining credit that rolled over if unused 🙂

      • Alan says:

        Plus they’ll sometimes chuck in breakfast when you would otherwise have to pay 🙂

  • Jovanna says:

    OT: Currently at the Barclay IC in New York. I have IHG Ambassador. I really don’t know if I was upgraded or not. I booked an Executive King. At reception I was told that I had been upgraded to ‘a much nicer room than an Executive’. The trouble is, my room looks like an Executive. It matches the description of an Executive King. It is on the corner of the building though, so I’ve a double aspect, with two windows.

    As Ambassador you should receive a guaranteed room upgrade: ‘enjoy an immediate upgrade to a superior room (one category higher than purchased).

    Is that the Hilton definition of superior? I’ve no idea what the next higher category is.

    • Charlie says:

      I think the category higher stipulation is open to abuse by hotels. It sounds like you were ‘upgraded’ to a corner room.

      • Jovanna says:

        That’s what I thought. Nothing wrong with the room – all quite pleasant and clean – but when something is guaranteed and you paid for it etc…

        • YL says:

          Are you on a paid stay or reward stay?
          Unfortunately, IC Barclay hasn’t got a good reputation of treating Elite members, I stayed 2 nights (paid) last year and it really was as bad as it was described on flyertalk. It does’t sounds like they have improved yet..
          If you search the site you can also find Rob’s review.

    • Genghis says:

      On IHG Ambassador, any expectations what I should receive as a Ambassador Spire Elite at Intercontinental Amstel (Amsterdam) on a reward stay?

      • Rob says:

        I’ve had decent upgrades on my last 2 stays but there were booked at short notice. I read that they tend to upgrade to ‘same side’ so you don’t get canal if you don’t book canal. I did a review once.

    • YL says:

      Did you get the standard toiletries? Or Casswell Massey?
      I believe Barclay room comes with the latter. By the way I hope you got your fruits & water without need to select them as amenity!

      • YL says:

        oops this reply meant for Jovanna..

      • Jovanna says:

        Toiletries are branded ‘Agrarja’ of San Francisco.

        At check in I was offered fruit or 1500 points or a $20 minibar credit. I opted for the fruit as I was a little under the weather. This arrived later with 2 bottles of water. Looks like I’ve dipped out of the welcome amenity.

  • Anna says:

    The avios e-shopping site has as a partner, and their prices are much better than, say, Kaligo, and no different from their non-avios prices. Plus you can pay on arrival and cancel up till near your travel date on most of the hotels. You also get a free night for every 10 that you book. For me it’s by far the best hotel booking site in terms of rewards, I’ve just booked 3 separate stays at 8 avios per £1 spent and nearly earned my free night!

    Note – as I recall, you can’t use Amex to reserve your stay, but just make sure you book a hotel that accepts Amex and pay with that when you get there.

  • Anna says:

    I also used it at with a £650 furniture spend and have been credited with over 2,500 avios even though the advertised rate was 2 per £1. I hope they don’t take them away! Also £6.50 in Tesco vouchers plus nearly 1000 Amex avios and my drawers have nearly paid for themselves!

  • JamesW says:

    Having had a look I can’t find any deals (not looked at them all by any stretch of the imagination) whereby the headline figure of Avios given during the search process is equalled once you select the hotel & look at the room choices.
    One example said earn 10,250 Avios (at ‘x’ hotel) after I’d searched Krakow for 2 nights. Once I selected that hotel and looked at the room rates & their corresponding Avios earning they were nowhere near 10,250 – even when looking at the priciest, highest category room.

    No doubt they are giving Avios but are being seriously misleading.

    • Anna says:

      Have you tried filtering by number of avios offered? You can then tell straight away whether it’s worth looking at the hotel.

  • James67 says:

    OT but hotels: I’m tempted to book a couple of good value courtyard and moxxy stays with SPG points via marriott. I have no experience of either brand so would appreciatd any feedback on potential gold status benefits please? From marriott reward pages it appears that statys benefits only seem to aplply to the higher brands.

    • Kirill says:

      Search for “hotel name +flyertalk” to get a good idea of what to expect

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.