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Last week we covered a triple miles promotion that Accor is running with Flying Blue and Miles & More.
An Avios version has now launched. This allows you to earn triple Avios on every stay.
The stay period is generously long – up to 30th June.
There are two other positive points:
the last booking date is also 30th June, so the promo will still work on last minute stays, and
there is no minimum stay requirement
This promotion is running with both Iberia and British Airways Executive Club. You should sign up to the Iberia version.
Why? For historical reasons which predate Avios, Accor has a very generous deal with Iberia Plus. Accor points convert at 1:1 into Iberia Plus Avios. They only convert at 2:1 into British Airways Avios. You will earn twice as many Avios by selecting Iberia rather than BA as your partner for this offer.
This is what you have to do:
Take a look at the promotion rules here
Change the settings on your Le Club AccorHotels account from earning points to earning miles
WARNING: If you already have a pot of 3,000+ Accor points, they will be converted into Iberia Avios immediately. If you want to save your existing points for a hotel discount voucher then do NOT take part in this promotion.
Select Iberia Plus as your preferred airline – NOT British Airways! (You will obviously have to open an Iberia Plus account at iberia.com if you don’t have one. New members of Iberia Plus must wait 90 days before they can transfer Avios across to British Airways or avios.com)
Book and stay before 30th June. Existing bookings made before 27th March do not count and should be rebooked.
The ‘triple Avios’ is based on what you would earn as a ‘Classic’ base level member, ie 2.5 points per Euro. This means that you would earn 7.5 Avios in Iberia Plus per €1 spent which is a very attractive rate. Status members would earn even more.
Note that the earning rate is lower at Ibis, Ibis Styles and Adagio. You only earn 1 per €1. At Adagio Access you earn 0.5 per €1. This means that a ‘Classic’ member would be earning 3 Avios per €1.
This deal could work out very nicely. Let’s imagine that you are spending £500 at a Novotel for a week. That would be €600 which would earn you 4,500 Avios in Iberia Plus. A status member would do even better.
Everyone who earns bonus miles during this promotion will also be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning 40,000 Avios.
Is this promotion better than taking Accor points?
You should be clear about what you are giving up when you take part.
Accor points are worth 2 Eurocents each. You can convert them into €40 Accor vouchers whenever you reach 2,000.
Under this Avios offer, you will be receiving 3 Avios instead of earning 1 Accor point. This means that you are buying Avios at 2/3rd of a Eurocent each, which I think is a very good deal.
It is also worth remembering that €40 of Accor hotel voucher is not worth as much as €40 in cash. You also need a minimum of 2,000 Accor points before you can turn them into vouchers, whereas this Avios offer kicks in however few points you earn. Unless you are Avios-rich and would prefer to take the Accor vouchers, I would go with Iberia.
Full details of the ‘Sweet Pillows World Tour’ offer can be found here. Registration is not required.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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