Avios (via Iberia Plus) and IHG Rewards Club have joined forces to offer you 500 Avios points for signing up – no stay required.
IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty programme for Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo etc. A lot of Head for Points readers will already be IHG Rewards Club members – but perhaps there are members of your family, perhaps people with whom you share a British Airways Executive Club household account, who are not?
Now, before I go on, a quick confession. Back in July, IHG ran a similar offer with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club. The offer was very badly described by Virgin. On their website, it said you got 500 miles just for joining. On the IHG landing page, it also said you got 500 miles just for joining. In the small print – which I missed when I wrote about it – it said that you had to join up AND STAY to get the 500 miles.
There is no such doubt here. The small print, and indeed the large print, makes it clear that NO STAY IS REQUIRED. All you need to do is:
sign up for IHG Rewards Club via this page of their website
set up your profile so that you earn Iberia Plus Avios and not IHG Rewards Club points from your stays
and do it before 31st December
When do you get the Avios?
The wording is suitably vague:
“Avios will automatically be awarded by Airline partners on completion of Registration, and in any event before 15th February 2018”
…. but there is a good chance they arrive quickly.
Remember …. you need an Iberia Plus account
This offer ONLY works with Iberia Plus accounts. If you don’t have one, go over to the Iberia website and join.
Once the 500 Avios have arrived, you can use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them from Iberia Plus to your avios.com or British Airways Executive Club account.
You cannot transfer Avios out of Iberia Plus until the Iberia account is 90 days old. If you join Iberia Plus as a new member today, and even if IHG posts your 500 Avios quickly, you won’t be able to move them across to BA until early January.
Get a fast track to IHG Gold status too
There is also a ‘fast track to Gold’ offer. If you complete three nights at IHG hotels in the 90 days following registration, you will be upgraded. Gold would usually require 10 nights.
This isn’t hugely beneficial, since you can get free Gold status by getting the free IHG Rewards Club credit card (representative APR 18.9%) – no spending required. There are not many benefits to being Gold, although you will get a few hundred bonus points and usually a free drink or snack on every stay.
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.
(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.)