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Earn TRIPLE Avios – 9 Avios per €1 – at Melia hotels to promote its new improved earn rate

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The Melia hotel group has changed the way you earn Avios at its hotels.  The company has moved from a flat nightly rate to a revenue based model, and my gut feeling is that most people will earn more Avios this way.

To promote this new deal, Melia is offering a very generous launch offer of 9 Avios per €1 you spend.

This is a good deal.  A £200 spend, excluding taxes, would earn you over 2,000 Avios for example.

About Melia

Melia brands include Gran Melia, Melia, ME, Paradius, INNSIDE, Tryp and Sol.  As well as being the biggest hotel group in Spain, the company has a decent presence elsewhere with 350 hotels in 40 countries.  In the UK you have:

ME London, the Norman Foster designed hotel on the Strand which has a good reputation.  Think of a hotel like The Trafalgar nearby or a more sophisticated W.

Melia White House, a surprisingly pleasant art deco era hotel near Regents Park where we had our 2016 and 2017 HfP Christmas parties

INNSIDE Manchester, the first UK outpost for Melia’s four-star business brand.  I reviewed INNSIDE Manchester and was impressed. 

We’ve also reviewed the INNSIDE New York NoMad here, the Gran Fenix in Madrid here and the impressive Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques in Madrid hereReader Nick reviewed the historic Rome property here when he won a Melia-sponsored competition on HfP a couple of years ago.

If you have an American Express Platinum charge card, you will receive free Gold status in Melia Rewards.  

Melia Rewards Gold offers the following benefits – which, to be honest, are not life-changing except for late check-out:

  • 30% bonus points
  • free breakfast for a companion (so basically 2-4-1)
  • free wi-fi
  • 3 x 20% off vouchers for room bookings
  • 4pm late check-out at city hotels, 2pm at resorts

Late check-out IS guaranteed as long as the hotel is not 100% full.  You will also receive free wi-fi.  There is no upgrade benefit.

ME Melia London

What has changed with Melia’s Avios partnership?

Historically, you could only credit Melia stays to Iberia Plus.  This was a bit of a faff if you didn’t already have an Iberia Plus account, because you are not allowed to transfer Avios out of it until the account is 90 days old.

Melia Rewards is now also a partner with Vueling Club.  Because Vueling Club uses your existing account number, you can tell Melia to credit your stay to a Vueling Club number and the points will pop up in your account.  This will be more convenient for anyone who does not have an Iberia Plus account.

Avios earning is going revenue based

Under the old model, Melia rewarded you by the night:

Gran Melia / ME / Paradius – 525 Avios per night

Melia / INNSIDE – 225 Avios per night

Tryp by Wyndham – 225 Avios per night

Sol – 150 Avios per night

Under the new model, you will earn a flat 3 Avios per €1 spent.

This includes all spending, including food and drink.  For the first time you are now incentivised to eat and drink in the hotel.

Most people should be better off under this model.  The break-even point, excluding taxes, is £154 for Gran Melia / ME / Paradius, £66 for Melia / INNSIDE / Tryp and £44 at Sol.  In most cases your nightly spend will exceed this and so you will be better off with the new earning rate.

Triple Avios with Melia

How to earn TRIPLE Avios

To promote their new ‘3 Avios per €1’ earn rate, Melia is offering triple Avios.

Full details are on the Melia website here (for Iberia) and here (for Vueling, ie accounts).

You need to book your stays by 31st December – but you have until 15th March to actually complete the stay.

In order to have your points credit directly into your Avios account, you need to set up your Melia account online to directly deposit Avios in your Iberia or Vueling (ie account.  If you don’t do this, you will earn Melia Rewards points instead.  These can be converted to Avios later in chunks of 100 points, which would get you 30 Avios.


Things are looking up if you earn Avios from hotel staysBest Western recently became an Avios partner (see our introductory article here) and now Melia has, in most cases, improved its earning rates too.  The ‘triple Avios’ offer is a good opportunity to pick up a slug of easy Avios on any hotel stays you have planned for the New Year.

You can check out potential properties on the Melia website site.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.)

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