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.
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
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 here. Reader 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.
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 avios.com account number, you can tell Melia to credit your stay to a Vueling Club number and the points will pop up in your avios.com 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.
How to earn TRIPLE Avios
To promote their new ‘3 Avios per €1’ earn rate, Melia is offering triple Avios.
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 avios.com) 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 stays. Best 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.
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:
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.)