Spanish hotel group Melia has, not surprisingly, had a long term relationship with Iberia. This allowed you to earn Avios in Iberia Plus from your stays, and to convert existing chunks of MeliaRewards at the rate of 100 points to 30 Avios.
Melia has now extended this to British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Meridiana. You can credit your stay directly to a British Airways Executive Club account rather than having to move them across from an Iberia Plus account. Full details are here.
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.
You need to book your stays between 9th March and 9th May for stays by 15th June. Existing bookings do not appear to count and should be rebooked if the rate is flexible and the price has not increased.
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. A review of the new INNSIDE in Hamburg is coming soon.
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.
Full details of the new Melia / British Airways partnership can be found on this page of the Melia website.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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 with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 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:
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.)