Which hotels don’t give Avios but DO earn Virgin Flying Club miles?

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If you travel on business, earning airline miles from your hotel stays is an easy way of running up your Avios balance.  You should never take airline miles by default, though, as it is normally better value to take points in the relevant hotel loyalty scheme – as long as you are confident of earning enough to redeem.  If not, you might as well take the miles instead.

British Airways has a huge number of hotel partners and it is even bigger when you include chains who are partners with Iberia and who can be credited to Iberia Plus.

In the past, there were a number of hotel chains who did not work with Avios but who did partner with Virgin Flying Club.  However, in the past 18 months Virgin Flying has been culling its hotel partners.

You can see the full list of remaining Virgin Flying Club hotel partners here.

Virgin Atlantic

Since I last looked at this topic 18 months ago, out have gone:

Blue Sky Luxury (rental homes in Barbados, Antigua, Dominica, Jamaica, St Barts, St Lucia and St Martin)

Jumeirah (a bit of a loss but given that Virgin Atlantic is dropping Dubai it was becoming less relevant)

Marco Polo Hotels (a Hong Kong and China-based group)

Millennium and Copthorne (surprising, this is a medium sized chain of 120 4- and 5-star properties around the world, with a decent UK spread)

Morgans Hotel Group (luxury boutiques, in London, they own St Martins Lane, The Sanderson, the Mondrian and the Mondrian at Sea Containers House)

Red Carnation Hotels (a small luxury boutique chain with the bulk of its global properties in London)

In addition, Best Western Hotels – which used to just work with Virgin Atlantic – launched an Avios partnership in late 2017.

This is what is left in terms of hotels which offer Virgin Flying Club miles but do not offer Avios:

Virgin Hotels click here for details of the Virgin Flying offer

This new chain, slowly rolling out in the US, offers 1,000 miles per stay.  Flying Club Gold members will receive a complimentary breakfast daily and upgrade whilst Silver members will receive a complimentary upgrade, based on availability.

YOTEL – click here for details of the Virgin Flying Club offer

You will earn 500 miles for a 3+ night stay at YOTEL New York.

You will earn earn 100 miles per stay at the following:

….. as long as you book direct.

Note that I have not included WorldHotels on this list, which gives you 500 Virgin Flying Club miles per stay – see here for details.  This is because, whilst they are not a British Airways Avios partner, you can collect Avios points by crediting a stay with them to Iberia Plus – details are on the Iberia website here.

Earning more Virgin Flying Club miles

Even if you regularly stay at one of these chains, you may think twice before bothering with Virgin miles because you would never earn enough for a decent redemption.

However, you can top-off your Virgin account with an Amex Membership Rewards, Tesco Clubcard or Heathrow Rewards points transfer or by getting the Virgin Atlantic credit cardsYou can still earn 6,000 Virgin miles very quickly by opening a Virgin Money ISA.

You can even transfer Flying Club miles into Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club points, allowing you to indirectly earn Hilton points whilst staying at another chain!  The minimum number of Virgin miles required is 10,000 and the transfer rate is 1:1.5 into Hilton and 1:1 into IHG.

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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  1. What a shocker! I have a Best Western booking coming up soon but I had no idea that I could get avios/virgin miles with my booking. Randomly came across it on booking.com while looking for a cheap hotel in Luxembourg.

  2. I have a couple of Best Western hotels booked next year through hotels dot com – how do you get the miles if you haven’t booked direct through your BW account? Just give them your BW number at check in?

    • Crafty says:

      I would like to know this too. Unfortunately my stay was last week…

    • RussellH says:

      The last time I stayed at a BW was 2013; back then I booked the stay through HRS and only discovered the BW scheme from a leaflet at reception.
      I signed up, then asked if I could get a Miles+More credit for my stay – simple answer “yes”, I just had to fax a copy of the hotel bill together with mymembership no. Gotb 500 miles within a couple of days.
      Hopefully, things are no different now!

    • Stays are not eligible if booked via a third party, but it seems to be down to the individual hotel to check this

  3. David says:

    Only 100 miles per stay at the Yotel? Why did they even bother…?

  4. OT: Does anybody know howe you can check if you have hit your 10k spend to unlock gold on the Hilton Barclaycard? Do you recieve an Email?


    • Genghis says:

      There’s no status bar or anything. Add up how much you’ve actually paid this calandar year? No email received (but I was Diamond when went over £10k this calendar year)

    • sunguy says:

      Login using the website…..search your transactions, edit the start date to 1st January 2018 and end date to today…..will list all transactions and at the very bottom you will get a money in/ money out set of amounts….bingo!

      This does NOT work on the app.

  5. Bagoly says:

    If you collect M&Ms (Lufthansa) then many hotel chains can credit there – the list looks longer than the Avios list, but that may be due to brands within groups.
    IHG is on the M&M list, but not Avios?

    In particular, I use this for Best Western.

    • the real harry1 says:

      Twit twoo. But how successful is the credit? I did so many car rentals where nothing credited.

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