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How to earn Avios booking hotels via Agoda – and is it worth it?

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Agoda is one of the lesser known British Airways Executive Club hotel partners, of which you can see the full list here.

Agoda is a hotels.com-style hotel booking website, originally focused on Asia.  It was acquired by Priceline and is now a sister company to booking.com.

In 2016, Agoda started to offer frequent flyer miles with every hotel booking you make via a new service called PointsMAX.

Whilst various airlines are part of PointsMAX, I am just focusing on British Airways here.  There is a dedicated BA Executive Club booking link which is here.

How Agoda PointsMAX works

The Agoda / Avios website seems pretty straight forward:  you enter your destination, travel dates and number of beds required.

There is one really odd quirk though.  When you book, you can voluntarily pay more for your room to earn additional Avios with it.

This is both a little odd and obviously not hugely appealing.  Here is an example.

2nd February 2019 in Madrid for 2 adults, Silken Puerta hotel

  • €116 and earns 279 Avios, or
  • €122 and earns 850 Avios

Note that these are identical rooms.  You are being asked to pay €6 extra for just under 600 extra Avios, which is OK but not great.

If you book this hotel without using the British Airways / Agoda micro-site, the cost remains at €116.  In this case, the 279 Avios are ‘free’ to the extent that a non-Avios customer will pay the same and earn no rewards.

Here is another example on the same night at the Hotel Indigo Madrid:

  • €158 and earns 378 Avios
  • €173 (identical room) and earns 1,150 Avios

Paying €173 is a particularly bad deal as you are paying €15 for under 800 Avios.

Something else to remember

Remember that any room booked via Agoda PointsMAX will NOT earn hotel loyalty points from the hotel itself as it will be treated as a third-party booking.  That is not an issue with independent hotels or chains where you have no status or do not collect their points.

I think you’ll struggle to get much value from Agoda PointsMAX but if you want to have a play around the British Airways landing page is here.

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Comments

  1. A point worth adding is that IME Agoda can sometimes be extremely competitive versus other online sites when booking independent hotels in Asia. In such cases there is no concern over loss of status benefits. I have also found Agoda good for offering loads of different rates on different rooms, breakfast and other meals. I have never used them outside Asia so have no idea on competitiveness in other Markets. Unless you need avios or other miles then there are better ways to maximise the value from Agoda bookings.

  2. Sorry Roger quick question with the MTP. Does it have to be booked and stayed before expiry or just booked?

  3. Booked before expiry, but generally you are able to call and extend the validity of certificate.

  4. Genghis says:

    “Remember that any room booked via Agoda PointsMAX will NOT earn hotel loyalty points from the hotel itself as it will be treated as a third-party booking. That is not an issue with independent hotels or chains where you have no status or do not collect their points.”

    The alternative of a hotels.com night credit should be priced up and considered.

    • Erico1875 says:

      I used Agoda for my hotel bookings in Goa, India .The prices shown are ex tax. You don’t get the final cost until the payment page.

      • I noticed this too, i didn’t think Agoda were allowed to do this, makes price comparison with other sites very difficult.

        • You can set the the Agoda app to show prices with or without tax so you can then easily compare with direct hotel site etc.

        • We ended up with hotels.com after Agoda added the tax. So bit misleading price wise. Others on the list included final price…on skyscanner search, that is.

        • If you use the IOS app, it lists the prices INCLUDING taxes and charges.

    • UP TO is very important here. The T&C’s clearly state the reward will be less if you are a hotel rewards customer. Don’t expect a free night and 12 Avios. It varies, but within the 12 Avios per £ time it is right now, I got around 5.5 on £600. But what finally is given, around 90 days after check out may vary.

  5. Thanks for google maps tip Roger, will check it out.

  6. you want a wraparound terrace suite fountain view

  7. grant young says:

    Far better sights to use for hotels generally. It can be over priced just checked for a room in zurich total £700 expedia £577 no brainer im afraid. i would need to be getting some serious perks to pay a extra £123.

    • Lady London says:

      I have found them at best on a par with Expedia for hotels in Europe. However for hotels in Asia, at some destinations they seem to have very good coverage and prices. Particularly for Japan where other sites did not have same hotels and other sites with same hotels were markedly more expensive.

    • AndyGWP says:

      For me, this is useful knowing when used in conjunction with Trivago, but also when weighing up alongside the Hotels.com benefits (reward night)

  8. Roberto says:

    Definitely worth getting the fountain view. Try the $20 sandwich at checkin (leave a note popping out the top of your passport) and you might be lucky enough to get an upgrade.

  9. O.T. planning a trip to Chile and read here somewhere in a posting yesterday, recommendations to visit but cannot locate today. Would really appreciate any advice or pointing to the original postings. Thanks

  10. My experience booking through agoda has been that you often end up in the smallest most dilapidated room in the hotel. This happened in the four seasons Sydney for example. After happening consistently on three occasions I stopped booking with them. Usually the hotel will match the Agoda price if you book direct. I find I get a better room and often better price using BA holidays or booking direct. If you have complimentary hotel status e.g. hilton through amex you are still entitled to upgrades, executive lounge etc regardless of not earning hotel loyalty points.

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