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Earn up to 8 Avios per £1 with a special Hotels.com promotion

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Hotels.com and British Airways Executive Club now have a direct earning relationship, allowing you to earn Avios with every hotel booking.

This deal allows you to earn Avios on virtually every hotel you book – Hotels.com covers several hundreds of thousands of properties globally, more than 5x the combined total of the top five chains – irrespective of whether they are part of a major brand or not.

In order to earn Avios, you need to book via this special link – hotels.com/britishairways.  You will ONLY see the box to add your British Airways Executive Club number if you book via this link.

There are two earning options.

Option 1 – earn 8 Avios per £1 if you book without earning Hotels.com Rewards credit

Until 7th June, you will earn 8 Avios for every £1 spent at Hotels.com as long as you choose not to collect Hotels.com Rewards credits.

The standard rate, from 8th June, is 6 Avios per £1.

The only way to do this is is complete your booking as a ‘guest’ on the Hotels.com site.  Do NOT log in to your existing account or create a new account.

Option 2 – earn 4 Avios per £1 PLUS earn Hotels.com Rewards credit

Until 7th June, you earn a lower rate of 4 Avios for every £1 spent at Hotels.com if you book whilst logged in, or if you create an account during the booking process.

The standard rate, from 8th June, is 3 Avios per £1.

However, you will earn Hotels.com Rewards credit as well.

Hotels.com Avios offer

Which option should I choose?

Before I answer that, let’s look at how Hotels.com Rewards works.

Hotels.com Rewards (the rewards page on their site is here) is an idiot-proof loyalty scheme:

You earn 1 credit for every night you stay, whatever the chain

When you have got 10 credits, you get a free night

The value of the free night is the average price you paid for those 10 nights

Your credits don’t expire as long as you collect or redeem at least one night every 12 months

There aren’t any catches when you redeem. There are no blackout dates and you can pick any property on Hotels.com that takes part in Hotels.com Rewards (ie most of them). You can pay the difference if you want to book a hotel which is more expensive than the value of your free night voucher. You do have to pay taxes and fees.

There is a lot of upside here:

ALL of your stays (assuming the hotels or vacation rentals you book are in Hotels.com Rewards and most are) will count towards free nights. No more ‘wasted’ stays.

Your free night can be used to book any room on Hotels.com. Most reward schemes restrict the ability to book club rooms, suites, family room etc. That is not a problem with Hotels.com Rewards.

When travelling, you are free to stay at the hotel which is most convenient for where you need to be – no need to mess around with badly reviewed properties or out of the way hotels purely to find one in your favourite chain.

If you book multiple rooms, you get credit for all of them. Most hotel loyalty schemes restrict you to earning points on one (IHG), two (Hilton) or at most three (Marriott) rooms per night.

So …..

Because I am a fan of Hotels.com Rewards, I would personally book via Option 2.  I would prefer to earn 4 Avios per £1 plus get 10% of my stay value back as Hotels.com Rewards credit.   This is better – for me – than earning 8 Avios per £1 but giving up my Hotels.com Rewards credit.  I find that I can generate one free night per year this way, mainly from family holiday bookings at unbranded properties.

However, if you are only likely to make occasional bookings via Hotels.com, you may prefer Option 1 and the higher upfront reward of 8 Avios per £1.   After all, your Hotels.com Rewards credit have no value at all until you manage to book 10 nights.

One other thing to remember

Hotels.com bookings do not count for points or stay credit in the loyalty scheme of the chain where you are staying. You may get your status benefits but it is down to the goodwill of the hotel.

If you are booking independent hotels, or hotels chains where you do not collect their points, Hotels.com clearly makes sense.  If you are giving up hotel loyalty points or status benefits, you need to do the maths to see which option works best for you.

Conclusion

Whilst this is a long-term partnership between Hotels.com and Avios, the special rate of 8 Avios per £1 (for non-Hotels.com Rewards bookings) is only valid for bookings until 7th June.

You can find more information on the British Airways / Hotels.com partnership on this special page of ba.com although it does not mention the current special offer.

You need to book via this special Avios page of the Hotels.com website.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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 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 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (101)

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  • Luke says:

    How to select Rob’s option 1 or 2?

    Just tried to make a booking on hotels.com, got to the final screen to pay but can’t see anyway of selecting option 1 or 2 (8 avios without free nights credit, or 4 with).

    Because I am logged into Hotels.com, does it automatically give me the lower avios earn as well as the free nights credit. I guess to get the higher avios one would have to not be logged in. Is that how it works?

    • Rob says:

      Correct. That is what the article says, to be fair 🙂

    • Chris Phillips says:

      You do need to use the special tracking link hotels.com/britishairways though to be able to put in your Executive club number on the checkout page.

  • Chelseafi says:

    O/T with all the recent amex changes how can we find out what Amex cards you still get referral bonus (just the 12k from Plat I’m referring to) thanks

  • youngtraveller says:

    O/T I saw a post on here that said that platinum card holders have car insurance? I was wondering would that be similar/better than icarhireinsurance? I only hire a car around once a month or less really

    • Rob says:

      It’s the same – I think I4CH actually provides the Amex policy.

    • Charlieface says:

      Questor with code MSE2097 is cheapest at about £30

  • Alex says:

    OT but hotel related; I booked 5 nights in HKG for March 2020 with the Luft/Swiss deal. I am now looking at places to stay which aren’t going to break the bank. Any recommendations? I’ve seen a lot of IHG properties – is there one which is best? I have never been to HKG before…

    • Dave says:

      Harbour Grand is a nice hotel (not IHG though). Reasonable price for a club room. Near to Fortress Hill station so relatively easy to get around.

      • Stu N says:

        +1 for Harbour Grand on HK Island. I’d definitely recommend a club room – breakfast is great and the happy hour drinks and cocktails are smashing. It’s 5 mins from the MTR which is so quick, cheap and efficient that being a little bit further out isn’t an issue. Trams to Wan Chai are fun as well.

        • Lloyd says:

          Not IHG, but I recommend Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui very highly indeed. Perfect location, generally well priced, amazing breakfast if you partake. I’ve stayed in the deluxe room each time and have by luck had a view of the harbour. Room size is fab for HK, even my in-laws who live there were impressed by the size of the room.

      • Alex says:

        Thanks for those – I will have a look at these and see if they’ll work:)

  • Ben Coyle says:

    Whilst the additional avios makes this now a good offer, I do not really understand the general blogger appreciation of hotels.com and their rewards scheme. The 10% discount in the form of a free night is not a good discount in comparison to what else is out there, particularly if you factor in the time value of money.
    For example, ebookers – regularly have 12% off (as I believe they do at the moment – AFFEXPLOREMAY12), plus if you book through the app you get an additional 5% rebate to be spent on future hotels / booking. The starting price is generally the same as hotels.com (given owned by the same company) but you end up getting circa 17% off, plus additional benefits for the loyalty scheme (2 free lounge passes etc.)
    Appreciate the discount codes do not often work on the major hotel chains, but I would generally book direct for these chains anyway.

  • BJ says:

    Three important nits missing in comments so far:

    3. For independent hotels in cheap destinations it can be worthwhile putting 12 night through brokers bonus+ for the lounge access if that’s important to you. There might be a surprise in this particular box for you too but I’m making no promises and I’m not going to discuss it here.

    1. Spare a few minutes to call the hotel directly. It does not often work but once in a while it does and the returns can be way better than those discussed here.

    2. Although it is no longer the gem it once was, Agoda is IME often the cheapest even after adding tax/fees, and a small cherry on top from usual places.

  • William says:

    I encountered a situation with hotels.com where if employing their price guarantee to reduce the price the stay will NOT count towards a free night.

    • Yawn says:

      Yeah. They cheekily offer 10% off voucher codes regularly that don’t earn rewards. For a straightforward scheme they can be really deceiving.

  • Charlie T. says:

    O/T but vaguely hotel related. Thanks to Rob for highlighting the Marriott double-take promotion. Just back from a week in Domes of Elounda (truly lovely!). Signed up for Bonvoy and did a mattress run (something I thought I’d never bother with) the day before to qualify. Double points have now posted, so if anyone has any suggestions for other short haul, family friendly hotels where I can spend them, would be happy to hear them as I hate the feeling of not having another holiday booked 🙂

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