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Earn double Avios with Marriott and Accor hotels – but still not worth it

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We covered the new British Airways ‘double Avios’ promotion last week – you can read full details here and register here if you missed it.

As part of the offer, British Airways has also launched special deals with Marriott and Accor.  I don’t want to spend too much time on them – one of these is not good and the other is pointless.

The Marriott offer

As this page of ba.com shows, you usually earn between 1-2 Avios per $1 at Marriott hotels, depending on brand, if you choose to take Avios instead of Marriott Bonvoy points.  During this offer, you will get a 50% bonus.

You must book via the Marriott website by 18th October 2019 and complete your stay by 31st October 2020.

Is it worth it?  With a 50% bonus, you’re getting 1.5 to 3 Avios per $1 depending on brand, worth 1.5p to 3p.  If you’d taken Marriott Bonvoy points, you would earn 5-10 base points per $1 which (at my valuation of 0.5p per point) is worth 2.5p to 5p.  Taking Avios is the worse option.

If you collect both Bonvoy points and Avios, you should keep on choosing to earn Bonvoy points on your Marriott stays.  If you aren’t bothered about Bonvoy points, you should continue to keep your Bonvoy account set to ‘earn miles’ and take Avios – they are less valuable but at least you will use them.  The 50% Avios bonus doesn’t change the maths either way.

The Accor offer

….. is a waste of space.  You earn 50% bonus Avios in British Airways Executive Club for stays between 18th September and 31st December if booked on accor.com between 18th September and 18th October.

Here’s why it is rubbish:

British Airways Executive Club members usually earn 2.5 Avios per €2 at most Accor brands

Iberia Plus members usually earn 5 Avios per €2 at most Accor brands

Even with the 50% bonus, you are worse off.  If you have no interest in earning Accor points when you stay, set up your Accor account to credit your stays to Iberia Plus, not British Airways Executive Club.  You will be better off, and you can use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move the points from Iberia Plus into British Airways Executive Club.

You can learn more about the Marriott and Accor deals, as well as similar deals with Hotels.com and booking.com, on this special page of ba.com.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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.)

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