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.

(For the few of you still struggling to get the site to accept your registration, I have no news.  BA was as confused as you when I last raised it with them.)

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.

Bonus Avios with Marriott and Accor

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:

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.  (This is what I do on my occasional Accor stays.)  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.

PS.  BA’s ‘double hotel Avios’ page mistakenly claims that Accor earns 2.5 Avios per €1. This is wrong.  If you don’t believe me, look at the ba.com hotel partners page, which correctly shows that Accor earns 2.5 Avios per €2.

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