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How to earn Avios points booking hotels via Agoda PointsMAX – but is it worth it?

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Agoda is one of the lesser known British Airways Executive Club hotel partners, and does not even appear on the full list of BA hotel partners hereYou can earn Avios whenever you book a hotel with Agoda.

What is Agoda?

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.

Since 2016, Agoda has offered frequent flyer miles with every hotel booking you make via a service called PointsMAX.

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

Earning Avios with Agoda PointsMax

How earning Avios with Agoda PointsMAX works

The Agoda / Avios website initially seems pretty straight forward:  you enter your destination, travel dates and number of beds required.  Nothing you haven’t seen before.

There is one really odd quirk though.  When you book, you need to pay more for your room in order to earn Avios!  Not only that, the earning rate is very poor.

Here is an example:

Earn Avios from Agoda PointsMAX

Saturday 22nd August at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London:

  • £119 and earn no Avios, or
  • £131 and earn 950 Avios

Note that these are identical rooms.

You are paying £12 extra to earn 950 Avios, so the cost per Avios is 1.26p.  This is very poor value, especially given that, in a sale, you can buy points directly from BA for around 1.1p.

In reality, of course, it is an even worse deal.  You could have booked directly via the Radisson website, or via a scheme such as Hotels.com Rewards, and got generous rewards whilst paying the standard rate of £119.

Here is another example for 16th October at the Hotel Indigo Madrid:

  • £137 and earn no Avios
  • £151 (identical room) and earn 1,100 Avios

Paying £14 extra for 1,100 – which works out at 1.27p per Avios – is not a good deal.

There’s another issue with Agoda PointsMAX

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 an issue unless you are booking an independent hotel or a chain 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 dig around the British Airways landing page is here.

Comments (1)

  • ADS says:

    Another thing to watch out for with Agoda is the currency that they use on your credit card.

    A couple of years ago I got caught out after a night in Taiwan was billed in USD, with Agoda adding a hefty surcharge on top of the local charge (about 5%, i think)

    For me it was just a single night in a cheap property, so I didn’t bother arguing it … but for a big booking it could be painful.