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Save 5,000 Avios on a hotel booking – however cheap

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British Airways Executive Club is currently running a low key offer on discounted hotel rooms, if you pay with Avios.

In general, we don’t recommend this because you get a poor return. Last time we looked at how to book hotels with Avios, it worked out at around 0.5p per point. This isn’t great since I believe you should be able to get over 1p on flight redemptions.

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This new offer changes the game a bit because the discount is fixed. Here are the rules:

On an expensive or long stay, saving 5,000 Avios won’t move the needle. On a cheap two-night stay it makes a BIG difference.

Here is potentially an extreme example. The easyHotel in Sheffield, pictured below, for a two night stay from 18th to 20th December, will cost just 1,825 Avios per night:

easyhotel sheffield pricing

If you look at the easyHotel website for the same nights, the cash rate is £22.50. This works out at 1.2p per Avios, which is very good.

easyhotel sheffield

At a midrange hotel, such as the Crowne Plaza Sheffield, it doesn’t make much difference. The nightly rate for those dates drops from 10,975 Avios to 8,475 Avios which doesn’t change the ‘pence per point’ ratio much.


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.)

Comments (55)

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  • Tony says:

    Are you sending out a new e mail at 11:31 ?

  • ChrisC says:

    Can I save 5k avios on a booking at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia?

  • Martin says:

    I don’t see the 5,000 Avios hotel offer. Do you know who qualifies? (My BAEC account is not a UK one)

    • Luke says:

      I can’t find Avios hotel offer on my BA account, neither I was able to find any discounted hotel. Does anyone have direct link please?

    • Neuromancer says:

      I think it is UK only, or probably + US and some more, but definitely not universal

  • Ali M says:

    I would have been excited hearing about a Hilton credit card (lots of folk on here interested I know) but will still come back for the airline thing too. ‘better not’ be amex related airline credit card as cant get sign up bonus here until mid next year, haha

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Get yourself a virgin+ card one of the highest earning Hilton cards around.

      • Ali M says:

        Thank you 🙂
        I take it that’s an efficient of using the virgin points which allegedly never expire now?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          its better to use for Virgin but if Hilton points is what you want then that’s the best non-amex route.

          • Genghis says:

            Also better than Amex, right?
            Amex = 2HH / MR or 2 HH / £ spend
            Virgin black = 1.5 VFC = 2.25 HH / £ spend (albeit with a £160 fee)

  • David D says:

    Is this Tuesday at 11.30am or at some other time on Tuesday?

  • james says:

    The Easy Hotel Sheffield…really?

    Must be a really slow news day

    • Rob says:

      Just an extreme example to show how the offer works on cheap hotels but not so well on others.

      I was hoping I could find a hotel in Delhi or somewhere that ended up being free but they thought of that!

      • Mark M says:

        You say the 5000 discount is fixed, but I’m seeing all sorts of numbers, from a few hundred to 9725 per night, e.g:
        Eden Plaza Kensington Hotel
        Member’s exclusive price
        avg/night
        Original Price 16,625 Avios
        Sale Price 6,900 Avios

  • KP says:

    Is the news about qatar’s business class unbundled fares ?

    • marcw says:

      I think Qatar is overhauling fare structures, not just Business, but also Y.

  • Jack says:

    Cluj will be interesting, I wanted to visit during our temporary break from COVID over the Summer but I had zero faith in Ryanair at STN.

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