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Who are British Airways Avios hotel partners?

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Who are the British Airways hotel partners where you can earn Avios points? 

It is very easy to earn Avios points when you stay at a hotel.  Let’s look at who British Airways partners with.

In addition to earning Avios from flying, British Airways has commercial agreements with virtually every large hotel group to let you earn Avios on your stays or transfer their loyalty points into Avios. In this article we’ll look at which companies participate.

This page of shows all of the Avios hotel partners.

It is worth bearing in mind that almost every hotel group runs its own loyalty scheme, allowing you to earn and redeem their own loyalty points.  Hotel schemes work with Avios in one of two ways:

you earn Avios INSTEAD of hotel loyalty points by telling them your BA Executive Club number at check in, or

you earn hotel loyalty points which you can convert to Avios when you hit certain thresholds

Some chains like IHG Rewards offer both options, to add to the confusion.  With IHG, you can earn 2 Avios per $1 if you collect directly, or you can take IHG Rewards points and later convert them at a 5:1 ratio if decide not to use them for a free hotel night.

Who are the Avios hotel partners?

As of writing, the following hotels offer Avios bonuses:

Accor Hotels (Accor Live Limitless)

Including Adagio, Ibis, M Gallery, Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman. Raffles, Swissotel and Fairmont.

You must sign up with Accor Live Limitless to transfer points to Avios at a rate of 4,000 Accor points to 2,000 Avios.  You can also set your account to auto-convert so that, after each stays, the points you earn are sent to Avios.

Note that taking Avios from Accor is generally a bad deal.  Points are worth 2 Eurocents each if used for a hotel discount so you are paying 4 Eurocents per Avios if you convert your Accor points to Avios.

Best Western (Best Western Rewards)

You earn 500 Avios every time you book at with Best Western.  We have a full article on the Avios / Best Western partnership here.

Radisson Hotel Group (Radisson Rewards)

Includes Radisson Hotels and Resorts, Radisson Blu, Radisson RED, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Park Inn by Radisson, and Park Plaza.

You do not need to be a member of Radisson Rewards to collect Avios – you can earn 500 Avios per stay at most brands by giving your BA Executive Club number at check in.  If you choose to convert your existing points balance, you can only transfer in increments of 2,000, 50,000 or 100,000 points at a rate of 10 points for 1 Avios.

Hilton (Hilton Honors)

You must sign up as a Hilton Honors member to earn Avios.  You earn 10 Hilton Honors points per $1 spent at most brands in the Hilton portfolio. You can transfer these points into Avios in increments of 10,000 Hilton Honors points at a rate of 10:1.

You cannot earn Avios directly from stays.  In general it is a poor use of Hilton points to use them for Avios, especially as Hilton Honors lets you part-pay for rooms using your Hilton points.  The rate is around 0.33p per Hilton point which means using them for a discounted future stay is far better than using 10 Hilton points (a 3.3p discount on a room) to get 1 Avios.

Hyatt (World of Hyatt)

You must join World of Hyatt in order to earn Avios at Hyatt properties.

You earn 500 Avios per stay at Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Zilara, and Hyatt Ziva hotels.

World of Hyatt points can also be converted to Avios in increments of 1,250 points, at a rate of 5:2 Avios (1,250 gets you 500 Avios). There is a minimum conversion of 5,000 World of Hyatt points.

InterContinental Hotels Group

You must join IHG Rewards in order to earn Avios.

You can earn 2 Avios per $ spent at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and other full service brands.  You earn 1 Avios per $ at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites.

Existing points balances can be converted at the rate of 10,000 IHG points = 2,000 Avios.

Marriott (Marriott Bonvoy)

You must sign up to Marriott Bonvoy to earn Avios.

You can earn 2 Avios per $ spent at most brands in the Marriott portfolio.  There are now 29 brands following the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Existing Marriott Bonvoy points can be transferred to Avios at the rate of 3:1.

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts (Golden Circle)

You do not need to be a member of Shangri-La Golden Circle to earn Avios.

You can earn 500 Avios stay at Shangri-La Hotels, Shangri-La Resorts, Traders, and Kerry Hotels (excludes corporate and discounted rates).  It is also possible to convert your existing Golden Circle points into Avios at a rate of 1:1 with a 2,500 minimum.

PS.  Iberia has a relationship with NH Hotels.  If you are staying with NH, you can earn in an Iberia Plus account and transfer the Avios across to British Airways Executive Club.  See here for more details.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 a huge range of valuable 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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