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Earn bonus Avios at NH Hotels and Melia

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Whilst British Airways and Iberia have, over the years, harmonised their partners, there are still some oddities.

NH Hotels is the only major chain which works with Iberia Plus but not British Airways Executive Club.

The standard earning rate with NH Hotels and nhow is shown here at iberia.com.

Earn bonus Avios at NH Hotels and Melia

You earn between 200 and 450 Avios per night depending on the quality of the hotel.  However, until 31st October, you will earn TRIPLE Avios on stays in selected cities – London is excluded. The Iberia link above contains the participating city list.

To earn Avios at NH Hotels, you need to open an Iberia Plus account at iberia.com and give that number to the hotel.  British Airways Executive Club numbers are not accepted

Once the Avios arrive in your Iberia Plus account, you can transfer them to BA using the ‘Combine My Avios’ feature online.  Note that Iberia accounts must be 90 days old before you can use ‘Combine My Avios’. This HfP article explains in detail how ‘Combine My Avios’ works and how to work around any IT bugs.

Earn £50 American Express cashback too

NH Hotels also has a cashback deal with American Express. You will earn £50 cashback on £150 spend before 31st October.

It is valid at participating hotels (click here, PDF) across Europe, including the NH Hotel in London. None of the cheaper, younger-focussed nhow hotels are included.

You can find out more about NH Hotels on their website here.

Earn bonus Avios at NH Hotels and Melia

Earn bonus Avios with Melia

Melia is also running a new bonus Avios deal with Iberia Plus.

As you can see on the Iberia / Melia webpage here, you will earn double Avios on Melia stays until 31st December. You must book by the end of October.

The standard rate is 3 Avios per €1 which will be doubled to 6 Avios per €1.

Whilst you can credit Melia stays to British Airways Executive Club directly, this offer seems to require you to credit to Iberia Plus and then move the Avios across.

You can look at the Melia portfolio, which includes the brand new INNSIDE Newcastle and INNSIDE Liverpool, here.

If you have American Express Platinum, you can register for Gold status in MeliaRewards which will get you a 20% discount voucher on your next stay amongst other benefits.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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 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 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

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.

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.

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