Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Which hotels don’t give Avios but DO let you earn Virgin Points?

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If you travel on business, earning airline miles from your hotel stays is an easy way of running up your Avios balance

You should never take airline miles by default, as it is normally better value to take hotel points from your stay in the relevant hotel loyalty scheme. This only makes sense, however, if you are confident of earning enough to get to a decent redemption.

If you are staying at a chain which you do not intend to visit again, you might as well take airline miles instead of hotel points.

Which hotel chains let you earn Virgin Points?

British Airways has a huge number of hotel partners and it is even bigger when you include chains like NH Hotels who are partners with Iberia and who can be credited to Iberia Plus.

In the past, there were a number of hotel chains who did not work with Avios but who did partner with Virgin Flying Club.  However, in the past five years Virgin Flying Club has been culling its hotel partners.

You can see the full list of remaining Virgin Flying Club hotel partners here.

In the last five years, out have gone:

  • Blue Sky Luxury (rental homes in Barbados, Antigua, Dominica, Jamaica, St Barts, St Lucia and St Martin)
  • Marco Polo Hotels (a Hong Kong and China-based group)
  • Millennium and Copthorne (a medium sized chain of 120 4- and 5-star properties around the world, with a decent UK spread)
  • Morgans Hotel Group
  • Red Carnation Hotels (a small luxury boutique chain with the bulk of its global properties in London)

Which hotels chains earn Virgin Points?

The following hotel programmes are partners with both Avios and Virgin Flying Club, so you get to choose which airline to credit, assuming you don’t want to take hotel points:

  • Best Western Rewards
  • Hilton Honors
  • IHG Rewards
  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • World of Hyatt

This is what is left in terms of hotels which offer Virgin Flying Club points but do not offer Avios:

Earning Virgin Points from Virgin Hotels

Virgin Hotels

Click here for details of the Virgin Flying Club offer.

This new chain, slowly rolling out in the US and coming soon to Edinburgh and Glasgow, offers 1,000 points per stay.

Flying Club Gold members will receive a complimentary breakfast daily and upgrade whilst Silver members will receive a complimentary upgrade, based on availability.

Note that the Virgin Atlantic website lists Virgin Hotels under ‘Virgin Group partners’ and not ‘Hotel partners’.

YOTEL

Click here for details of the Virgin Flying Club offer.

You will earn 500 points for a 3+ night stay at YOTEL New York.

You will earn earn 100 Virgin points per stay at the following:

….. as long as you book direct.

Earning Virgin Points with WorldHotels

WorldHotels

The WorldHotels consortium of independent upscale hotels gives you 500 Virgin Points per stay as you can see here

Is it worth earning Virgin Points from a one-off hotel stay?

Even if you regularly stay at one of these chains, you may think twice before bothering with Virgin Points because you would never earn enough for a decent redemption.

This is no longer the case, however. The launch of Virgin Red (join here) has added additional ways to spend your Virgin Points, starting at just 200 Virgin Points for a Greggs sausage roll.

If you want to build up your balance to get a flight, you can top-off your Virgin Points with an Amex Membership Rewards, Tesco Clubcard or Heathrow Rewards points transfer or by getting the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.

You can even transfer Flying Club points into Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards points, allowing you to indirectly earn Hilton points whilst staying at another chain.  The minimum number of Virgin Points required is 10,000 and the transfer rate is 1:1.5 into Hilton and 1:1 into IHG.

Comments (3)

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Virgin Limited Edition should be on the list too, no?

    • Rob says:

      It’s not really a chain though …. a long list of hotels that no-one is ever going to visit seemed a bad use of space.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    What about Virgin Hotels Las Vegas?

    This is also part of the Curio Collection by Hilton so presumably if you book it via the Hilton website you get Hilton points and status benefits, but do you also get Virgin points and whatever benefits Virgin Hotels offer their frequent guests?

    I can see three possibilities:
    1) It depends how you book – direct with Virgin Hotels and get Virgin points and benefits, boo with Hilton and get Hilton points and benefits
    2) The Curio branding effectively overrides the Virgin branding and if you book direct either with the hotel or via Hilton you only get Hilton benefits
    3) You get both Hilton and Virgin points and benefits if you book with the hotel or via Hilton

    Are there any other examples of hotels that are effectively in two chains?

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