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How to earn Avios points when you stay with Airbnb – up to 6 points per £1

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Back in 2019, British Airways partnered with Airbnb to offer Avios with each stay you book.  This sits – literally – alongside BA’s existing hotel partners on this page of ba.com.

You earn 2 Avios per £1/€1/$1 spent at Airbnb.

With your first Airbnb booking, you earn 6 Avios per £1/€1/$1. 

How to earn Avios when you stay with Airbnb

The only snag is that you MUST book via a dedicated link on ba.com.  You will not receive any Avios if you go via the standard Airbnb home page.

In a recent change, you can also now earn Avios for booking Airbnb Experiences.

These are, to quote:

Enjoy unique experiences designed and hosted by locals that go beyond typical tours or workshops. Experiences offer guests the chance to explore new places and cultures – both virtually or in-person.”

Earn Avios with Airbnb

You will earn 3 Avios for every £1 spent on Airbnb Experiences.

The terms and conditions state that you will receive your Avios within 60 days of booking (not 60 days of staying) so this isn’t one for you if you need some Avios in a hurry.  The risk is that you totally forget about your points whilst waiting for the 60 day period to pass.

You can find out more, including the detailed terms and conditions, on the Airbnb page of ba.com here.

PS.  In the past there has been a generous Avios incentive for becoming an Airbnb host.  This is not currently available.

(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 (May 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. 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 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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

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 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.

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 (11)

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  • Simon says:

    Guess if I’m on an existing Airbnb booking currently no chance of getting them added?

  • Tulle says:

    In my experience miles rarely post even using correct link

    • Gavin says:

      Not my experience – I did 2 stays of 28 days in early 2021, both of them posted. 10k Avios earned from effectively paying my rent.

    • TM says:

      try a different browser if it isn’t tracking correctly

  • Mikeact says:

    No problem in Aus, NZ and NA for us….easy Avios.

  • John says:

    I spent £2k with Airbnb in September ‘21, booked using the BA link, but there’s nothing on my BA Avios account to indicate any credit relating to Airbnb.

    • John says:

      Correcting myself… the Avios were received within 5 weeks of my initial booking and before the final part-payment. Search category: miscellaneous / title: Airbnb Guest Avios Award

  • Rob says:

    Er, because most partners don’t work like that? You can, for example, get Nectar points off eBay however you go to eBay.

    • Alex Sm says:

      But before going to eBay, you need to save offer on Nectar app and click through the saved offer to get to eBay website. Otherwise, you are “stuffed” as you like to say 🙂

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