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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

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  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 here.

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

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses.

There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios (SPECIAL OFFER) and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

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 30,000 Avios.

30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

30,000 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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

45,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (12)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alex Sm says:

    “The only snag is that you MUST book via a dedicated link on”

    It is not a “snag”, but a standard requirement for ANY cashback to be tracked via these partnerships. How else would they know that you booked through them in the first place?!

    • 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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