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Is Nectar’s hotel booking site a good way of earning Avios?

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Back in 2020, Nectar launched its own hotel booking site, which you can find at hotels.nectar.com.

You may recognise it as a white label version of Rocketmiles, which is itself part of Agoda.

We weren’t very excited about it when it launched, but this was before you could convert Nectar points to Avios. I thought it was worth another look.

Nectar launches a hotel booking site

Nectar Hotels has no ‘first booking bonus’

In the 18 months that it has been running, Nectar Hotels has never run any sort of promotion to encourage you to try it out.

With no ‘first booking bonus’, you are reliant on the base points for your return.  You will earn 1,000 to 2,000 Nectar points PER NIGHT.  This means £5 to £10-worth of Nectar points or, if you convert the Nectar points to Avios, 625 to 1,250 Avios PER NIGHT.

All hotels cheaper than around £25 seem to have been removed from the site, so you can’t book a £3 hostel in Bangkok and come out on top!

There is no direct correlation between price and points.  In general, you should expect 2,000 points per night when spending £275+ per night but this is not a strict rule.

Is Nectar Hotels a good deal? 

It’s OK, but you can do better.  Unless you are booking a sub-£100 hotel, your return is unlikely to exceed 6.25% assuming:

  • you value an Avios at 1p and
  • Nectar points convert to Avios in a 1 : 0.625 ratio

Your return is decent at cheap properties (a £60 hotel earning 1,000 Nectar points would be a 10% return) but there are not many of those to choose from. Once you get above £100 per night you will get 6.25% at best.

Nectar Hotels review

In comparison, Hotels.com Rewards will give you 10% of the ex-VAT price back, although you need to do 10 nights before it pays out.

Even the main Rocketmiles site, which should have the same pricing, would probably give you more than 6.25% back if you took Avios, Virgin Points or Heathrow Rewards points. After all, Nectar is taking a cut when you use Nectar Hotels.

Remember that you won’t earn hotel points or get status benefits

Remember that you won’t earn hotel points or receive status benefits on hotels booked via Nectar Hotels. This isn’t an issue at independent hotels, but is worth considering when booking a chain hotel.

You also need to factor in any bonus points on offer from the big hotel chains. Hilton Honors is currently offering 2,500 bonus points per stay, for example. Even without a status bonus, a £100 stay would earn you:

  • 1,200 base Hilton Honors points (£100 = £88 ex-VAT = $1.20 x 10 points per $1)
  • 2,500 bonus points

…. for a total of 3,700 points. We’d value 3,700 Hilton points at around £12.50 based on 0.33p per point. This is a 12.5% return. If you had Hilton Honors status, you earn even more points via your status bonus and pick up some elite benefits too.

The one upside is that Nectar Hotels is simple.  You aren’t messing about with joining a new loyalty scheme and you don’t need to do any further nights before you can redeem.  You can cash out your reward on your next visit to Sainsbury’s, even if you don’t want to move the points to Avios.

The Nectar Hotels site is here.  If they do run a generous ‘first booking’ bonus at any time we’ll let you know.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

30,000 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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

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

Comments (1)

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  • Peter says:

    It seems to be good for redeeming though, 0.8p per Avios on booking.com basically, but it doesn’t have all hotels listed

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