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Best Western Rewards drops Avios, effective immediately

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Back in March we ran an article on how to earn Avios when staying at Best Western hotels.

We said at the time that Best Western had disappeared from the Avios hotel partners page on ba.com but that it was still on the Best Western site as an option.

No longer.

Best Western Rewards drops Avios points

Members whose accounts were set up to earn Avios instead of Best Western Rewards points were emailed yesterday to say that the partnership is over. Anyone who was set up to earn Avios will now earn Best Western Rewards points instead.

The chain does remain a Virgin Points partner. Details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here – you earn a flat 500 Virgin Points per stay.

You may want to go into your Best Western online account and change your preference from Best Western Rewards points (which is what you have now been opted into) to Virgin Points.


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 (51)

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  • Kevin says:

    Rob, Rhys or anyone else.

    Are you aware of the uptake rate of these poor Marriot offers? Why bother with these deals? Surely it’s better for them to at least make them half palatable or give more of an incentive to actually stay at their properties.

    • Rob says:

      It’s more complex than you think. Remember that hotels don’t get paid for redemption nights unless the hotel is full (well, a nominal sum to cover cleaning, around 0.1 cents per point). Marriott HQ pockets virtually all you pay unless you redeem on a busy night.

      However, hotels clearly don’t want to see the value of points cut too low or you won’t bother staying in hotels to earn them – you just buy them instead (which is what I do with Hyatt).

      Where is the middle ground?

  • Mike says:

    Since I accidentally got invoiced (and charged) by an AC Marriott when I stayed via points, I can actually give an example value. It was a charge of £17.62 per night (I stayed two nights) that should have gone to Marriott. Normally that hotel was approximately £100 per night but I can’t remember if I used points because the rate was higher than usual or some other reason…. Just checked through my account, the stay was 30,000 points per night.

    • Rob says:

      IHG paid £30 to Indigo Bath when I was there – I got the receipt for that!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      They cover the cost of the housekeeping unless the hotel is at capacity that night then they’ll pay a higher rate I doubt it’s rack though.

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