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British Airways recently overhauled its relationship with Airbnb and modified the Avios earning rates. Going forward, you can earn 2 Avios per £1 / $1 / €1 spent. If it's your first time booking, then you will receive a bonus of 6 Avios per £1 / $1 / €1 spent.
- First stay: earn 6 Avios per £1 / $1 / €1 spent
- Future stays: earn 2 Avios per £1 / $1 / €1 spent
- Bookings must be made through the dedicated British Airways Airbnb page
- You need to enter your Executive Club number when making a booking
- Cookies must be enabled, and the booking needs to be completed in one session
- Allow up to 60 days for the earned Avios to post to your British Airways account
If you're a regular Airbnb user, then this link-up can be very lucrative. However, one thing to keep in mind that you get one shot at picking up a 6 Avios per £/$/€1 bonus. So, it may be worth your while to wait to when you have a booking with a substantial spend to maximize your bonus.
How to earn Avios on an Airbnb booking
Making a booking that is eligible to earn Avios is easy:
- Make sure cookies are enabled on your browser.
- Head over to the Airbnb affiliate page and enter your BA Executive Club number.
- You will then be taken to the Airbnb site where you can search for accommodation and make your booking.
Avios Transfer Partners
In addition to earning Avios from Airbnb stays, you can top off your British Airways Executive Club account by transferring points from bank programs. Members can transfer American Express Membership Rewards and/or Chase Ultimate Rewards to British Airways Avios. In both cases, transfers are at a ratio of 1:1 and typically occur instantaneously.
If you also hold a Marriott Bonvoy points balance, then you can also transfer Marriott points to British Airways Avios. Transfers are at a ratio of 3:1. However, you can get a better rate by taking advantage of Marriott’s standing bonus. If you transfer 60,000 points, you will receive an additional 5,000 points bonus. So transferring 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points would yield 25,000 Avios.
This relationship is a great bonus for Airbnb users that want to boost their Avios balance in between flights. In addition to earning bonus Avios from this promotion, you can also earn a credit card spending category bonus when you pay for your booking.
So, if you use the Sapphire Reserve card to make a booking, you will still earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent. That's in addition to the 2X Avios for booking that you can earn through the British Airways partnership. If you are into Avios, you can transfer those Ultimate Rewards to Avios to effectively earn 5X Avios on Airbnb stays. That's a great deal for those that know how to maximize British Airways Avios.
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