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Until 2nd April, you can (potentially) take advantage of a Hotels.com triple Avios offer through the Avios Estore, which is offering 12 Avios per £1 spent with Hotels.com.
Many people use Hotels.com for a lot of their hotel bookings anyway due to the relatively generous reward scheme, so on the face of it this is a great additional bonus.
Unfortunately, things are a little more complicated.
The terms state that “you will earn a lower reward if you chose to receive Hotels.com Reward Points“. Obviously, Avios don’t bother to mention what that “lower” reward actually is…
I’ve never heard of Hotels.com Rewards ‘Points’ either, but assume they mean the ‘Nights’ you collect in order to get a free night. The problem with this is that, as far as I am aware, you don’t have a choice about whether to collect a ‘Night’ or not – assuming you are logged into your account and booking a hotel that participates in the Hotels.com Rewards Programme, it happens automatically.
It might work out fine or it might not, but I don’t like offers that have unclear terms and conditions.
Is there a better option?
During the same period, TopCashback is offering the following rates:
As you can see, the relevant rates (if you earn a Hotels.com Rewards Night) are 9% for new customers and 6% if you already have an Hotels.com account.
During a TopCashback to Avios transfer bonus like the current 25% one, that would equate to 7.5 or 11.25 Avios per £1, respectively.
Note that you have to pay online before the stay in order to receive Avios or cashback, and that if you use a voucher code (including codes by Hotels.com) you might not get the Avios or cashback.
It can take up to 120 days after your stay for the Avios / cashback to hit your account.
If you don’t already have a TopCashback account you can get yourself an additional 1875 free Avios by signing up through our exclusive link.
Hotels.com Triple Avios Bottom line
I wish Avios would make the terms of the offer clearer, especially as most people booking on Hotels.com will be collecting Rewards nights from their bookings.