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Earn 50% bonus Avios on Airbnb stays and experiences this month

June 03, 2022
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We've previously highlighted ways to earn extra points and miles when booking with Airbnb. Between using the right credit card and double dipping with airline miles on Airbnb stays, the earnings can add up.

Through June 28, you can earn 4.5 Avios per dollar spent on Airbnb stays and Airbnb experiences. That's 50% above your normal earnings, so let's look at this limited-time promotion to help you maximize it.

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50% bonus Avios with Airbnb promotion

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You can earn 50% bonus Avios, which brings your total to 4.5 Avios per dollar spent with Airbnb during the promotion. Eligible bookings are May 31-June 28. This includes stays and experiences — which can include tours, outdoor activities like whale watching, cooking classes or even a great photographer to snap photos for your Instagram during your next vacation.

TPG values Avios at 1.5 cents each. Thus, 4.5 Avios are worth 6.75 cents — a 6.75% return on your spending. And that's in addition to any credit card points you earn from your stay.

Related: 15 tips that will help you score the perfect Airbnb every time

In order to earn your extra Avios, there are some important terms to understand:

  • You can earn Avios with Airbnb but will not earn tier points toward British Airways elite status.
  • You must provide your British Airways Executive Club number during the booking process.
  • Start at the promotion landing page to complete your bookings so the bonus Avios will track.
  • The name on the reservation must match the name on the Executive Club account provided during booking; otherwise, Avios will not be awarded.
  • Avios will be credited within 60 days of eligible stays or activities.
  • Only new bookings made during the promotion period are eligible, not existing bookings that fall within these dates.

Maximizing this promotion

You can earn Avios on your stay or Airbnb experience, but that is just one side of the equation. You can also double dip by earning a second set of points. This is based on what credit card you use.

The following cards can provide good value when paying for reservations with Airbnb:

* Note that the Ink Preferred card earns 3 points per dollar on up to the first $150,000 of spending per year in bonus categories, which include travel, then 1 point per dollar.

Another option for earning extra rewards is buying Airbnb gift cards and using those to pay for your bookings. You can buy Airbnb gift cards at supermarkets and earn 4 Membership Rewards points per dollar with the American Express® Gold Card (on up to $25,000 in grocery purchases per calendar year, then 1 point per dollar). Even better, you could buy Airbnb gift cards at an office supply store with the Ink Business Cash Credit Card. This card earns 5% cash back on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on internet, cable and phone services each account anniversary year, then 1%. Plus, if you have a card that earns Ultimate Rewards, you can combine these earnings to turn cash-back rewards into Ultimate Rewards points.

Thus, you can earn points and miles from your credit card on top of the Avios you earn from the Airbnb promotion. We call this double dipping on rewards.

Just remember that you need to go through the British Airways website first to earn the bonus Avios from this promotion. Follow the normal booking process and pay with your preferred method at checkout so you can scoop up extra rewards in the process.

Featured image by (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

1 - 3X points
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points60,000 points
For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent, Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases