Originally, one of the main “turn offs” for points collectors with Airbnb compared to hotel chains was that you didn’t earn air miles on Airbnb bookings. A couple years ago Airbnb realised and now have partnerships in place with ANA (All Nippon Airways), Delta Airlines, Qantas and most recently British Airways. The ability to earn British Airways Avios is probably of the most interest for UK points collectors, though the other 3 airlines all have routes to/from London. Now, until 15th December, it is possible to earn double the usual amount of bonus Avios on Airbnb bookings.
1,000 Bonus Avios On Airbnb Bookings
Only last week we covered that you can earn Avios on Airbnb bookings or 8,000 Avios if you become an Airbnb host. Airbnb in partnership with British Airways have now increased their welcome bonus for new Airbnb guests from 500 Avios to 1,000 Avios.
Typical earning rates for Avios based on Airbnb stays are as follows:
- Earn 3 Avios per £1 / €1 / $1 spent
- New Airbnb customers receive a further 500 Avios as a welcome bonus
This offer of earning 1,000 Avios as a welcome bonus ends on 15th December 2019.
To earn Avios on Airbnb stays you need to be book via the dedicated Airbnb / British Airways partnership site.
Ongoing Airbnb Promotions
The only way to book Airbnb properties is directly on the Airbnb platform – though recently they have started to list their properties on hotel comparison sites such as Trivago. This never happened in the past but as they start to attack the hotel market, then hotel comparison site provide an opening for Airbnb.
Here is the list of ongoing Airbnb promotions for 2019, including the Airbnb Experience discount.
£25 Off Your First Airbnb Stay
Airbnb are offering £25 off your first Airbnb booking for new members, ideal if you are planning on using their platform to book your spring/summer holiday accommodation. In brief, register on Airbnb and receive £25 off your first booking of accommodation of £55 or more. Usual bonus is £15 for signing up to Airbnb. You have 12 months to use the free credit.
This £25 bonus cannot be used with the 1,000 Avios welcome bonus so choose which offer is best for you. It all depends how hungry you are for Avios.
£9 Off Your First Airbnb Experience Booking
New customers who book an Airbnb Experience receive £9 off their first booking. Register on Airbnb and receive £9 off your first booking of £36 or more. That’s a saving of up to 25% off an Airbnb Experience. Credit remains on your account for 12 months.
This article covers both of the current Airbnb promotions.