This is the fourth – and final – post in a series called How To Identify The Best Hotel Deals on Avios.
Right, so I’ve decided which hotel to stay in using my Avios. So I book online now, don’t I?
NO! YOU SHOULD NEVER BOOK ONLINE!
I wrote last week about Why You Should Always Redeem Avios Over The Telephone. In this post I explained that it’s better to book a hotel using your Avios over the telephone because it allows you to:
- Make Requests
- Ask Questions
Booking your stay over the telephone allows you to ask Avios if the cost of the hotel is the best deal they can offer. When I asked this, they knocked £20 off. This isn’t a huge amount but it’s still well worth having – it’ll pay for the lounge when I’m at the Airport. I also made a request for a room with a balcony or a canal view, which wouldn’t have been possible if I booked via the Avios website. And I asked a couple of questions about the nearest best Airport to fly to and which airlines go there.
Other Tips for Booking a Hotel Using Avios
This series of posts is only really a guide how to identify the best ROI for Avios, it doesn’t take into account the location of a hotel; some people will like to be in the centre with all it’s ‘hustle and bustle’ whereas others would prefer to be on the fringes, so always check you are happy with the location of a hotel before you book.
Another thing to check is if the room rate includes breakfast. Some hotels will include breakfast on their website but with Avios it will say room only – play them off to get the best deal. Paying for breakfast every day for 2 (or however many) people can add up.
As I said in my last post, double-check the cash price before you exchange your Avios, both with the hotel directly and via Trip Advisor (which will check against Expedia.co.uk, Booking.com, lastminute.com, ebookers.com, Hotels.com and numerous others). If you’re not getting a very good deal with your Avios (i.e. upwards of 1p) save them and use them for something else, if you can.
I’m very pleased with the deal I got at the Palazzo Sant’Angelo in Venice. I hope this set of posts helps you find something you are happy with, too If you’ve liked this set of posts remember you can keep in touch with Loyalty Program by following our the Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.