By Stephanie Antin
Do you use Airbnb (note: this is an affiliate link) to book vacation rentals when traveling? Here’s a great new opportunity to grab some Avios, which are the mileage currency for Aer Lingus (Lyn’s favorite airline for flying to Europe!), British Airways and Iberia, to save up for a free flight to Europe.
The deal lets you earn 3 Avios per $1 spent with Airbnb (3 times the amount as Delta!), as well as a 500-Avios bonus when you make your first booking.
Additionally, you can earn 8,000 Avios as a first-time Airbnb host.
How to Earn Avios Through Airbnb
Here’s exactly what you’ll need to do to earn your Avios.
- Make sure you have a British Airways Executive Club account AND an Airbnb account.
- Start your Airbnb book at this link, and be sure your browser is set to allow tracking via “cookies”.
- Click Book Now to book an Airbnb OR
- Click Host Now if you’d like to sign up to be an Airbnb host.
- Enter your British Airways Executive Club number and click Continue.
- Complete the hosting or booking process.
The Avios should post to your account within 60 days.
Are the Rates the Same?
I checked rates on this site compared with going directly to Airbnb.com, and they were the same, although the fine print does say they could differ.
Remember to use a travel credit card that earns points/miles for travel purchases when you pay for your Airbnb.
Airbnb is one of the largest vacation home rental sites. For family travel, I feel it can often be more affordable than a hotel!
Instead of two hotel rooms, you can find a single space that will accommodate five or more people. Plus, you often have a kitchen to prepare your own meals, as well as a washer/dryer so you can bring fewer clothes. Oh, and did we mention how nice it is to have separate bedrooms? 😉
Read Lyn’s tips for booking a HomeAway, a similar vacation rental company.
Airbnb also offers shared space with the property’s owners if you want to stay on a tight budget.
Stephanie is the founder of AlmostFreeFamilyTravel.com.
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