Earning points for spending money on things besides flights has become a popular way for travelers to earn miles without deviating from their normal daily practices. As part of one of several collaborations between airlines and accommodation companies, members of British Airways’ loyalty program who book stays at Airbnb properties can now earn points toward their Avios accounts.
Travelers who already have an Airbnb account can now earn three Avios points per U.S. dollar, euro or British pound spent on an Airbnb reservation. To earn these points, Airbnb members must book their accommodation through British Airways’ Airbnb portal. For example, after spending $2,000 on Airbnb bookings, fairly easy to do for frequent travelers, BA loyalty members can earn 6,000 Avios points, enough to redeem for a flight.
New Airbnb members can take advantage of a sign-up bonus when they create their Airbnb account: They will be awarded 500 Avios points just for signing up.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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