How to earn points and miles on your next spa treatment

Feb 16, 2022

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If you are looking for a bit of pampering or just a relaxing way to unwind, did you know there are multiple ways to earn points and miles for spa and beauty treatments?

Here is how you can earn lots of miles and points on your next spa treatment.

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Always charge treatments to your hotel room where possible

If you are staying in a hotel or resort that earns hotel points, such as a Hilton, Marriott or Hyatt property, make sure you charge any treatments to your room whenever you can, rather than just paying for the treatment on the spot. The reason for this is because you will usually earn hotel points for room charges when you settle your final bill, while you may miss out if you pay at the spa and don’t link the purchase to your room.

Spa treatments at fancy hotels can be pricey so you can potentially earn plenty of hotel points

For example, at most Marriott properties you will earn 10 points per US$1 (approx 7 points per £1) spent on eligible hotel charges, including dining, beverages, rounds of golf, spa services and more. This means that while that $100 massage might seem like a pricey splurge you can pick up 1,000 Bonvoy points, which TPG UK currently values at £7.

Related: Why I always charge my meals, gifts and spa treatments to my hotel room

(Photo by Lori Zaino/The Points Guy)

Use online shopping portals when booking independent treatments and purchasing products

Shopping portals are an excellent way to boost your points and miles balances for purchases you are already making.

Airline online shopping portals exist in order to award members with miles for making purchases with dozens — if not hundreds — of retailers. At the most basic level, you can be earning bonus points and miles for making purchases that you’d be making regardless. You’re still purchasing the exact same things directly from the same retailer. But instead of going directly to the retailer’s website, you’ll first go to the airline shopping portal, log in, click through to the retailer’s website and make your purchase directly through that window.

British Airways eStore offer up to 9 Avios per £1 spent at the following spa retailers:

Over at the Virgin Atlantic Shops Away eStore there’s up to 10 Virgin Points per £1 on offer with Virgin Experience Days, as well as lower amounts at the following retailers:

How does earning 10 Virgin Points per £1 while enjoying a discounted luxury spa day for two people sound?

Screenshot from Virgin Experience Days

 

Related: 7 of the best city spa hotels in the UK

Pay with the right credit card

You can easily double dip your points and miles earning by using the right credit card to pay for the above two options. For example, if you were staying at a Marriott property and charging your spa treatments to your room, and then paying your final bill with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card you could earn:

This means a £200 hotel room night with a cheeky £100 spa treatment to unwind would net an impressive 4,200 Bonvoy points all while you’re wrapped up in a bathrobe with cucumber slices on your eyes.

If you have a British Airways of Virgin Atlantic branded credit card, unfortunately you won’t bonus points for spa purchases or treatments through the related airlines shopping portals as they only offer double points for spend directly with the airline, or the airlines holidays booking platform. Nonetheless you can still earn up to 1.5 points per £1 with the right credit card.

Related: 7 of the best country spa hotels in the UK

(Photo courtesy of Ye Olde Belle)

Bottom line

Spa treatments, especially at fancy hotels are a real indulgence and don’t come cheap.

One way to soften the blow of a high priced facial, massage or steam room session is to ensure you are maximising your points and miles earning on every treatment, or purchase.

Featured image courtesy of Gilpin Hotel and Lodge

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