I posted earlier this week about the free night at selected 5-star Melia hotels that has been offered to all UK American Express Platinum cardholders. (You can still get this if you sign up for the card now – see my review of the card here, see Amex Plat’s own home page here.) It is fair to say that this is actually an Amex benefit which has got people a little excited, for once.
As a follow up to this, I wanted to mention a few things about Melia Rewards, the loyalty scheme for Melia Hotels. There are four reasons why you should join. I could have written separate posts about each of these, but as it is a minority subject for UK readers then I have put everything down here briefly.
This is the link to join Melia Rewards. It is free to join and you receive 2,000 Melia Rewards points immediately.
Reason 1 to join:
Your 2,000 free points for joining is enough to get you a ‘cash and points’ award night. This could be very handy if you were planning to add an extra night to your American Express Platinum free night.
You will probably save €20+ via this route on booking a room for one night.
Reason 2 to join:
You receive a 15% discount code when you join, valid on your next booking at melia.com. Again, this could be very handy if you were planning to add an extra night to your Amex Plat free night.
Reason 3 to join:
You will earn points for any additional spend you make whilst on your free Amex Plat night. You only need to spend €10 to earn enough for an Avios conversion! You receive 10 points per €1 spent, and 100 points get you 15 Avios in Iberia Plus. (You can move these to BA or avios.com via ‘Combine My Avios’). There does not appear to be a minimum conversion amount.
Note – the 2,000 points you receive for signing up cannot be transferred to airline miles!
Reason 4 to join:
You get some freebies even as a base level member of Melia Rewards – included free mineral water and free Wi-Fi in communal areas. These are worth having on your free Amex night.
I hope this was a decent overview to Melia Rewards. There is no reason not to join if you intend to use your American Express Platinum free night – if nothing else, you often get better treatment if you are a member of the loyalty programme, even if you have no points and no stays! All members get free mineral water for a start, plus free wi-fi in communal areas.
(PS. You may also want to look at this post for how to get a ’2 for the price of 1′ stay at Melia)