What are the best hotel promos for April?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on each hotel scheme.

Where should you credit your stays this month?

Most major hotel groups use Easter as a convenient break between promotions.  What this means, if you look at the list below, is that a lot of deals are closing this week and we don’t yet know what will replace them.

Once we get beyond 15th April, you can forget about IHG, Starwood and Marriott.  However, with VERY strong offers from Hilton, Accor and Club Carlson running beyond 15th April, you won’t be short of options.

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Chains still offering deals beyond 16th April:

Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc):

The Hilton offer also looks good and is very straightforward.  You will receive 2,000 bonus Hilton Honors points per night, which I would value at £6-£8.  This offer stacks with the ‘earn up to quadruple Avios’ deal so you can earn both on the same stay.

I wrote about the ‘doubling up’ aspect of this offer here.  Here is my main article on the ‘2000 points’ offer.  You should get the 2000 points per night on reward stays too.

Both of these offers run until 30th April.  Importantly, the ‘2,000 bonus points’ offer kicks in from your first stay so it is a bonus you can hit even if you’re only doing one stay over the next few weeks.

Both offers need registration – the links are in the articles above.  The Hilton home page is here.

Club Carlson for hotel page

Club Carlson (Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Red):

Club Carlson has just launched a new offer which I will hopefully cover tomorrow.

The headline details are:

triple points on all stays before 30th June (register here)

5000 extra bonus points if your stay includes a Sunday or Monday (and 10000 points if it includes both!)

3000 extra bonus points for your first app booking (details here)

This has the potential to be very generous indeed if you stay the right combination of nights.  A full analysis of this deal is on the way.

Le Club AccorHotels logo

Le Club AccorHotels:

Le Club AccorHotels is offering a generous ‘triple Avios’ promotion until 30th June.

This is good for stays at Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman, Mercure, Ibis, M Gallery etc.

You will earn at least 7.5 Avios per €1 you spend, except at Ibis where the rate is lower.  If you have Accor status you will earn even more.  A £500 Novotel stay would earn you 4,500 Avios points which is certainly not to be sniffed at.

The promo is a little fiddly and you need to send the Avios to Iberia Plus, not BA, before moving them across to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.  Full details are in this article.  The Accor home page is here.

World of Hyatt:

Hyatt has just launched a new offer.  Called ‘Double Points for Being You’ (?!), it is a simple offer.  You will receive double World of Hyatt base points on all stays between 1st April and 30th June, starting with your second stay.

Full details can be found in this article.

Chains with offers ending on 15th April:

If you are booking a last minute break for the Easter, you should also consider these deals:

IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Indigo, Staybridge Suites etc):

The Spring version of IHG’s ‘Accelerate’ is probably the best choice for most people with lighter schedules.  As targets are personalised it is totally dependent on what you were offered but you should be able to rack up a significant number of bonus points with just a few nights.

‘Accelerate’ only runs until 15th April.  This was the article I wrote on it.

Everyone has individual targets, but they are generally fairly easy.  You can earn around 30,000 bonus points with the points starting to flow from your first stay.

My wife, for example, got this for 41,000 points:

  • 3,000 points on her next stay
  • 1,000 points for a stay in January
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 2,000 points for applying for an IHG Rewards Club credit card
  • 3,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 21,400 points for completing three of the four targets above excluding the January bonus

This is exceptionally easy.  All she has to do is make ONE stay, for one night, on a Bonus Points Package rate!  As long as she also applies for the free IHG credit card, that will be 30,000 points banked.

You need to register for ‘Accelerate’ – the link is in the article above – although with only four days to go you won’t achieve much!  The IHG home page is here.

SPG Starwood

Starwood (St Regis, Westin, Sheraton, Element, W, Luxury Collection etc) and Marriott (Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton etc):

This is less exciting, unless you have an expensive stay planned.

Starwood and Marriott are basically running the same promotion following their merger – double points for your first three stays at each chain.  It certainly isn’t a reason for shifting business to either chain but you should obviously register if you will be doing a stay anyway.

It is too late to register for these offers if you haven’t done so already.  Registration closed on 15th March even though both offers run until 15th April.  Full details are in this article.

Conclusion

Whilst IHG, Starwood and Marriott don’t have anything to offer you beyond Saturday, the remaining offers are particularly attractive.

Having a choice of (beyond the 15th April):

at least 7.5 Avios per €1 from Accor (Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure etc)

or

triple points from Club Carlson plus 5000 points for Sunday and Monday nights plus 3000 points for an app booking

or

2000 Hilton bonus points per night plus, if you choose ‘points and miles’, up to quadruple Avios

is not a bad choice to have!

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Comments

  1. Lewis Watson says:

    Is there any news on a summer ihg accelerate?

  2. Thanks for the Club Carlson, need to be in Oslo in June now staying a Sunday/Monday night. Perfect. Time to switch from my usual Nordic Choice hotel I think and maximise these points as I was finding it hard to redeem some nights with Nordic Choice

    • Frense says:

      Indeed perfect. Probably get around 30K points for a Monday-Wednesday Oslo stay. I might even have dinner in the hotel to get 4K points. That should give me enough points for one of Radisson beach resorts next year.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I’d happily recommend the Radisson Blu Plaza. Great access to public transport (right next to the station) and spectacular views of the city (I think it’s one of the tallest buildings). Breakfast a little hectic and concierge service non-existent though. Pro-tip: if you’re on a high floor you can take the glass elevator on the side of the building down to street level as a quick way to get out and about.

      With the current CC promotion and cashback websites you’re getting perhaps a 50% rebate, more depending on your elite level and how the 5k per night stacks up against the room rate.

  3. Chris Cannon says:

    Any ideas on what Hilton will have in May Rob? Feels like back to earth with a bump from where we are at the moment and if nothing else pops up will have to switch earnings preferences to maximise up coming stays

  4. TGLoyalty says:

    FYI this Carlson promo is capped at 100,000 points

  5. James67 says:

    There is also 500 points for Hilton bookings via their app. This will work better for cheaper one night stays than going via estore etc but all depends on individual collection preferences.

    • I have 3 stays now with no App bonus.
      So at least for me it’s not automatically posting.
      I also had problems earlier in year getting the 5k bonus from the app and the 5k f or paying with visa (I use my HH visa via the HH app for hilton bookings).
      It should all work as its via their app, but doesn’t seem to..

      • James67 says:

        Just have to contact CS, good luck,, IME they are either great or useless.

      • I had no problems with the 5k promos

        The app one didn’t work for early March stays but is working since then

  6. SteveW says:

    Re IHG Accelerate. I have a one night stay with a check-in on 15th April. Will this be included for accelerate or does the check-out date of 16th mean it’s outside of the promo?

  7. Mud Island Mlungu says:

    Apologies for being off topic.

    Called BA at 1am this morning to book in a return flight on a BAPP 2-4-1. Dialled the US, got through to India and the lady was happy to process 1 Apr 2018 from CPT-LHR then and there. No admin charge either.

    I was worried that they would make me call back at 6am and because it’s the easter weekend on that date it would have gone already.

    Seems to work if you ask nicely.

    Interesting point is that that date for CW is peak yet the same flight on First is off peak.

    • Kinkell says:

      Just keep an eye on when/if they take the payment. I did as you have done, but eventually had to phone up BA to ask when they would be taking payment, only to find it hadn’t been processed, hence no ticket numbers even though the trip appeared in MMB..

      • Ditto, this is especially true for T-355, they can fall off their system. Bit ridiculous us having to chase them up to issue ticket weeks after booking and originally handing out payment details.

        If Alex is reading, there’s today’s cost saving, take the punters money when they​ fffing show it you! Think of the cash flow & interest payments!

  8. TGLoyalty says:

    O/T but online order from Waitrose on the weekend has tracked on Virgin, as I thought since the payment is processed by the store.

    Anyone had any luck with John Lewis gift card bought in waitrose tracking?

    I know tracking doesn’t mean it will pay but its half the battle

  9. Richard says:

    OT but hotel related. Are there any ways to pick up SPG / Marriott points quickly outside of the usual suspects (SPG Amex, gold/plat Amex)? Not sure if there’s anyway to get points from Tesco/HSBC/TCB etc?

  10. OT – re: Priority Pass and Gatwick South lounge access – Grain Store £15 per person bill credit.

    https://www.prioritypass.com/en/Lounges/Europe/United-Kingdom/London/London-Gatwick/LGW13D-Grain-Store#

    I’ve got a PP via Amex Plat, so one free guest. Anyone had actual experience with receiving this credit? Will I receive total £30 credit if i go with my guest?

    Thanks in advance!

  11. sprout7 says:

    Think I can guess the answer to this… 😉
    If I book a Hilton stay through a cash back website presumably I won’t get any points for the stay?
    Therefore, unless your employer is paying for the stay, surely it’s better to book leisure stays with a cash back site as you often get around 10% cash back?

    • If you go through the cashback site to the official Hilton site, then yes – you get the cashback and the points/stay credit. The thing is that Hilton isn’t on the main cashback sites in the UK, at least not for all. But you can go through Virgin/Avios and get air miles – plus the usual Hilton points for the actual stay.
      No points if you book the HIlton room via Expedia or some other third-party site.

      • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

        Hilton are on TopCashback…

        • They are I’m still chasing a stay booked for the summer of 2015. When I put the claim in, the TCB rep asked me to make sure I wait until after I’d stayed there….??? #ReadTheDetails

    • You guessed wrong 😉 If a proper cashback site (Quidco, TCB, etc.) then you get the points – you’re not purchasing from the cashback site but from the retailer, you’re just clicking through first.

  12. OT: Booked four flights after registering for the BA Triple Avios promotion: 1 x BA, 3 x Iberia.

    Single Avios credited for all four – neither BA nor Iberia will budge on the single rate as booking was made direct with Iberia (London > Marrakech). Both airlines claiming the other is responsible.

    Not impressed with either TBH.

    Has anyone else had problems securing Triple Avios from the ‘book and travel before 31 March 2017’ offer?

    • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

      Worked for me every time (even got an economy [LCY-TXL] booking upgraded with avios to post as triple club avios and TP). BUT I always booked and flew BA.

  13. OT: I have a reservation at Conrad Tokyo coming up. It’s two nights on Visa certificates (one mine and other gf) and two nights paid. I’ve e-mailed the hotel and they’re happy to keep us in the same room. I’ve recently become Hilton Gold – would we get the benefits (i.e. breakfast) on check in or will they only see my gf’s silver (as her certificate is the first night)?

    • Strictly speaking you should only get it on 3 of the 4 nights (if the paid nights are booked under your account) and Japan is a stickler for rules usually, but I think they will let you have it as long as you clarify the situation at check-in. Why didn’t you put your own free night first…?

      Btw, you won’t earn any base points for the stay as it is a paid combined with award (though you might because Hilton often erroneously credits points).

      However, if your free night was first, then your gf’s, then the paid stay, you yourself would have checked out, “gone away” for 1 night and then checked in again, and the paid stay would earn base points – again assuming that it’s under your account – which would also get you more points as Gold than Silver. It may be worth trying to rebook if possible

      • Thanks for this. When we booked we were both Silver and weren’t expecting to get to Gold so it didn’t really matter who went first. Will see what they say.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I would email the hotel and ask them to add the gold card Honors # to the booking. This worked for me (funnily enough in Osaka) where I was Diamond but my OH was Gold.

      Conrad Tokyo is great. Would definitely recommend a late-night swim. Their pool is on a high floor with floor-to-ceiling windows.

    • Julie M says:

      I stayed at the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku last month, booked using my husband’s account on points (he’s a blue member) and on check in showed them my Diamond card. The gentleman at the front desk was very helpful and changed the booking from my husband’s account into mine so we got full breakfast and lounge access. Not sure if all the front desk staff would have done the same thing or we just got lucky.

  14. OT can you transfer e.g. 9150 MR pts to SPG or do they have to be in multiples of 1000. Also I am 6150 KR miles short for my upcoming redemption so going to get hubby to transfer his MR pts to his SPG account and then transfer to my SPG account. Can he transfer 6150 SPG to me or does that have to be multiples of 1000 pts ? Don’t want to transfer more than I need to.

    • Points have to be transferred in multiples of 400, so will need to be 8800 MR points (for 4400 SPG) or 9200 (for 4600 SPG).

      Whole process will take just over a week probably (i.e. husband MR account to your SPG account). When Amex MR site asks for your SPG number, add in “0000” beforehand for it to work…!

  15. krys_k says:

    OT, but linked. Heads up about the Hilton price guarantee. Booked Hilton Mexico City 36 hours out, spotted a cheaper room, same spec, for 30% less on third party site. Used online form, was told it wouldn’t be honored as I needed to have made the claim 24 hours before day of booking…but how is the possible when I only booked 12 hours out! Don’t think they are honoring the spirit of the guarantee.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I believe the intent is to exclude last-minute bookings from the guarantee.

      • krys_k says:

        Get it, Thanks. Will still try to discuss situation with the duty maanger…

        • krys_k says:

          Just to say…Mexico City Hilton…really great. Staff are super, upgrade to top floor etc. a really great experience.

        • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

          Best bet in this sort of situation is probably just to contact reservations at the hotel directly before you book and ask them to match the rate.

  16. OT: how long does it normally take for the £15 lounge club charge to appear on Amex Gold statement when you use it beyond the two free visits?

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