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