What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also 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.  However, a positive response from readers – especially our 10,000 email subscribers – means I am now running this monthly article as a handy summary of what is going on.

Where should you credit your stays this month?

You have some pretty decent options at the moment.  I run through the options below.

Hotel Indigo Krakow

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

The Summer 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’ runs until 31st August.  This is my main article on the offer.

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

I had this for 48,900 points:

  • 5,000 points for a stay before 30th June
  • 2,500 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 5,600 points for staying two weekends (Fri / Sat or Sat / Sun)
  • 11,200 points for staying in IHG hotels in two different countries outside the UK
  • 3,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 11,000 points for completing four of the five targets above, excluding the June bonus

In recent days, an extra target has appeared which most people seem to have got:

  • 2,000 points for a stay in August

You need to register for ‘Accelerate’ – the link is here, where you will also find your personalised targets.  The IHG home page is here.

IHG Rewards Club logo 350

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

The Hilton offer looks good and is very straightforward.  You will receive double base points on every stay until 31st August.  Diamond members will receive triple points.

I wrote about this offer here.  If you have top tier status with another hotel programme, Hilton will match you to Diamond for 90 days which will allow you to receive triple points – I explain how to do it in this article.

You MUST register for double points by visiting this page of hilton.com.

Hilton is also running a separate offer which gives 2,000 Avios on your next five stays before 31st August.  This requires you to switch your earning preference to ‘points and miles’ instead of ‘points and points’ but it should be worth it unless you are doing a very expensive stay.  Full details, and the link to register for 2,000 bonus Avios, are in this article.

Club Carlson for hotel page

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

Club Carlson has its own generous offer which could – if the specifics make sense to you – be very lucrative.

Called ‘Free Fridays’, you will receive one free Friday night (valid at any hotel, to be used from October) for every two stays you do.

Alternatively, you can choose to receive 10,000 bonus Club Carlson points for every two stays.

The deal runs until 30th September and you’ll find full details in my article here.

Totally separately, this link gives you an exclusive 10% discount on many Radisson Blu hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Le Club AccorHotels logo

Le Club AccorHotels:

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Ibis / Novotel / Sofitel / Mecure etc, is currently running a generous triple points offer in the Asia-Pacific region.  Specifically, it covers:

Cambodia, Greater China (including Hong Kong ,Taiwan & Macao), India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, New Zealand

It is a good deal.  You will earn TRIPLE base points on every booking you make and complete before 10th September.

Even if you have no Accor status, you will be earning 7.5 points per €1 equivalent you spend.  This is worth 15% of your spend back in Accor vouchers or (if you credit to Iberia Plus and not British Airways) 7.5 Avios per €1 spent.  Status members will do even better.

You need to register via this page of the Accor website.

Bookings made before 10th June will not count so, if you have existing flexible bookings, you should cancel and rebook them as long as the price is no higher.

Totally separately, see this article for how to earn 500 bonus Avios on your next Novotel or Mercure stay before 30th September.

world-of-hyatt

World of Hyatt:

Hyatt has no global promotion at present.

SPG Starwood

Starwood (St Regis, Westin, Sheraton, Element, W, Luxury Collection etc)

I wrote about the new Starwood promotion here.  It is a simple one but comes with a small catch – it requires a stay of 2 nights or more.

2+ night stays between 27th May and 4th September will earn double points.  If your stay includes a Friday or Saturday night, the entire stay will earn triple points.

Registration is required via this page of the Starwood Preferred Guest website.  Check that your chosen hotel is on the list of those taking part.

I recommend this offer if you have a high value, multi-night trip planned, especially if it takes in a Friday or Saturday night.

marriott

Marriott (Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton etc):

The new Marriott Rewards offer, ‘Infinite Points’, covers the same dates as the Starwood offer – 27th May to 4th September.

You must register in advance via this website.

You earn no bonus for your first stay between 27th May and 4th September.  After that, you receive 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points for your 2nd and subsequent stays.

You also receive 2,000 additional Marriott Rewards bonus points for your 2nd and subsequent brands, so there is the potential to receive 4,000 bonus points per stay if you can brand-hop.

Because there is no minimum stay needed and because the bonus is a fixed amount, this offer works best for someone doing shorter and cheaper stays.  Don’t forget to register here.

Conclusion

The current offers are looking attractive, even without anything from Accor and Hyatt.

Having a choice of:

a ‘Free Friday’ or 10,000 bonus points from Club Carlson

or

double or triple Hilton points plus 2,000 bonus Avios

or

double Starwood bonus points (for 2+ night stays)

or

2,000 – 4,000 bonus Marriott points (from your 2nd stay)

or

a potential 30,000+ fairly easy points via IHG‘s Accelerate offer

is not a bad choice to have!

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Comments

  1. Hotels.com one reward night for every 10 paid for nights is also a good offer, particularly as can be combined with status awards.

  2. I’m very happy with a Hilton stay from last week – total spend £130 , recd 7300 HH & 2165 Avios

  3. O/T – IHG, recently (last week) made Spire Elite status, I didn’t get the 25,000 bonus points that come with it. Anybody know how long they take to post?

    • They don’t post automatically – you have to go in to yr profile page I think and select the benefit.

    • Andrew Little says:

      I had to call Customer Services to get my 25,000 points added.

    • It’s not automatic. Go into your IHG account and you’ll see a new menu option (forgotten the name). On that page you will be offered two choices – either 25,000 points OR free Platinum status for a friend. Select the points and they are added instantly.

  4. Does anyone have any updates on Kimpton Amsterdam stays counting towards Accelerate? I’ve emailed IHG twice now and not even had an acknowledgement…

    • They do NOT. IHG told me they did (in writing) but have now backtracked. They have, as compensation, given me the points I would have had from Accelerate if it had posted.

  5. Irritatingly the 5000 IHG points for bookings prior to end of September offer that appeared to be a targeted email still won’t update.

    I’m wondering if it conflicts with the existing Accelerate promotion, so will hold off deleting that email until after Accelerate finishes (and if it works, use it before the next one starts!)

  6. Has anyone had the 2000 points from staying in different Marriott brands yet?

    In other news, Hilton’s email team are refusing to give 2000 Avios for a stay (mistakenly) credited to Iberia. Twitter team seems more responsive, will report back.

    • Pangolin says:

      Nope. The brand bonus is expected to post towards the end of the promo period.

      The 2K stay bonus should post immediately.

    • I’m still confused as to whether once you’ve had the 10k from BA, whether you can then start with Iberia for another 10k. Has anyone got evidence of this working yet? I’m waiting for my weekend stay to credit to Iberia, but the invoice didn’t mention an extra 2k (whereas it did with BA).

      • Mrs W had a stay credited to Iberia, but no 2k bonus. I’m currently having a Twitter battle to get them credited.

  7. Matt Malone says:

    Has anyone had difficulty with an Accelerate target – spend $50 on food and beverage and get 500 points? I’ve spent well over this on multiple stays but it’s not registering?

    Contacted IHG who asked for copies of receipts and have now gone suspiciously quiet?!

    • It can take a while to register. Also needs to be $50 before tax, so needs to be over $60 gross. Maybe add on a bit more due to them using unfavorable exchange rate too.

  8. O/T guys

    if i choose to take up the upgrade to platinum amex offer, close it down after a couple months will i revert back to the gold card with another free year or only what was remaining when i upgraded?

    thanks

  9. I spent around £460 at a UK Novotel end of July and only got 2600 Accor points. I was expecting quadrupole as Im a platinum member. Were UK stays not included and was only mainland Europe? Or do I need to chase them? Offer page has gone so can’t check small print. Thanks

  10. Pangolin says:

    Just my luck to have picked the Sheraton Bratislava for my recent weekend stay. I just checked your list and that seems to be the only SPG property in Europe that’s not registered for 3x bonus.

  11. Genghis says:

    OT How should the double up points at SPG work if you’re Gold? Does the Gold bonus double up?
    i.e. is it 3 SPG/$ x 2 = 6 SPG/$ or (2 SPG/$ x 2) + 1 SPG/$ = 5 SPG/$

  12. I have an upcoming stay at an eligible SPG hotel starting on September 3rd for a month.

    Does anyone know whether I’d be able to take advantage of the 2x points offer, given my stay ends well beyond the promotion expiry date?

    It’s not clear in the T&Cs so I’d be interested to hear if anyone has had a similar experience with a past offer…

    • Normally you get it for the nights within the campaign period and not for any that are after it.

  13. Has anyone done the sums on how many points per € a platinum will get at Accor? There must be loads of Plats on here, to the end of the year at least anyway, when the status from Amex Plat runs out.

    • I’m not quite sure what sums there are to be done? It’s all on their website- varies by brand…

      https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/leclub/earn/earn-points.shtml

      • Ok, but what about the promo in the article? Do you get triple everything? Someone above mentioned quadruple points as a platinum?

        • Based on how other hotel promos have run (Hilton, etc.) I would be very surprised if they stacked, I’d imagine triple base points then usual Plat extra % on top.

          See last sentence of para 2 of the T&Cs…
          “2. This offer entitles Le Club AccorHotels members, regardless of their membership status, to multiply by x3 their Rewards points
          for a stay in one of the participating hotels in the Le Club AccorHotels Loyalty program. This bonus of Rewards points is offered in addition to the Rewards points and Status points that are usually earned by the Le Club AccorHotels member for each eligible stay done in application to the Le Club Accorhotels General Conditions of Use.
          This promotion is not applicable for hotel partners of Le Club AccorHotels.
          The number of Rewards points earned for this offer are calculated based on a Classic membership status level earn rate.”

          Might be worth checking Accor forum on FT, am sure some folk there will have had some stays – nothing recent with them for me so no personal experience I’m afraid.

        • That was me mentioning quadrupole points but I was referring to the offer they were running the other month which had now ended, sorry should have said OT

  14. Accelerate Q3 will be running from Sept 1 to Dec 31

    https://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/offers/q3accelerate2017

  15. John Gallagher says:

    I (Hilton Diamond) need to book quite an expensive stay at a Conrad hotel for October.
    Am I best wait to see what the next promotion brings which I assume will be released in early September once the triple points for a Diamond member on ends 31/08?

    • Hilton Promos have historically provided credit for bookings made prior to the promo start date (unlike some IHG Accelerate targets) so not much of a risk to book in advance – although if a poor promo would mean you would book with another chain then obviously don’t book a non-flexible rate in case you decide to change where you are staying after the promo is announced…

  16. Answer 2: Heed the information above and do not think we are a state of the US!

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