What are the best hotel promos currently available? (registrations close today)

Welcome to our regular 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.

It is important to note that registration closes today for the Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood promotions.  You MUST sign up today if you think there is a chance you may end up staying with any of these chains over the next few weeks.

Where should you credit your stays?

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 Autumn 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.

The latest round of ‘Accelerate’ runs until 31st December.  This is my 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 48,100 points:

  • 5,000 points for a stay in September
  • 2,000 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 4,000 points for booking a two-night weekend stay
  • 2,500 points for two stays booked via my corporate rate (the company I haven’t worked for in 6 years!)
  • 6,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 2,000 points for getting the IHG credit card
  • 5,000 points for renewing my Ambassador membership
  • 11,000 points for completing six of the seven targets above, excluding the September bonus

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

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

The Hilton offer looks ok and is very straightforward.  You will receive double base points on every stay until 31st December.  There is no minimum stay required and every Hilton hotel is participating.

I wrote about this offer here.

Hilton is still status matching too.  If you have status with another hotel programme, Hilton will match you to Gold or Diamond for 90 days – I explain how to do it in this article.

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

If you collect Avios, you should also consider this Triple Avios offer (click for details) alongside Double Points.
Club Carlson for hotel page

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

There is no global Club Carlson promotion at the moment although some members were emailed individual bonus offers.

Remember that the Radisson Blu and Park Inn ‘Dream Deals’ sale is still running for a few days.  More information is in this article.

Le Club AccorHotels logo

Le Club AccorHotels:

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Ibis / Novotel / Sofitel / Mecure etc, is not running a global promotion at present.

Best Western Rewards:

Best Western Rewards rarely runs major promotions.  However, for December and January, you will receive a £10 Best Western gift voucher after every stay.

Best Western is also an Avios partner now (see this article) so you will earn 500 Avios on every stay too if you choose miles instead of points.  You can also choose to receive Virgin Flying Club miles.

Full details and the link to register for the £10 gift card promotion are in this article.

(PS.  Early versions of my article on the £10 gift card promotion on Tuesday said that Avios was not a Best Western partner.  I totally forgot that they had just joined.  The online article is now correct but the emails had already been sent. Sorry for any confusion.)

world-of-hyatt

World of Hyatt:

Hyatt is currently running a ‘double points’ promotion.  You will receive double base points in World of Hyatt on all stays before the end of 2017.

REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY, 30th November.  Make sure you sign up if there is a chance you will have a Hyatt stay in the next month.  Full details and the registration link are in this article.

SPG Starwood

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

The Starwood offer is pretty weak, to be honest, because it is restricted to only some of their hotels.

Until 15th January, you will earn either 500 or 1,000 bonus SPG points per stay, based on brand, but only if your chosen hotel is participating.

If your chosen hotel is taking part then you are not getting a bad deal on a cheap stay, given that I value 500 Starwood points at £7.50 and 1,000 points at £15.  Here is the list of 1,000 point hotels and here is the list of 500 point hotels.

Registration is required via this page of the Starwood websiteREGISTRATION ENDS TODAY (30th November) which is six weeks before the promotion ends, so please sign up today if there is any chance you may end up with a stay.

marriott

Marriott (Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton etc):

The new Marriott Rewards offer, a free night for just two stays, covers the same dates as the Starwood offer, expiring on 15th January.

You must register in advance of your stay via this website.

After two stays, you will receive a voucher for a free night at a Category 1-5 Marriott Rewards hotel.  This would usually cost between 7,500 and 25,000 Marriott Rewards points.  You are limited to one free night per account.

The voucher is valid for six months and can be used whenever there is standard reward availability showing.  The only snag is the limited number of Category 1-5 hotels in major cities in Europe and North America.  

My full article on this offer is hereDon’t forget to register TODAY (30th November) which is six weeks before the offer ends.

And don’t forget double Avios with Kaligo.com ….

Hotel booking site Kaligo.com has been fairly quiet on the promotional front recently.  They now have a new offer available:

You will receive double Avios – up to 40 per £1 but usually less – on all bookings made by 31st December 2017

The stay must be completed by 30th March 2018

If you live outside the UK, you will get a further 25% Avios bonus if you pay with a BA non-UK credit card from Royal Bank of Canada, Russian Standard Bank, ABSA Bank, First Carribean Bank, Butterfield, Dah Sing Bank, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, EnterCard, CornerCard

Full details can be found here.  This is a special booking page for the deal.

Like similar sites such as PointsHound and Rocketmiles, hotel bookings via Kaligo.com are treated as non-qualifying stays.  This means that you won’t receive any points in Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club etc or, most of the time, receive any status benefits due to you.  Marriott is the only major chain to give status benefits – but not points – on indirect bookings.

Assuming there is no price difference, this offer is best used when staying at a hotel outside one of the major chains.

Conclusion

The current offers are looking attractive, even without anything from Accor or Carlson.

Having a choice of:

double Hilton or Hyatt points

or

a free night after just two Marriott stays

or

a potential 40,000+ fairly easy points via IHG‘s Accelerate offer

or

a £10 gift card from Best Western 

is not a bad choice to have!

PS.  If you booking a luxury hotel, remember that we can offer you exclusive additional benefits at Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula and similar hotels.  Click here for details of our luxury hotel booking service in association with Bon Vivant / Virtuoso.  Feedback from readers who have used this service so far has been excellent and we have booked over £600,000 of rooms so far.

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Comments

  1. The Renaissance LHR is category 5 somehow despite its recent refurb to a decent standard. Great use of the voucher since the hotel has the very best view of Heathrow and is generally reasonably nice!

    • Yes we stopped over last week and it was very nice for a night’s stop over. Parking was reasonable to at 15GBP a day.

  2. Rob, did you forget a Hilton logo / pic?

    And maybe the Triple Avios deal???
    http://www.headforpoints.com/2017/10/19/earn-triple-avios-on-hilton-stays-this-autumn-register-now/

  3. We are planning a weekend in London in May so have been tracking both cash rates and redemptions for some time now. Since the 25% sale started both cash and point prices have been hiked across the board. I am quite surprised at the scale of the hike in points pricing, it would be interesting to know if others are experiencing similar across other destinations and dates. The thing I don’t like about the recent changes to Honors is that it allows them to drip feed devaluation in the hope that nobody will notice. I’m also getting tired of Hilton and Accor in advertising ‘sales’ in which they hike prices, were it not for diamond status benefits I would shun them for this reason alone.

    • I can’t think why London prices have increased in May next year…

      It’s miles from Windsor isn’t it?

    • Totally agree re redemption pricing issue – sadly that’s what I feared when they brought in their new system. If it wasn’t for decent elite benefits and good worldwide coverage I wouldn’t be using them as much.

      • Hoping my diamond only falls to gold as a result of my amex platinum status request. The said it would but I will believe it when I see it, I should have requested email confirmation. If it happens I will stick with them, otherwise back to best hotel deal for me on a stay by stay basis regardless of loyal scheme.

  4. IHG accelerate question.
    I have “Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster”.
    I see a rate that is “1000 Bonus Points Package” and a but cheaper member rate for “1000 Bonus Points” eg the word “Package” is missing.
    Will it he member rate still trigger the target (and therefore my 6,600 points and the larger bonus of 18,600 points for hitting 5/6 targets). Any experiences in the group?

    Thanks

    • Oh, both rates are next to each other (the cleaner member rate is earlier).

      • read what exactly small print say – i had huge argument with IHG last week about this particular bonus point package target – they tried hard to refuse honor points and only stepped back, when i copy/paste them t&c from their website…

  5. Concerto says:

    Once again Rob, how do you manage to keep such reasonable Accelerate targets? Mine have gone up and up, so I don’t bother with it any more.

    • Probably because I usually fail to achieve them all, on the grounds of not actually having that many paid hotel stays, and those we do are often in places where IHG has little coverage. Since I got Hilton Diamond locked in until March 2019 via the status challenge I have also been shifting some stays to them.

      • One of my IHG targets is “Stay at 3 Holiday Inn Hotels” – I couldn’t understand why no activity was showing on this in my “promotions dashboard” so I emailed them. Turns out I can’t read! They literally mean “Holiday Inn Hotels” not IHG Group, not Holiday Inn Express Hotels.

        The full title is:
        “Stay at 3 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)—including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations®—and earn 7,200 bonus points” which kind of suggests that Holiday Inn Express is included but they confirmed to me by email that they are not.

        Just wanted to warn others.

        • Yep, am afraid that’s always been the case – HIX is treated as a separate brand to HI.

  6. Starwood have some wonderful properties which if I understand correctly Marriott may be offloading before the merger. But the lack of availability in the UK is frustrating especially so when SPG points are so good to convert plus, the current double points offer on the card for SPG/Marriott spend.

    • You cannot transfer Meridiana Avios to BA, that’s the issue.

    • Won’t the 500 avios be orphaned for the time being, though?

      • You are also orphaning whatever base Avios you get from Kaligo – which makes your risk bigger if it turns out Meridiana doesn’t join the ‘one Avios’ plan next year.

        If you want a quick free 500 Avios, do this TODAY – http://www.kulula.com/campaign/avios/2017/bonus-avios-terms-and-conditions Use your UK Avios number, works fine (I have my 500 Avios).

        • Does Rob / anyone know if this promo was due to end on 31 Oct and was extended?
          T&Cs are inconsistent.

          2.1 …closes at midnight on 30 November 2017 (the Promotion Dates).
          2.2 ….[link] kulula ID during the period 10 October 2017 to 31 October 2017
          2.5.2 …period 10 October 2017 to 31 October 2017

          Entrants must live in the Republic of South Africa! Let’s see if the points post!

        • Dunno. I did mine fore 31st October to be honest. But it only takes a minute to set up a Kulula profile and add in your Avios number so ….

        • the real harry1 says:

          site didn’t work for me fwiw – they didn’t activate my a/c

  7. OT/ I have 9,000 Club Carlson points expiring next week, anything I can do with them or keep them active?

  8. The Original Nick says:

    O:T, When the free night Ambassador night is used is it only allowed on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night?

    • Technically the voucher is used on the 2nd night of the weekend, so it can only be used on a Sat (if you stay Fri/Sat) or Sun (if you stay Sat/Sun). Middle East different.

  9. Re: Hilton Status Match.

    Does anyone have experience of matching Melia Gold? Do you think it might get Hilton Diamond?

    I want to get diamond for my wife who is already Hilton gold. She has SPG/Marriott Gold and Actor Platinum but no recent stays with any if them.

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