Current Hotel Promotions

This page summarises the latest quarterly promotions and special offers from the seven main hotel loyalty programmes – Club Carlson, Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, Le Club AccorHotels, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and World of Hyatt.

I have included, at the bottom, current bonus miles offers for consolidators Kaligo.com, PointsHound, Agoda PointsMAX and Rocketmiles.  There is also an introduction to Hotels.com Rewards and links to the latest promotions from Melia Rewards, Best Western Rewards, Thistle Signature, Wyndham Rewards and Millennium & Copthorne.

If you find yourself needing to book hotel nights, this page should be your first stopping point. You can quickly see which chains are currently running promotions, and what you need to do to register and qualify for them.

If you need to buy additional points to top up your hotel account, you can buy points for Club Carlson, Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Melia Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, World of Hyatt and Wyndham Rewards via this link.

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 Virtuoso.

The Head for Points top picks for October:

There continues to be a lot of competition for your hotel money this month, with a wide range of offers to choose from.

The wild card is IHG’s Accelerate promotion.  Because everyone gets personalised targets, you need to do your own comparison.  For most people, this will be the most generous offer this Autumn – but an inconvenient mix of targets (different countries, weekend nights or whatever) may mean some choose to skip it.  It is worth putting one night to IHG because everyone has a decent ‘stay once, get x,000 points’ Accelerate goal.

The new Accor offer is aggressive.  You will receive 6,000 bonus Avios or €120 of Accor hotel credit for completing 3 x 2-night stays across Novotel, Ibis, Mercure, Sofitel etc by 31st December.  The only snag is that you need to book by 22nd October.

Of the other options the Hilton offer also works well.  You will receive double base points on every stay.  The Marriott ‘stay twice and get a free night’ offer is also clearly attractive.  Be careful, though, because the Category 1-5 restriction on your free night excludes a huge number of properties in key tourist cities.

The Starwood offer of 500 or 1,000 bonus is not too exciting, especially as many hotels are not taking part.  Club Carlson currently has no active promotion since ‘Free Fridays’ finished on 30th September.  Hyatt also has no global offer.

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Club Carlson

New to Club Carlson?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Country Inn, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Radisson Red

No global promotion at present.

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

See this article for how to get Club Carlson Gold status with American Express Platinum

You will earn 60,000 Club Carlson points if you apply for the free American Express Gold card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

You will earn 90,000 Club Carlson points if you apply for the American Express Platinum card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

If you are booking a Radisson Blu hotel, please consider clicking here to book via our link. If you are booking a Park Inn, please click here. If you are booking a Park Plaza, please click here.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Hilton Honors

New to Hilton Honors?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Canopy, Conrad, Curio, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Hilton, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, Waldorf-Astoria

Current promotion: Double Points

Stay dates: 1st September to 31st December

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: One night

Summary: Double base points on every stay

Head for Points article and registration link:   Double Points

See this article for how to get Hilton to match your status in any other hotel scheme

See this article for an on-going 33% discount for UK and European Hilton properties for UK public sector workers

See this article for how to earn 50% more Avios by crediting ‘points and miles’ stays to Iberia

See this article for how to get free Hilton Gold status with American Express Platinum

You will earn 40,000 Hilton points if you apply for the free American Express Gold card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

You will earn 60,000 Hilton points if you apply for the American Express Platinum card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

If you are booking a Hilton Group hotel (Hilton, Conrad, Hampton Inn, Waldorf-Astoria), please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.



IHG Rewards Club

New to IHG Rewards Club?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, EVEN, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, HUALUXE, Indigo, InterContinental, Kimpton, Staybridge Suites

Current promotion: Accelerate

Stay dates: 1st September to 31st December

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: One night

Summary: Up to 50,000 points for hitting personalised targets

Head for Points article and registration link:   Accelerate

See this article for a 30% discount on UK and European hotels for MasterCard holders

See this article for information on how to achieve the new Spire Elite top tier status quickly

If you are booking an InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites, please consider clicking here to book via our link.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Le Club AccorHotels

New to Le Club AccorHotels?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Adagio, Ibis, M Gallery, Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman

Current promotion: 6,000 points (Avios) or €120 hotel credit

Stay dates: 3rd October to 31st December, must book by 22nd October

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: 1 x two-night stay

Summary: Up to 6,000 bonus Accor points for completing 3 x two-night stays

Head for Points article and registration link:  6,000 bonus Accor points or €120 credit

See this article for how to get free Le Club Gold status and 10% off ibis stays with the ibis Business Card

See this article for how to get 250-500 free Accor points for joining ClubOpinions

You can earn bonus Accor points on most stays by using their Facebook app whilst in the hotel.

If you are booking an Accor Group hotel (Adagio, Ibis, M Gallery, Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman) please consider clicking here to book via our link.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Marriott Rewards

New to Marriott Rewards?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: AC Hotels, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Edition, Fairfield Inn, Gaylord, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites

Current promotion: Free Night

Stay dates: 12th September to 15th January (register by 30th November)

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: Two stays

Summary: Free night at a Category 1-5 hotel after two stays

Head for Points article and registration link:   Free Night

See this article for details of how to book reward nights even if you don’t yet have all the points you need

See this article for how to get free Starwood Gold status with American Express Platinum which you can immediately match to Marriott Gold status

See this article for my review of the Starwood UK credit card which has a 10,000 SPG point bonus (convertible to 30,000 Marriott points) and earns double points (2 Starwood points or 6 Marriott points per £1) until December 2018 when used at Starwood and Marriott hotels

If you have a Marriott Group stay planned and are not already a member of Marriott Rewards, please email me at rob [at] headforpoints.co.uk for a referral.  You will receive 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points on each of your first five stays.

If you are booking a Marriott Group hotel (AC Hotels, Autograph, Courtyard, Edition, Marriott, Renaissance etc), please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Starwood Preferred Guest

New to Starwood Preferred Guest?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands:  Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Meridien, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, St Regis, W, Westin

Current promotion: 500 or 1,000 Bonus Points

Stay dates: 12th September to 15th January (register by 30th November)

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus:  One night

Summary: 500 or 1,000 bonus points per stay at participating hotels only

Head for Points article and registration link:   500 or 1,000 Bonus Points

See this article for my review of the Starwood UK credit card which has a 10,000 point bonus and earns double points (2 per £1) until December 2018 when used at Starwood and Marriott hotels

See this article for how to get free Starwood Gold status with American Express Platinum

See this article for a 3-4-2 deal with MasterCard across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

See this article for an interesting ‘Pay Your Birth Year’ offer for North America

SPG Hot Escapes offers new deals every Wednesday for stays over the next six weeks

You will earn 10,000 SPG points if you apply for the free American Express Gold card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

You will earn 15,000 SPG points if you apply for the American Express Platinum card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

If you are booking a Starwood hotel (Aloft, Element, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, St Regis, W, Westin etc), please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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World of Hyatt

New to World of Hyatt?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Park Hyatt, Unbound Collection, Miraval

No global promotion at present.

Consolidators

Kaligo.com, PointsHoundRocketmiles and Agoda PointsMAX offer airline miles when you book a hotel through them.  Kaligo.com is a British Airways Executive Club partner and a Virgin Atlantic partner.  PointsHound is a Virgin Flying Club partner.  Rocketmiles is a partner with both British Airways Executive Club and avios.com.  Agoda PointsMAX is a British Airways partner – click on the ‘PointsMAX’ link on their home page to select BA.

If you book a hotel via these companies, you will not receive points or stay credit from the hotel as it is treated as a third-party stay.  Your status benefits may or may not be recognised depending on the property.



You should also consider Hotels.com Rewards from Hotels.comThis earns you one free night for every 10 nights you book via Hotels.com valued at the average price paid.  It is worth considering if you find that you stay across a variety of chains and cannot build up status or points with one in particular.

If you book via Hotels.com, you will not receive points or stay credit from the hotel as it is treated as a third-party stay.  Your status benefits may or may not be recognised depending on the property.   My full review of Hotels.com Rewards is here.

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Melia Rewards is the loyalty scheme for the Melia, ME, Sol, Tryp, Paradisus and INNSIDE brands.

See this article for my overview of Melia Rewards

See this article for my discussion of the new benefits package launched in June 2015

See this article for details of how to receive a free 2-4-1 voucher each year

See this article for how to receive Melia Rewards Gold status via American Express Platinum

See this article for details of the discounts available via their SME programme

You can get a 10% discount on your next Melia stay, until 31st December 2017.  You need to book via this landing page and enter code 0393-MELIA10 in the Promotional Code box.

If you are booking a Melia Hotels property, please consider clicking here to book via our link.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Whilst not a mainstream global programme, Best Western has a large presence in the UK and receives some coverage on Head for Points.

From September 2017 you can collect Avios when staying at Best WesternThis article explains everything you need to know including how to get a status match from a competing hotel chain or via your Virgin Flying Club status.

If you are booking a Best Western, please consider clicking here to book via our link.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Thistle Signature (and its sister scheme Guoman Signature) receives some coverage on Head for Points.

Thistle has now given up almost all of its hotels outside London.  The Signature loyalty scheme is currently suspended whilst the company develops a new programme more suited to its new focus as a London-only brand.

See this article for how you can stay at the Thistle Heathrow and use the driverless pods to reach Terminal 5.

If you are booking a Thistle or Guoman hotel, please consider clicking here for Thistle or clicking here for Guoman to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking. Thank you.

Wyndham Rewards


Wyndham Rewards is the largest hotel loyalty scheme in the world, in terms of hotels covered.  However, the chain has only a modest presence in the UK through Ramada and Days Inn.

This article is an overview of Wyndham Rewards, including a discussion of their UK hotels and an explanation of their revolutionary ‘flat pricing’ scheme for hotel redemptions.

If you are booking a Ramada, please consider clicking here to book via our link.  For Days Inn, click here.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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My Millennium is the loyalty programme for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.

My full review of the scheme can be found here.

If you are booking a Millennium or Copthorne hotel, please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.