Current Hotel Promotions

This page summarises the latest quarterly promotions and special offers from the seven main hotel loyalty programmes – Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Le Club Accorhotels, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.

I have included, at the bottom, current bonus miles offers for consolidators Kaligo.com, PointsHound 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 are booking a Four Seasons, Belmond, Dorchester, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, Ritz-Carlton or Rosewood hotel, our hotel booking partnership with Propeller Travel can get you a special deal.  Full details are here.

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

The Head for Points top picks for September:

After a very poor August, things are looking up as we head into the main business travel season.

The best offer for a single stay is Kaligo.com’s ‘5000 Avios on your first booking using your British Airways American Express card’.  See this article for details.  You can also earn up to 20,000 Avios from Kaligo.com based on your hotel bookings until the end of September (for stays until June 2016) – this offer does not require you to have a BA Amex.

The ‘Accelerate’ promotion from IHG Rewards Club has personalised targets.  Mine were very generous and it will be my core focus this Autumn.  Your targets will be different to mine but new members get a very easy ‘stay four times and get two free nights’ offer.  Four cheap Holiday Inn Express stays get you two free nights a luxury InterContinental ….

Hilton’s ‘Triple Your Trip’ (double or triple points) is worth a look if neither of the above appeal.  I am less keen on Marriott’s double points offer because the bonus does not start until your second stay after 15th September.


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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

There is no global promotion at the moment.

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

See this article for how to earn 9,000 Club Carlson points with an Avis rental in 2015

See this promotion for triple Avios on Radisson Edwardian stays until September 10th

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 HHonors

New to Hilton HHonors?  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: Triple Your Trip

Stay dates: September 1st to December 31st

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

Summary: Double points on weekday stays, triple points on weekend stays

Head for Points article and registration link: Triple Your Trip

See this article for three bonus points promotions at Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria

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 my review of the Hilton UK credit card which has a free night sign-up bonus.

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 have a Hilton Group stay planned and are not already a member of Hilton HHonors, please email me at raffles [at] headforpoints.co.uk for a referral.  You will receive 1,000 bonus Hilton points for your first 10 stays.

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.

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Hyatt Gold Passport

New to Hyatt Gold Passport?  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

There is no global promotion at the moment.

See this article for how to earn triple Avios on stays before September 30th if you choose to take miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points

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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: September 1st to December 31st

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: Varies

Summary: Earn at least 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, valid to March 2016

See this article for the latest ‘next stay’ bonus point codes

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

There is no global promotion at the moment.

See this article for how to receive double points on your next stay before November 30th 2015

See this article for how to receive triple Avios on all stays before October 31st 2015

See this article for how to get Accor Platinum status with American Express Platinum

Every Monday and Tuesday, Accor ‘Happy Mondays’ makes UK rooms available at a heavy discount – from £25 – for the following weekend.

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: MegaBonus

Stay dates: September 15th to January 15th 2016 (register by November 15th)

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

Summary: Offer varies by individual, most get ‘double points from your second stay’

Head for Points article and registration link: Marriott MegaBonus

See this article for my review of the Marriott UK credit card which has a 10,000 point bonus

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

If you have a Marriott Group stay planned and are not already a member of Marriott Rewards, please email me at raffles [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, W, Westin, The Luxury Collection, St Regis, W, Westin

No global promotion at present.

See this article for a special Sheraton promotion of one free night for every five Sheraton nights you book before September 30th

See this article for my review of the Starwood UK credit card which has a 10,000 point bonus

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

See this article for how to get addition benefits, including free breakfast and $100 to spend in the hotel, with St Regis, The Luxury Collection and W bookings

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

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.

Consolidators

Kaligo.com, PointsHound and Rocketmiles offer airline miles when you book a hotel through them.  Kaligo.com is a British Airways Executive Club partner.  PointsHound is a Virgin Flying Club partner.  Rocketmiles is a partner with both British Airways Executive Club and avios.com.

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.

Kaligo.com is currently offering 5,000 Avios for your first booking made with your British Airways American Express card.  Whether or not you have a BA Amex, you can earn 20,000 Avios if you spend £1,000 (over multiple transactions) before September 30thsee here for details.

You can check for current promotions with PointsHound here and Rocketmiles here.



You should also consider Hotels.com Rewards from Hotels.com.  Previously known as Welcome Rewards, this 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 details of the discounts available via their SME programme

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.

This article is a full review of Best Western Rewards 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 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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M&C Loyalty Club 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.