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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 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 April:

The best promotion from the big chains is the second edition of the ‘Accelerate’ promotion from IHG Rewards Club.

This has personalised targets.  Mine were very generous and it will be my core focus this Spring.  If yours are achievable then this is likely to be the best option, although you need to complete all of your qualifying nights by the end of April.

Hilton’s ‘Double Your HHonors’ (double points or airline miles) and Starwood’s ‘Take Two’ (double points on 2+ night stays plus 250 bonus points in major cities) are less exciting.  The Marriott MegaBonus promotion sounds interesting – a free night after two stays – but the restriction on Category 1-5 redemptions will make it hard to use.

The Hyatt ‘Stay More, Play More’ promotion is an excellent deal if you can complete the full 25 nights – the bonus is worth around £30 per night – but this will be difficult unless you are spending a lot of time in the USA.

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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

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: Double Your HHonors

Stay dates: January 1st to April 30th

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

Summary: Double points or double airline miles on stays of any length

Head for Points article and registration link:  Double Your HHonors

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

See this article for a 100% bonus when you buy Hilton HHonors points before 3rd June

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 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

Current promotion: Stay More, Play More

Stay dates: April 1st to June 30th

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

Summary: Earn up to 75,000 bonus points by completing up to 25 nights

Head for Points article and registration link:  Stay More, Play More

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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 (Version 2)

Stay dates: January 1st to April 30th

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: Varies

Summary: Earn at least 30,000 points for hitting personalised targets

Head for Points article and registration link: Accelerate Version 2

See this article for a ‘double miles’ alternative to the Accelerate promotion for miles collectors

See this article for a 30% discount on UK and European hotels for MasterCard holders, valid to March 2017

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

See this article and this article for my reviews of the two IHG Rewards Club UK credit cards

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 get free Le Club Gold status and 10% off ibis stays with the ibis Business Card

See this article for how to earn triple points on weekend stays until 30th April

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.  The 2016 changes to Marriott Rewards are outlined 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: February 1st to May 15th (register by April 15th)

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

Summary: Offer varies by individual, most get ‘one free night after two stays’

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, although the card is currently suspended for new applications

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, St Regis, W, Westin

Current promotion: Take Two

Stay dates: January 11th to April 30th (registration closes April 10th)

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

Summary: Double points on stays of two or more nights plus 250 additional points for stays of any length in ‘major destination’

Head for Points article and registration link:  Take Two

See this article for how to earn a free night after three nights at any Design Hotels property, before 31st May.

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 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.

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.

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.

The most aggressive bonus offers are usually found with Kaligo.com.

Until 30th June, you will receive 3,000 bonus Avios with your first Rocketmiles booking if you book via this link.



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

Until 30th June 2016, you can buy Melia Rewards points for just €5 per 1,000 compared to the usual price of €8 per 1,000.  You can buy points at this page (if the link does not work, log in and then click the link again).

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 explains how to get a Best Western Rewards status match from a competing hotel chain or via your Virgin Flying Club status.

This article covers the major changes to Best Western Rewards which began on 1st January 2016.

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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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.