Current Hotel Promotions

This page summarises the latest quarterly promotions and special offers from the seven main hotel loyalty programmes – Club Carlson, Hilton Honors, 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, 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, Millennium & Copthorne and Macdonald Hotels.

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.

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 February:

The Spring 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 stays.

The Club Carlson offer is attractive too.  You will receive 5,000 points, worth £15-£20, per night.  The only snag is having to guess in advance how many nights you will do in the quarter.

If you can commit to booking by 12th February and are doing 2+ night stays, the new Accor promotion can get you a generous bonus from Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure and Ibis.

Hilton has extended its ‘Double Up’ promotion to the end of January.  This wins prizes for simplicity – double base points on all stays, at all hotels.  Starwood and Marriott are basically running the same promotion following their merger – double points for your first three stays at each chain.  None of these are hugely exciting but you should obviously register if you will be doing a stay anyway.

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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

Current promotion: Earn Bigger Rewards

Stay dates: 9th January to 31st March

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

Summary: 5,000 – 100,000 bonus points based on nights stayed

Head for Points article and registration link:   Earn Bigger Rewards

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

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

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 Up

Stay dates: 1st September to 31st January

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

Summary: Double points on stays of any length

Head for Points article and registration link:   Double Up

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

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.

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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

No current global promotion

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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 5)

Stay dates: 1st January to 15th April

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: Varies, usually one night

Summary: Earn 30,000+ bonus points by hitting personalised – usually easy – 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 2017

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: Bonus Points

Stay dates: 23rd January to 9th April (book by 12th February)

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: 1 x 2-night stay

Summary: Earn up to 6,000 bonus points for up to 3 x 2-night stays

Head for Points article and registration link:  Bonus Points

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

Every Monday and Tuesday, Accor ‘Happy Mondays’ (click for details) makes UK rooms available at a heavy discount – from £25 – for the following two weekends.

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: 16th January to 15th April (register by 15th March)

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

Summary: Double points on your first three stays

Head for Points article and registration link:   Megabonus

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

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: Double Take

Stay dates: 16th January to 15th April (register by 15th March)

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

Summary: Double points on your first three stays

Head for Points article and registration link:   Double Take

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 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

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, 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.

Agoda PointsMAX is running a special bonus Avios promotion for bookings before 31st March for stays by 30th June – click here for details.

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

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 everything you need to know about 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 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.

Macdonald Hotels The Club review


The Club is the loyalty programme for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

My full review of the scheme can be found here.

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