In a couple of weeks time I will be down in Madrid, taking advantage of the free night in a 5-star hotel which Melia has offered to all UK Amex Platinum cardholders.
This seems to be part of a wider deal between Melia Hotels and American Express. Without any notification at all to cardholders, Amex has also introduced the ability to redeem your American Express Membership Rewards points for nights at Melia hotels.
What is interesting is that the redemption rate is fixed in terms of ‘points per night’. There is therefore a good opportunity to get real value from your points if they will give you a room on an expensive night.
Here are the options: (if this link does not bring up Melia automatically, search for Melia in the box at the top of the page on the Amex Membership Rewards site)
Melia hotel – 11,000 points per night
Gran Melia hotel – 14,000 points per night
Paradisus hotel – 17,500 points per night
Sol hotel – 5,500 points per night
Tryp hotel – 7,500 points per night
For all of these offers, you need to ring (UK number) to enquire about availability. You can book up to three nights per booking.
The good news is that you can ring and book first before ordering your vouchers from Amex. You therefore have no risk of doing a transfer and then not being able to find a room.
The Gran Melia Fenix in Madrid, where I will be soon, was Euro 220 per night when I booked. Assuming that they would have let me use points, I would have got over 1p per point of value, which is a very, very good use of Membership Rewards points.
How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express (October 2022)
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE MeliaRewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Hilton Honors Gold and Radisson Rewards Gold status.
You can discover the benefits of MeliaRewards Gold status on the Melia website here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners may want to consider American Express Business Platinum instead:
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)