I don’t write about Thistle Hotels much on Head for Points. They did have an American Express cashback offer last year which I covered, and one HFP reader contacted me afterwards to say how impressed he had been with the hotels he visited. The bottom line is that I don’t stay in many city centre properties in the UK and Thistle rarely comes across my radar.
Reader Ashley encouraged me to take a look at Thistle Signature, the loyalty programme for Thistle Hotels, which was launched in 2012. This covers the 35 Thistle and Guoman properties in the UK plus two in Malaysia and one in Shanghai.
(To confuse people, if you stay at a Guoman hotel the programme is branded as Guoman Signature. It is the same programme even though it has a separate website.)
Thistle Signature has a lot to recommend it:
Membership is free
New members get a voucher for a free Sunday night stay at any Thistle or Guoman hotel when staying a Saturday or Monday night at ‘best flexible’ rate
New members get a voucher for a free Sunday lunch. This can be used on the same visit as the free Sunday night stay voucher.
Thistle Signature has three membership tiers with very low thresholds:
Blue – base level, receive a £10 food and drink voucher after your first stay
Ruby – requires 4-10 nights spread across at least two separate stays
Gold – requires 11+ nights from at least two separate stays
The tier benefits are:
Blue – 6pm check-out on Sundays (a great benefit given that you are a Blue member as soon as you join)
Ruby – £15 food and drink voucher when you qualify, voucher for a free Friday or Sunday night when you stay Saturday, free tea, coffee and mineral water at weekends, free newspapers, voucher for a free meal for two when you hit 8 nights
Gold – £25 food and drink voucher when you qualify, free room upgrade, voucher for a free 2-night weekend stay when you stay 20 nights in a year
There are terms and conditions (click here) attached to these benefits which I recommend you read. For example, the free Sunday night voucher you receive on joining must be used within three months of signing up.
As a primarily UK-based chain, Thistle Signature cannot offer you redemption nights at glamourous global hotspots! The benefits seem sound, though, and a free 2-night weekend stay (which you could use at one of their expensive London hotels) for 20 nights is not bad.
Thistle sale now on
On a separate note, Thistle is running a January sale this week. You must book by January 14th but the rates are valid for stays until the end of June. This may allow you to lock in a good deal for any events during late Spring and early Summer, especially if you need to be in London. Full details are here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)