What are the best hotel promos for May?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on each hotel scheme.  However, a positive response from readers means I will also now be running this monthly article as a handy summary of what is going on.

Where should you credit your stays this month?

You are, to be honest, spoilt for choice at the moment.  I run through the options below.  Remember that the Marriott and Starwood offers don’t kick off for another 10 days.

If you aren’t staying with a major brand, don’t forget the new Avios promotion from Kaligo.com.  You will receive 5,000 Avios with £500 of cumulative spend or 10,000 Avios with £1,000 of cumulative spend before 11th July (stays can be later). Details are in this article.

Here are the current deals on offer:

IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Indigo, Staybridge Suites etc):

The Summer 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 nights.

‘Accelerate’ runs until 31st August.  This is my main article on the offer.

Everyone has individual targets, but they are generally fairly easy.  You can earn 30,000+ bonus points with the points starting to flow from your first stay.

I have this for 48,900 points:

  • 5,000 points for a stay before 30th June
  • 2,500 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 5,600 points for staying two weekends (Fri / Sat or Sat / Sun)
  • 11,200 points for staying in IHG hotels in two different countries outside the UK
  • 3,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 11,000 points for completing four of the five targets above, excluding the June bonus

Even with my modest number of planned IHG stays (two!) I should be able to hit most of these targets and I should be able to slot in another night if necessary to ensure that I earn the full amount.

You need to register for ‘Accelerate’ – the link is here, where you will also find your personalised targets.  The IHG home page is here.

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Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc):

The Hilton offer looks good and is very straightforward.  You will receive double base points on every stay until 31st August.  Diamond members will receive triple points.

I wrote about this offer here.  If you have top tier status with another hotel programme, Hilton will match you to Diamond for 90 days which will allow you to receive triple points – I explain how to do it in this article.

The Hilton home page is here.  You MUST register for double points by visiting this page of hilton.com.

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Club Carlson (Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Red):

Club Carlson has an even more generous offer, especially if your stay involves a Sunday or a Monday night.

The headline details are:

triple points on all stays before 30th June (register here)

5000 extra bonus points if your stay includes a Sunday or Monday (and 10000 points if it includes both!)

3000 extra bonus points for your first app booking (details here)

This has the potential to be very generous indeed if you stay the right combination of nights – it is possibly you could back 50% of the cost of your stay in points!  My article on the promotion is here.

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Le Club AccorHotels:

Le Club AccorHotels is still offering a generous ‘triple Avios’ promotion until 30th June.

This is good for stays at Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman, Mercure, Ibis, M Gallery etc.

You will earn at least 7.5 Avios per €1 you spend, except at Ibis where the rate is lower.  If you have Accor status you will earn even more.  A £500 Novotel stay would earn you 4,500 Avios points which is certainly not to be sniffed at.

The promo is a little fiddly and you need to send the Avios to Iberia Plus, not BA, before moving them across to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.  Full details are in this article.  The Accor home page is here.

Confusingly, Accor is running a second promotion alongside this one for stays of 2+ nights.

Until 3rd September, you will receive 500 bonus points on your first 2+ night stay, 2500 bonus points on your 2nd 2+ night stay and 3000 bonus points on your third 2+ night stay.  The snag is that all rooms must be booked by 23rd May.  My article on this offer is here.

Rember that 1 Accor point = 1 Avios point, if converted via Iberia, or 2 Eurocents off a future booking.  3 x 2-night bookings would earn you a maximum of €120 of credit or 6,000 Avios.

There is also a third Accor offer running which I will cover later this week.  Register at this page and you will receive 500 bonus Accor points on your next UK / Ireland Accor stay (worth 500 Avios or €10) and 1,000 points on your 2nd UK / Ireland stay (worth 1,000 Avios or €20).  Stays must be completed by 31st December and booked by 19th July.


World of Hyatt:

Hyatt has its own double points offer.  Called ‘Double Points for Being You’ (?!), it is a simple offer.  You will receive double World of Hyatt base points on all stays between 1st April and 30th June, starting with your second stay.

Full details can be found in this article.  Remember that you won’t receive any bonus on your first stay during the offer period.

SPG Starwood

Starwood (St Regis, Westin, Sheraton, Element, W, Luxury Collection etc)

I wrote about the new Starwood promotion in another article today.  It is a simple one but comes with a small catch – it requires a stay of 2 nights or more.

2+ night stays between 27th May and 4th September will earn double points.  If your stay includes a Friday or Saturday night, the entire stay will earn triple points.

Registration is required via this page of the Starwood Preferred Guest website.  Check that your chosen hotel is on the list of those taking part.

I recommend this offer if you have a high value, multi-night trip planned, especially if it takes in a Friday or Saturday night.


Marriott (Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton etc):

The new Marriott Rewards offer, ‘Infinite Points’, covers the same dates as the Starwood offer – 27th May to 4th September.

You must register in advance via this website.

You earn no bonus for your first stay between 27th May and 4th September.  After that, you receive 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points for your 2nd and subsequent stays.

You also receive 2,000 additional Marriott Rewards bonus points for your 2nd and subsequent brands, so there is the potential to receive 4,000 bonus points per stay if you can brand-hop.

Because there is no minimum stay needed and because the bonus is a fixed amount, this offer works best for someone doing shorter and cheaper stays.  Don’t forget to register here.


The current offers are looking attractive.

Having a choice of:

at least 7.5 Avios per €1 from Accor (Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure etc)


triple points from Club Carlson plus 5000 points for Sunday and Monday nights plus 3000 points for an app booking


double or triple Hilton or Starwood bonus points 


a potential 30,000+ fairly easy points via IHG’s Accelerate offer

is not a bad choice to have!

And, if you aren’t planning a stay at a major brand, read this article to see how you can earn 5,000 or 10,000 bonus Avios by booking hotels via third party booking site Kaligo.com before 11th July.

PS.  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 Bon Vivant / Virtuoso.  Feedback from readers who have used this service so far has been excellent.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Is Accor promo possible to combine with 6000 bonus points? This would give you total bonus 7500 points for 3 x 2 night stays in UK…

    • David says:

      Should stack. I’ve stacked many multiple accor promos in the past. (country specific bonus points, new property bonus points, general global offers).

  2. Frenske says:

    For once I am hitting the jackpot, staying at Raddisson in Oslo on Sunday and Monday. For once I don’t mind flying on a Sunday for work.

  3. A friend of mine has been at Radisonblu in Saudi Arabia since 24/04 and she’s still there…..she doesn’t know how long she will be there…..and her rates include all meals…..I registered her for the club Carlson promo (she had no idea what I was on about). She’s probably going to be there for over 2 months…..a very generous company paying.

    Is the bonus capped? Or is she going to have bucket loads of points?

  4. Also can someone please let me know how I switch from earning points to miles? I can’t seem to find that on my account. I am already registered for auto convert.

    Am I right that there is no registration for the Iberia promo?
    This Accor promos are confusing me somehow. I don’t know if I am in or out

  5. Crafty says:

    Can anyone confirm Accelerate is tracking for stays booked before 15 May?

  6. Wally1976 says:

    Do points + cash bookings count for accelerate? Thanks

    • No, not unless you have a specific target to make a P&C booking.

      • Wally1976 says:

        🙁 Thought so, thanks Rob. Cash prices for where and when I want to stay are very difficult to justify paying even with a boatload of points so trying to find a way round it!

        • Brian says:

          Yes, be very careful with paying extra just to get the points – if 50,000 points will get you a night in a Crowne Plaza that you’d be happy paying £150 for, then it doesn’t take much extra expenditure to eat into the value of your Accelerate bonus. Might be worth taking advantage of one of the other hotel promos if the other chains have a cheaper rate for where you want to stay.

  7. Alex W says:

    There seems to be another Marriott promo for the UK. Should the two stack up?


    • Yes, it will stack. That isn’t really a promo, just a different rate plan.

      • Alex W says:

        Ok thanks I misunderstood. I imagine it is probably not a good deal then as the increased price doesn’t usually cover the cost of the points! Not for Hilton anyway (IHG extra points rates seem better value) especially if you get free brekkie anyway.

  8. If I send my existing Accor points to Iberia during this promotion will they hit as triple the amount of avios? How would Iberia know they are not from a recent stay and been simply auto-converted in one batch?
    I’ve got 29k Accor that I wouldn’t mind turning into 87k avios if possible. They only built up after my 2 or 3 year old auto-convert was cancelled by them last November during their last triple avios deal.

  9. Alex W says:

    Data point: I tried the Accor auto-convert to Iberia trick with less than 3000 points the other week and it finally worked after months (years?) of trying!

  10. I’m surprised by how little air time avios.com gets on here… Booking.com is currently offering 8 Avios per £1 spent which seems like great value considering booking.com contains thousands of hotels which won’t have a loyalty scheme as such.

  11. Chris says:

    Sometimes I find I have the best option using Hotels.com and I am happy to say I have benefited twice from their ‘Price Guarantee’. Both times, several weeks after booking a non-refundable rate, I actually found the better price on their own website. The first time I was given a cash refund, but the second time, I was told it will be a credit note. That was fine by me as with the credit note and with qualifying for my free night in a couple of weeks, I will have over £180 to spend. The price guarantee process is quite straightforward, and you just need to send a screenshot of the better price. It was dealt with in 24 hours.

    • hotels.com are generally good with this. This is because they genuinely stand behind it. The hotel chains use BRG as a way of getting you to do their dirty work for them and expose hotels quietly knocking out rooms via the back door – they have no real interest in paying you.

    • I thought that the lower pricing was only within 24 hours or on the same calendar day or something similar to that? Or do you think it was because the price was on their own site? Seems like you should setup a price watch alert on every hotel you book there.

    • Only gold members get a cash refund for BRG claims on non-refundable bookings.

  12. Wally1976 says:

    Has anyone found a way of using “partner 30% off rate” offers (e.g. the Mastercard one) with the IHG app? Doesn’t seem to work but thought someone might have a workaround? Could do with it for my Accelerate offer. Thanks.

  13. James says:

    I only seemed to earn 900 Accor points on my last trip and I started with a new account. Despite setting my account to automatically convert to Iberia Avios, the triple Avios doesnt happen for me as I didnt earn over 2000?

  14. Von Schmallhausen says:

    Can you double up foreign spend and IHG spend on the credit card? If I pay for an IHG stay abroad do I get the same 4 points as I would for staying in the UK or 6?

  15. So with the two Marriott and Starwood promos, if I have a 6-night stay that includes a weekend at a Marriott property, would I be better to credit that stay to Marriott or Starwood (if I can)? I think Starwood, but I’m not sure how the parallel programs work these days…