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 Offers’ 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 – especially our 10,000 email subscribers – means I am now running this monthly article as a handy summary of what is going on.
Where should you credit your stays this month?
You have some pretty decent options at the moment. I run through the options below.
IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Indigo, Staybridge Suites etc)
The Autumn 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.
The latest round of ‘Accelerate’ runs until 31st December. This is my 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 had this for 48,100 points:
- 5,000 points for a stay in September
- 2,000 points on my next stay
- 10,000 points for staying five nights
- 4,000 points for booking a two-night weekend stay
- 2,500 points for two stays booked via my corporate rate (the company I haven’t worked for in 6 years!)
- 6,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
- 2,000 points for getting the IHG credit card
- 5,000 points for renewing my Ambassador membership
- 11,000 points for completing six of the seven targets above, excluding the September bonus
Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc)
The Hilton offer looks ok and is very straightforward. You will receive double base points on every stay until 31st December. There is no minimum stay required and every Hilton hotel is participating.
Hilton is still status matching too. If you have status with another hotel programme, Hilton will match you to Gold or Diamond for 90 days – I explain how to do it in this article.
You MUST register for double points by visiting this page of hilton.com.
Club Carlson (Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Red)
Whilst you only have three weeks left to take part, Club Carlson has its own generous offer which could – if the specifics make sense to you – be very lucrative.
Called ‘Free Fridays’, you will receive one free Friday night (valid at any hotel, to be used from October) for every two stays you do.
Alternatively, you can choose to receive 10,000 bonus Club Carlson points for every two stays.
The deal runs until 30th September and you’ll find full details in my article here.
Totally separately, this link gives you an exclusive 10% discount on many Radisson Blu hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Le Club AccorHotels
Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Ibis / Novotel / Sofitel / Mecure etc, is not running a global promotion at present.
See this article for how to earn 500 bonus Avios on your next Novotel or Mercure stay before 30th September.
World of Hyatt
Hyatt has no global promotion at present.
Starwood (St Regis, Westin, Sheraton, Element, W, Luxury Collection etc)
The Starwood offer is pretty weak, to be honest, because it is restricted to only some of their hotels.
Until 15th January, you will earn either 500 or 1,000 bonus SPG points per stay, based on brand, but only if your chosen hotel is participating.
If your chosen hotel is taking part then you are not getting a bad deal on a cheap stay, given that I value 500 Starwood points at £7.50 and 1,000 points at £15. Here is the list of 1,000 point hotels and here is the list of 500 point hotels.
Registration is required via this page of the Starwood website. Registration closes on 30th November, which is six weeks before the promotion ends.
Marriott (Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton etc)
The new Marriott Rewards offer, a free night for just two stays, covers the same dates as the Starwood offer, expiring on 15th January.
After two stays, you will receive a voucher for a free night at a Category 1-5 Marriott Rewards hotel. This would usually cost between 7,500 and 25,000 Marriott Rewards points. You are limited to one free night per account.
The voucher is valid for six months and can be used whenever there is standard reward availability showing. The only snag is the limited number of Category 1-5 hotels in major cities in Europe and North America.
The current offers are looking attractive, even without anything from Accor and Hyatt.
Having a choice of:
a ‘Free Friday’ or 10,000 bonus points from Club Carlson (albeit to 30th September only)
double Hilton points
a free night after just two Marriott stays
a potential 40,000+ fairly easy points via IHG‘s Accelerate offer
is not a bad choice to have!
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Hotel offers update – September 2021:
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.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Marriott Bonvoy (‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus to 25th September) and Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 30th September).