Earn TRIPLE Avios – 9 Avios per €1 – at Melia hotels to promote its new improved earn rate

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EDIT: This offer has been extended and you can now book until 30th January for stays until 15th March

The Melia hotel group has changed the way you earn Avios at its hotels.  The company has moved from a flat nightly rate to a revenue based model, and my gut feeling is that most people will earn more Avios this way.

To promote this new deal, Melia is offering a very generous launch offer of 9 Avios per €1 you spend.

This is a good deal.  A £200 spend, excluding taxes, would earn you over 2,000 Avios for example.

About Melia

Melia brands include Gran Melia, Melia, ME, Paradius, INNSIDE, Tryp and Sol.  As well as being the biggest hotel group in Spain, the company has a decent presence elsewhere with 350 hotels in 40 countries.  In the UK you have:

ME London, the Norman Foster designed hotel on the Strand which has a good reputation.  Think of a hotel like The Trafalgar nearby or a more sophisticated W.

Melia White House, a surprisingly pleasant art deco era hotel near Regents Park where we had our 2016 and 2017 HFP Christmas parties

INNSIDE Manchester, the first UK outpost for Melia’s four-star business brand.  I reviewed INNSIDE Manchester and was impressed. 

We’ve also reviewed the INNSIDE New York NoMad here, the Gran Fenix in Madrid here and the impressive Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques in Madrid hereReader Nick reviewed the historic Rome property here when he won a Melia-sponsored competition on HFP a couple of years ago.

If you have an American Express Platinum charge card, you will receive free Gold status in Melia Rewards.  

Melia Rewards Gold offers the following benefits – which, to be honest, are not life-changing except for late check-out:

  • 30% bonus points
  • free breakfast for a companion (so basically 2-4-1)
  • free wi-fi
  • 3 x 20% off vouchers for room bookings
  • 4pm late check-out at city hotels, 2pm at resorts

Late check-out IS guaranteed as long as the hotel is not 100% full.  You will also receive free wi-fi.  There is no upgrade benefit.

ME Melia London

What has changed with Melia’s Avios partnership?

Historically, you could only credit Melia stays to Iberia Plus.  This was a bit of a faff if you didn’t already have an Iberia Plus account, because you are not allowed to transfer Avios out of it until the account is 90 days old.

Melia Rewards is now also a partner with Vueling Club.  Because Vueling Club uses your existing avios.com account number, you can tell Melia to credit your stay to a Vueling Club number and the points will pop up in your avios.com account.  This will be more convenient for anyone who does not have an Iberia Plus account.

Avios earning is going revenue based

Under the old model, Melia rewarded you by the night:

Gran Melia / ME / Paradius – 525 Avios per night

Melia / INNSIDE – 225 Avios per night

Tryp by Wyndham – 225 Avios per night

Sol – 150 Avios per night

Under the new model, you will earn a flat 3 Avios per €1 spent.

This includes all spending, including food and drink.  For the first time you are now incentivised to eat and drink in the hotel.

Most people should be better off under this model.  The break-even point, excluding taxes, is £154 for Gran Melia / ME / Paradius, £66 for Melia / INNSIDE / Tryp and £44 at Sol.  In most cases your nightly spend will exceed this and so you will be better off with the new earning rate.

Triple Avios with Melia

How to earn TRIPLE Avios

To promote their new ‘3 Avios per €1’ earn rate, Melia is offering triple Avios.

Full details are on the Melia website here (for Iberia) and here (for Vueling, ie avios.com accounts).

You need to book your stays by 31st December – but you have until 15th March to actually complete the stay.

In order to have your points credit directly into your Avios account, you need to set up your Melia account online to directly deposit Avios in your Iberia or Vueling (ie avios.com) account.  If you don’t do this, you will earn Melia Rewards points instead.  These can be converted to Avios later in chunks of 100 points, which would get you 30 Avios.

Conclusion

Things are looking up if you earn Avios from hotel staysBest Western recently became an Avios partner (see our introductory article here) and now Melia has, in most cases, improved its earning rates too.  The ‘triple Avios’ offer is a good opportunity to pick up a slug of easy Avios on any hotel stays you have planned for the New Year.

You can check out potential properties on the Melia website site.

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Comments

  1. How can I convert my existing Melia points to Avios?

  2. With SNEC plat, do u get 20% off the stay or is it only given after u complete one stay and I can redeem the voucher on your next stay?

    • Sorry amex plat

      • ElectroGoblin says:

        You will have to request the Melia gold status first. Once obtained, you will find the discount codes under “my promotions” in malos website. Just use that code when booking.

  3. Sorry to be off topic but we have a three night trip to Hamburg planned for end June 2018 and wonder if anyone has any hotel recommendations.

    • I have stayed in many of them as my parents in law live there. Park Hyatt is the best bet overall, especially for location. Good pool and spa, amazing breakfast, directly on the main pedestrianised shopping street. The Westin above the new Elbephilarmonie building is the current cool kid but out of the way in the harbour (not stayed yet). I’ve reviewed the Reichshof (Hilton’s Curio Collection) on here and if you like Art Nouveau it is great, albeit a bit too close to the station for my liking. Le Meridien has some nice rooms overlooking the lake – it is about 10 mins walk north of the railway station, albeit everything else of interest is south of the station. Do NOT stay in the ugly tower block that is the Radisson.

      The unknown is The Fontenay, just opened as a super-luxe hotel on the site of the now demolished InterCon.

  4. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Melia also has Miles & More and Aadvantage as partners at 500miles/stay I think. Might work better given the relative difficulty of earning in those schemes here. You can also transfer melia points out to both, but it’s not as generous as it used to be (I’m sure it was 1:1 into M&M at one point)

  5. ElectroGoblin says:

    Sadly, at the same time, Melia and/or AMEX decided to reduce the earning rate with the Melia AMEX gold card, from 4 points for € to 3, starting march 2018 (+1 point in Melia hotels).

    At least they choose this way and not an increase in points rate, keeping the same value for stocked points.

    • Still seems good considering the Amex MR to Melia rate in Spain (they are not in the UK scheme) is 1:1, so effectively 1 point per €1.

  6. Regarding Melia Gold benefits:

    – free breakfast for a companion applies only to room only rates and you have to pay a full cash rate for yourself to get a companion into a breakfast area

    – wifi is free if you have a gold status or no status at all, in some properties you pay extra for faster wifi regardless of your status

    – late check out is rarely honoured as the 100% occupancy rule is (often but incorrectly) applied not to an entire hotel but certain room categories

    – 20% off voucher codes cannot be applied to sale, special promotion, seasonal reduction rates

    • ElectroGoblin says:

      As long time gold, I fell I have to discuss this ????

      I’ve almost always got the late check out privilege, specially in “city” hotels. In resorts it’s less usual.

      It’s true that wifi is free in almost all hotels, and those that offer hi speed option, require payment for every status member.

      I still have to find a rate where the gold status -20% discount can not be applied. Las one I used was on an already highly discounted night, 85€ per night on a family room, breakfast for 4 included (4* trip hotel).

      Another benefit is the birthday present; you can choose between 20% discount (cannot be added to gold one) or room upgrade (pretty poor; used to be a 2 4 1 voucher in the past).

      • Rob Brown says:

        I also need to stick up for Melia here. I have had great benefits as a gold member including suite upgrades on my last two stays. Also special gifts (a bottle of Cava in one and a chocolate cake in another.) obviously not guaranteed so I never expect it (probably why I am so pleased when it happens.)

  7. Do existing bookings qualify for the triple Avios promo? Booked last week for a stay in Feb…

  8. I can’t find that information on the Melia website…?
    I just got my Gold status through Amex (had never stayed at a Melia property before) as I have one upcoming Melia stay.
    But I figured out it would make more sense for me to credit to Melia Rewards because then I would be able to transfer my 2,000 “welcome points” out – 2,000 points is too little to transfer on its own.
    But of course with 9 avios per 1€ it would make more sense to switch to automatic transfers again..

    But where is that information on their website?
    There’s nothing here at least: https://www.melia.com/en/mymeliarewards/partners/exchange/iberia-iberia-plus.html

    Thanks.

    • I’ve been trying for over 6 months to “activate” the Melia account that Amex opened for me, with neither success nor any acknowledgement from customer services…

  9. pixielott46 says:

    “You need to book your stays by 31st December – but you have until 15th March to actually complete the stay.”

    I think these dates are incorrect according to page:
    https://www.melia.com/en/mymeliarewards/partners/earn/vueling.html
    “Offer valid for reservations form 1st December 2017 to 30th January 2018 and for stays up to 15th March 2018”

    I cannot find anything about 9 avios per euro spent either; only 3 euro per avios spent? Please could you provide a source? Thank you Rob.

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