What are the best hotel promos currently available? (February 2018)

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Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running, back after a Christmas and New Year break.

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 – 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 in February?

You have some pretty decent options at the moment.  I run through the different promotions below.

Hotel Indigo Krakow

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

The Spring 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 30th April.  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.

This was my target for 49,000 points maximum, comprising:

  • 2,000 points for a stay in January
  • 5,000 points for referring a US-based friend to IHG who completes a stay by 30th April (EDIT: comments below suggest IHG has now woken up and changed this to a UK-based friend for UK residents)
  • 2,000 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 2,200 points for two stays booked via the IHG app
  • 7,200 points for staying three weekends
  • 2,500 points for two stays booked via my corporate rate (the company I haven’t worked for in 6 years!)
  • 2,800 points for booking two stays on a Bonus Points Package
  • 2,000 points for getting the IHG credit card
  • 11,300 points for completing six of the seven targets above, excluding the January and referral bonus

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

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

The Hilton offer is very straightforward but not hugely generous.  You will receive 2,000 bonus points on every stay until 30th April, with an additional 10,000 points for every five stays.  There is no minimum stay required and every Hilton hotel is participating.

I would value 2,000 points at around £6 so, especially on long or expensive stays, it is not a great rebate.

I wrote about Hilton’s ‘2000 bonus points’ offer here.

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 the 2,000 points offer by visiting this page of hilton.com.

Club Carlson for hotel page

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

There is no global Club Carlson promotion at the moment.

Le Club AccorHotels logo

Le Club AccorHotels:

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Ibis / Novotel / Sofitel / Mecure etc, is not running a global promotion at present.

Best Western Rewards:

Best Western Rewards is not running a global promotion at the moment.

Remember that Best Western is an Avios partner now (see this article) so you will earn 500 Avios on every stay if you choose miles instead of points.  You can also choose to receive Virgin Flying Club miles.

Full details of the Avios partnership are in my article here.  The same article also explains how to get a status match to Best Western Rewards.


World of Hyatt:

Hyatt is not currently running a global promotion.

SPG Starwood

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

The Starwood offer is called ‘Great Weeks, Grand Weekends’.

Until 15th April, you will earn double base points per stay with an additional 500 SPG points at weekends.  However, the bonus only kick in from your second stay between 16th January and 15th April.

Full details are in this HFP article.

Registration is required via this page of the Starwood website.  Note that registration closes on 31st March even though the offer runs until 15th April.


Marriott (Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton etc):

Now that Marriott has acquired Starwood, the two groups are running similar offers.

The Marriott Spring promotion is another outing for Megabonus.

Until 15th April, you will earn 2,000 bonus points per stay, rising to 3,000 points at weekends.  However, the bonus only kick in from your second stay between 16th January and 15th April.

I would value a Marriott point at 0.5p so this is not a bad deal, especially for a cheap one night weekend stay, but remember that your first stay during the offer period does not count.

Full details are in this HFP article.

Registration is required via this page of the Marriott website.  Note that registration closes on 31st March even though the offer runs until 15th April.

And …..

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 and we have booked over £650,000 of rooms so far.

(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.)

Here’s the full HFP index of articles for January 2018
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  1. Sort of OT: Is there anyone with extensive experience of Rocketmiles? I’m only just looking at using them for the first time and I’m struggling to understand how for a booking of £857 for 3 nights (£3 less than the same room on Booking.com), they are able to reward me with either 13k avios, 16k Heathrow Rewards points, $225 amazon voucher or $220 uber credit…?! I realise there must be some sort of promotion on but that seems a bit bonkers…

    • A little bit of digging tells me that Uber credit can only be used in the US, and that USD amazon gift cards can only be used on Amazon.com (though I could presumably order something from amazon.com with a slow delivery to the UK). I still don’t understand how Rocketmiles is able to offer such enormous bonuses without increasing the prices. Anyone know?

    • Average Expedia commission for smaller hotels is 25% and I assume Rocketmiles via its suppliers gets the same. Some rooms come from wholesalers and get marked up – look at, say, Tourico who supplies Rocketmiles.

      A hotel will sell Tourico (for eg) 500 room nights per month at a fixed price of say £75. Most of these are resold to tour groups. Some get resold and end up on channels like Rocketmiles where they are marked up to whatever the prevailing nightly rate is.

      I promise you that when you check in the hotel has never heard of Rocketmiles. Sometimes rooms are resold multiple times before they end up with you.

  2. Rob – do you have your Curve card yet?

  3. Not knowing where best to post a BA Avios shortfall question, I added a posted earlier on https://www.headforpoints.com/2018/01/29/british-airways-sale-ends-tomorrow-2/comment-page-1/#comment-233225. Not sure how much traffic that’s seeing though…

    I’d be most grateful for any thoughts or ideas from avios collecting gurus!

    • The fastest, though not the best value, way to get avios would be to buy them, they will go straight into your account, whereas with any other earning method they will take time to post. Otherwise you can move the HHAs around but as you say that’s a lot of work and also not sure how long it takes. Or do you have a sign up spend to it where you could buy a load of vouchers or pay some bills? Again though you might be waiting a few days for the avios to post.

    • Thanks Anna, as I suspected, but good to check. No sign up / spend it with a lot of points to follow at the moment unfortunately

  4. OT: Anyone else having problems trying to transfer avios OUT of Iberia Plus? I initially tried to transfer to BA, that didn’t work, so i tried Avios.com and that didn’t work either? It is only allowing me to transfer avios INTO my Iberia Plus account only?? Any help appreciated. Thanks.

  5. Oh, i forget to say, yes, i’ve had my Iberia plus account for more than 90 days and it has had regular activity. Thanks.

  6. Many thanks JamesB, I hadn’t thought about that and it worked! Another HFP reader saves the day! 🙂

  7. Indeed HfPers are quite knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects. I occasionally read other people’s travel blogs (now more like card pushing exercises) and am amazed how little original content they put out. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a travel blog which attracts as many considered and well articulated comments as this one. Well done Rob!!

  8. BlueLabel says:

    Totally OT… I was happily flogging the rest of my Now TV Sky Cinema passes on eBay (having sold the hardware on Cex) when eBay emailed to say my items have been removed from sale: “It was reported to us by Sky. Please note that this item is not allowed on our site. Please don’t relist this item.”
    Not seen that before and not sure what I’ve done wrong!

  9. OT. How and when should I cancel Irish Independent sub? Or will the 18,000 Avios be given upon renewal?!

    • You won’t get 18000 for renewal. Some people tried to cancel immediately (for the following year) but were told that cancellations can only be made in the couple of weeks before the renewal is due. You may want to call anyway to get your own view.

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