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.
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
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.
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 (Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Red):
There is no global Club Carlson promotion at the moment.
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.
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.
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