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HfP EXCLUSIVE: Get an extra Rewards free night credit on your next stay

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here. has once again offered Head for Points readers an exclusive promotion code to help boost your Rewards account.

And, unlike many promotions, this one is valid on virtually every hotel on their site – including all branded hotels.

When you make a booking at by 18th February, you will receive one free extra credit in Rewards.  The minimum stay required is 2 nights, the maximum stay 28 days.  You can only earn one extra credit per account via this offer.

If you book a stay of two nights, it will count as three nights towards the ten you need for a free night.  A stay of three nights will earn four credits etc.

If you are working your way towards a free night but are a little short, this offer could push you over the line quickly and release the ‘locked in’ value you have built up.

Why we like Rewards

A lot of people end up, by choice or by default, splitting their stays across a number of different hotel chains. They do a lot of nights, but never enough to build up status or a decent number of points.

For these people, Rewards is a better way to go. will be familiar to most readers. It is a huge hotel booking portal covering pretty much every corner of the planet.

You won’t find much cheaper than booking a hotel directly, although you can get special ‘member only’ deals when you are logged in.  (Rob saved 10% on his Hyatt Place booking in Dubai last week compared to booking direct.)  However, the majority of the properties on the site count for ‘ Rewards’.  This is 295,000 hotels, which is about 10 times more than all of the ‘big seven’ loyalty schemes combined. Rewards (their home page is here)  is an idiot-proof loyalty scheme:

You earn 1 credit for every night you book, whatever the chain

When you have got 10 credits, you get a free night

The value of the free night is the average price you paid for those 10 nights

Your credits don’t expire as long as you have one stay every 12 months

There aren’t any catches when you redeem. You can pick any property on that takes part in Rewards (ie most of them) and you can pay the difference if you want to book a hotel which is more expensive than the value of your free night voucher.

There is a lot of upside here:

ALL of your stays (assuming the hotels you book are in Rewards and most are) will count towards free nights. No more ‘wasted’ stays.

Your free night can be used to book any room on Most reward schemes restrict the ability to book club rooms, suites, family room etc. That is not a problem with Rewards.

When travelling, you are free to stay at the hotel which is most convenient for where you need to be – no need to mess around with badly reviewed properties or out of the way hotels purely to find one in your favourite chain.

If you book multiple rooms, you get credit for all of them.  Most hotel loyalty schemes restrict you to earning points on one (IHG), two (Hilton) or at most three (Starwood) rooms per night.

The only snag is that bookings do not count for points or stay credit in the loyalty scheme of the chain where you are staying. You may get your status benefits but it is down to the goodwill of the hotel – Marriott is the only major group to guarantee benefits on third-party bookings.  If you are booking independent hotels, or hotels chains where you do not collect their points, could make sense.

How do you get your extra Rewards free night credit?

The good news is that this special Head for Points code can be used at virtually any hotel that can be booked on the website that is eligible for Rewards. There are no restrictions on what chains can be used.

Here is the process:

Stage 1:

Visit via this link, or any other link in this article. The code will only work if you visit the UK site via a link on Head for Points.

Stage 2:

You must log into your Rewards account before booking.

Stage 3:

Select your room, which must be:

  • a pre-paid one
  • for a TWO-NIGHT or longer stay
  • completed before 30th April 2018

Stage 4:

Enter the code AFHFP0218 when booking

If you don’t see the price breakdown with the bonus free night highlighted it hasn’t been applied properly. This could mean that you’ve visited via a third party and not via a link on Head For Points.

The last day to book is 18th February 2018.

You can only claim one free night credit per Rewards account.

What is the small print?

You can find the full T&C’s on this page of the website. There are no major exclusions or issues, however.

The last word ….

We’d like to thank for making this offer available to Head for Points readers. If you collect Rewards free night credits, or you think that this is a good time to start, an extra credit will give you a good push towards your next free night.

Hotel offers update – September 2023:

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?

  • Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 19th September. Click here.
  • World of Hyatt is offering a 25% discount, equivalent to a 33% bonus, when you buy points by 10th October. Click here.

Comments (42)

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  • Anna says:

    I think is generally very good, however I did have a struggle last year getting them to refund some hotel taxes I was charged which weren’t mentioned in the original booking. They insisted they couldn’t be expected to be aware of all charges a hotel might levy, and only backed down when the ASA got involved.

    On another note, I did mention this the other day but if you are using a Tesco voucher towards a room booking, make sure to log in to your account first; this will give you your discounted membership prices as well as the reduction from the voucher. I made a voucher booking last week – when I clicked on the link from the Tesco website my room was showing at £145 per night, but when I logged into my account the price went down to £123. With the Tesco voucher all I paid was £15 in taxes.

    • AndyGWP says:

      How are Tesco vouchers treated if your booking is refundable (and you need to cancel it)?

      • Rob says:

        They are not refundable. You lose them.

        • New Card says:

          Do you get credit back instead of the Clubcard voucher? Or do you just lose the value?

          • Rob says:

            It is lost, the rules are clear.

            You also get no refund if you don’t spot that taxes must be paid in cash so you order a voucher that turns out to be 20% too high …..

        • New Card says:


  • James Cohen says:

    I’m so glad my upcoming booking was with free cancellation. I just cancelled and re-booked with this coupon.

  • BP says:

    What’s the difference between “Price Guarantee Plus” for Gold/Siver and standard price matching?

  • Rob says:

    It is the same as the average value of the other 2 nights.

  • Chris says:


    Anyone know if I can upgrade the Creation IHG Rewards card from standard to annual fee versio and get a sign up bonus? Or can I hold both?


    • Gareth says:

      Can’t upgrade but you can get both at once

      • Doug M says:

        And both bonuses?

        • Rob says:

          You could under Barclays. Don’t know anyone who has done it with Creation to be honest.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I know a few people posted here that they got the bonus for applying or the white when they were holding the black last year

        • Chris says:


        • Charlie says:

          I applied for both at once around 6 months ago and received the bonus for both.

        • Genghis says:

          +1. I had both when they had the 20k IHG offer on the White. I then cancelled after 6 months (note the 6 months is necessary per T&Cs)

  • aceman says:

    I really wanted this to work but I’ve totally given up with and their reward program.

    I’ve tried signing up, and it says I’ve already signed up, never had credits, seems to not think i’ve signed up. Bounced a few emails with CS and then nothing back from them. Stuck not being able to sign up since it thinks I already have.

    Totally given up, use same price, but fully refundable, I’ll take that difference in this case since the flexibility has some value to me.

    • Anna says:

      Have you tried retrieving log in details for the account they think you have? You can also call CS who might be able to explain what the problem is.

  • Stu says:

    Can you add a booking to a hotel rewards account and collect rewards if the booking was made before the account was opened? Stay not yet completed

    • Anna says:

      I don’t know if you can add it to a new account, but if the room is still available and your booking is refundable, you could always cancel and re-book.

  • Mel Saunders says:

    Just a heads up – its worth keeping an eye on those ‘price match guarantee’ things. I booked couple of nights with on the non refundable rate a few weeks ago, tried use it yesterday only to be told they don’t offer it anymore and haven’t done for a while. A ‘discussion’ is currently on going!!. Wish I’d done the refundable room now but as we definitely needed that hotel on those days thought I’d be safe – Only used them as had bonus of 8 mile per pound spend which on a £400 room is a decent amount!

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