Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.
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 11,000 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 March?
You have some pretty decent options at the moment. I run through the different promotions below.
It would be remiss of me not to give our exclusive offer with Kaligo.com another plug first! If you book £700-worth of hotels via Kaligo.com, you will receive 8,000 bonus Avios on top of the standard Avios earned for using their portal. First-time Kaligo.com customers receive an additional 2,000 bonus Avios
Hotels must be booked by 31st March but you can stay at any point until the year end. The £700 can be spent over multiple transactions.
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 friend to IHG who completes a stay by 30th April
- 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.
If you collect Lufthansa Miles & More miles there is an even better offer. For stays between now and 25th March you will earn:
- 1,500 Miles & More miles on your first stay
- 2,000 Miles & More miles on your second stay
- 2,500 Miles & More miles on your third and subsequent stays, with no cap
You must register for this offer via this page of hilton.com.
Radisson Rewards (Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Red):
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 – details are here.
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 offering bonus points for stays until 15th May 2018.
You can earn 1,000 bonus points for each eligible night, including reward nights, at
Park Hyatt, Miraval, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Residence Club and participating MGM properties
You can earn 500 bonus points for each eligible night, including reward nights, at
Hyatt Place and Hyatt House properties
The maximum bonus that can be earned is 25,000 points. You must register for the promotion before your stay and the last day to register is 31st March.
We value 1,000 Hyatt points at about £10. The deal works well for longer stays because you receive the bonus per night.
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.
We don’t normally mention Shangri-La Golden Circle in this monthly round up.
At present, however, there is a very generous triple points deal. As long as you book and check-in via the new Golden Circle app you will receive triple points on stays until 30th April.
As I explain in this article, this could get you a 30% rebate on the cost of your room!
Wyndham Rewards (Ramada, Days Inn):
Similarly, we rarely feature Wyndham Rewards as there are only a handful of Ramada and Days Inn hotels in the UK (Waterloo is above).
Their current offer is very generous, however, and potentially worth a look if you are travelling in North America where they are the biggest hotel grouping – they own Wyndham, Tryp, Wingate, Hawthorn, Microtel, Baymont, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn and the US (not UK) Travelodge.
If you complete two stays at any Wyndham Rewards hotel globally by 1st July, you will receive a free night at any Wyndham Rewards property. Full details are on the Wyndham Rewards website here. My main article on the deal is here.
You don’t get a free night voucher. What actually happens is that, after your 2nd stay, you receive 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points. ALL hotels – every single Wyndham Rewards property on the planet – cost a flat 15,000 points per night whether they are one-star or five-star so this is good for a free night.
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