Bits: Get double or triple Accor points on UK stays, 75% bonus buying Radisson points, Peakpoints closing

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Earn double or triple Le Club AccorHotels points on UK stays!

Accor has launched a good new promotion for stays at their hotels in the UK and Ireland.

Classic (base level), Silver and Gold members of Le Club AccorHotels will receive double base points.  Platinum members will receive triple points!

You MUST register via this link.

Bookings must be made between 18th April and 18th May and stays completed by 18th June.  There is no minimum stay requirement.

Participating brands are Ibis Styles, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery, Pullman and Sofitel.  As an example of what you would earn, a Gold member at the premium brands currently receives 37 points (worth 74 Eurocents or 37 Avios) for every €10 spent.  This means that a Gold member receives an additional 25 points per €10 worth 5% of their spending (total 12.4%).  A Platinum members gets an extra 50 points per €10 on top of base earnings of 44 points for a total rebate of 18.8%.

Remember that you must sign-up here.  The new-style Novotel at Canary Wharf is pictured below.

75% bonus when you buy Radisson Rewards points

Radisson Rewards, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is offering a 75% bonus when you buy points, however few or many points you buy.

The link is here.  The offer ends TODAY, 22nd April.

This deal does potentially offer value if you redeem in the right places on expensive nights.

The maximum number of points you can purchase is 70,000 (40,000 + 30,000 bonus) for $280.  That is £200.

The key London hotels such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – a relatively new London property with a pool and next to the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium etc – are 70,000 points per night, so £200.  I reviewed that hotel here.

The May Fair (which I reviewed here, and didn’t like much) is also 70,000 points.

At the more prosaic end of the scale, there are various Park Inn budgets hotels around the UK for 15,000 points per night.  Under this promo, 15,000 points would cost you £43 based on the pro-rata price of 70,000.

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

Worldhotels to close Peakpoints loyalty scheme

WorldHotels Peakpoints closing

WorldHotels is a marketing group that represents 350 hotels.   Rather like Leading Hotels of the World, it allows properties to remain independent whilst still benefiting from marketing synergies.

WorldHotels has decided to close its Peakpoints loyalty scheme.  The scheme has only been running for four years – this is the article I wrote when it launched.

Existing members have until 15th July to use their points.  A new scheme, called TheList, is planned for later in 2018 but there will be a gap when there is nothing available.

WorldHotels was acquired by Associated Luxury Hotels in February 2017 which may have been a trigger for the change.

(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.)

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  1. Peter K says:

    This Accor offer highlights a big problem with the scheme. They don’t allow current bookings to count towards new bonuses, unlike other hotel groups (likes Hilton). You have to cancel and rebook.
    They must spend a lot on these promos but end up upsetting people.

    • Lady London says:

      Yup. I had very nicely priced nights booked in Barcelona. When a good promotion came out 2 or 3 weeks later the price quoted for nights I had booked had close to doubled. Rebooking at the new price would have wiped out the entire value of the promotion.

      I decided to cancel that entire trip to Barcelona. It was an optional detour off a trip that I regularly do. I can do it another time when Accor or another hotel group has decent pricing combined with a promotion.

      • I don’t think some people understand the point of this kind of promotion (if you’ll pardon the pun)… they’re trying to upsell and/or convince you to travel when you wouldn’t otherwise. You were totally happy to book at a lower reward rate, so why would they want to pay you a higher reward when they don’t have to? I’m sure HFP readers who know how to game the system aren’t Accor’s ‘typical’ customer.

        • Peter K says:

          I understand they are trying to get extra people to book due to higher rewards but I making the point that if you are loyal and book in advance you miss out on the promos which then makes you annoyed and then less loyal. You hold off booking Accor until a promo comes along then you might decide to book a different hotel brand which doesn’t require as much effort.

  2. Soloflyer1977 says:

    I am due to be in Cardiff next month on a Saturday evening when hotels are typically £150+. Bought some Radisson points in this sale and got the Park Inn for £70 (approx 28k points) versus £140 cash price. Very pleased with that.

  3. OT-on IHG, any one have any idea on their policy for resort fees on points stays? Specifically the Crowne Plaza Times Square.

    • If there is one, it will show very clearly on the website when you try to book a cash room. Don’t think IHG currently has any in New York.

      • Thanks Rob, yes shows they charge $30, but just wondered if they waive on points stays as some others do.

    • Dr Tom says:

      I last stayed there about a year ago. At the time, they waived the resort fee.

  4. Does purchasing club carlson points extend the life of your balance?

  5. OT For ATM withdrawals on the Curve card abroad (after setting currency of card to local currency), does the £200 limit per month apply? So after £200 for each withdrawal I would pay £2 fee + 2% fee?

    • Peter K says:

      Fees apply on all curve withdrawals abroad if the underlying card is in £. Some say they haven’t been charged but I have the two times I tried it, in Sweden and Barbados.

      • Apparently if you set the currency of the card to the local currency on a card with no foreign transaction fees (e.g. Lloyds) you avoid some of the fees.

  6. Rob.

    Is this your code for IHG bookings it comes onto my computer by default 99634986 or do I need to go through your link.


    • Might be – don’t know what the underlying number is – but there is a link in the sidebar on desktop / tablet or in the IHG section of our Hotel Promos Page. Thank you.

  7. Thanks for the tipoff on the Radisson sale!

    My partner and I had used the points from our two Amex Gold cards to book two weekend nights in Edinburgh in August at the G&V Royal Mile (now the Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh). We’ve now added a third night after buying points in the sale (which posted immediately, incidentally).

    £200 plus ~50,000 Amex points as opposed to £400 * 3 nights (which we never would’ve been prepared to pay!) – very happy with that outcome.

  8. slonik says:

    OT – For IHG accelerate, if my target is “stay one night”, does anyone know whether a reward night stay would count?

  9. Hi all

    I’m fairly new to this website, and now I think I understand the best ways to utilise points for flights, I’m a bit clueless when it comes to hotels.

    I’m planning to take my wife to NYC in Autumn 2019 as an anniversary present and would like to stay in a really nice hotel for 4/5 nights. Does anyone have any suggestions on which hotel reward schemes are worth looking into to help find a good way to collect and spend points for this trip?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Genghis says:

      We’re staying at the Conrad next month (Hilton Honors) paying 80k a night (that’s after I’ll have been in Midtown for a couple of weeks working and Mrs G there for a few days). What you decide on might depend on how you earn your points. Rob did a good article recently and suggested Essex House (Marriott) but given changes with the programme and you wanting a hotel for Autumn 2019, I don’t suspect it will look so cheap when you come round to booking.

    • Conrad New York, a Hilton brand, is probably the best redemption because it is a) very nice and b) all suite. However, with the Hilton credit card no longer available, it is a lot trickier to get the points.

      If you have substantial credit card then the IHG Premium Mastercard is OK – £99 but a free night when you spend £10k in a year (voucher triggered after 12 months, not earlier). That would get you 2 nights (if you got a card each and put £10k on each) at one of the InterContinentals for eg, Barclay IC is classier. You’d also get enough sign-up and spend points to get a 3rd night. This is not a free option, however, with a £99 card fee and heavy spend needed to get the bonus.

      Apart from that I’d suggest sticking with convertible Amex Membership Rewards points. You can turn these into Hilton, Starwood or Radisson Rewards points and if you end up paying cash for a hotel you can move the Amex points into Avios or something else.

      I would also point out that BA Holidays has EXCEPTIONAL packages to New York much of the time. 3-4 nights in a 4-5 star hotel, plus Club World flights, is often £1300ish per person. That is ludicrously cheap. Promos come and go (we usually write about them when on) but even on a ‘normal’ day the packages are good.

      • Thanks for the suggestions Rob and Genghis, much appreciated.

        Using the 5th night free Hilton perk, it seems 5 nights at the Conrad would cost 320k points, which seems like a good deal. I think I might continue to focus on Amex MR points, which will then give me the option to convert to Hilton points, unless a better opportunity comes along.

        I’ll also check out the BA packages, as a decent deal there would allow us to use the Amex 241 for another trip 🙂

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