What are the best hotel promos for May?

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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.

We skipped the April version of the article because the Marriott and SPG promotions ended on 15th April.  Instead, I decided to run an ‘early’ May edition rather than a ‘late’ April one.

Where should you credit your stays in May?

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

InterContinental Le Grand Paris

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

The new Summer 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’ beings on 1st May and runs until 31st July.  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 55,700 points maximum, comprising:

  • 2,000 points for a stay in May
  • 2,000 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 9,600 points for two stays booked via the IHG app
  • 2,500 points for three stays booked via my corporate rate
  • 12,000 points for two stays in any country in North America, South America, Central America, Caribbean, Greater China, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
  • 1,000 points for ANY redemption, including a cheap digital download
  • 2,000 points for getting either of the IHG credit cards
  • 14,600 points for completing six of the seven targets above, excluding the May bonus

This is a pretty weird selection to be honest.  It is unlikely that I can hit the countries bonus based on my current travel plans.   I will be in the US in May but New York is the sort of expensive city where you should redeem points and not pay cash.

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 You will receive double points on every stay from 1st May to 31st August.  There is no minimum stay required and every Hilton hotel is participating.

I wrote about Hilton’s double 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 double points offer by visiting this page of hilton.com.  The Hilton booking page is here.

PS.  Remember that, as of 1st April, you can no longer collect airline miles with your Hilton stays.  The previous ‘points and miles’ and ‘points and points’ options have been replaced.  I wrote more about that here.

 

Radisson Rewards (Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Red):

There is no global Radisson Rewards promotion at the moment.  If you want to know what has changed now that Club Carlson has morphed into Radisson Rewards, my article is here.  The Radisson Rewards booking page is here.

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 – 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.  The Best Western booking site is here.

world-of-hyatt

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

However, it is now too late to register for this offer.  Registration ended on 31st March.

SPG Starwood

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

The new Starwood offer is called ‘More Nights, More Starpoints’.

From 16th April to 20th July, you will earn 250 bonus points per night which I would value at £3.75.  However, the bonus only kicks in from your third night from 16th April.

Full details are in this HFP article.  The article includes a link to the list of non-participating hotels.

Registration is required via this page of the Starwood website.  Note that registration closes on 30th June even though the offer runs until 20th July.  The bonus is capped at 12,000 points.  The Starwood booking page is here.

marriott

Marriott (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton etc):

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

The Marriott Summer promotion is another outing for Megabonus.

From 16th April to 20th July, you will earn 750 bonus points per night which I would value at £3.75.  However, the bonus only kick in from your third night from 16th April.

Full details are in this HFP article.

Registration is required via this page of the Marriott website.  Note that registration closes on 30th June even though the offer runs until 20th July.  The bonus is capped at 36,000 points.  The Marriott booking page is here.

Wyndham Rewards (Ramada, Days Inn):

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 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 hereMy 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.  The Wyndham booking site is here.

Heathrow Rewards Rocketmiles

Heathrow Rewards / Rocketmiles:

Finally, a quick mention for the current Heathrow Rewards / Rocketmiles offer.

If you haven’t booked via the Rocketmiles hotel booking site before, you will receive at least 2,500 Heathrow Rewards points – convertible into 2,500 airline miles with Avios, Virgin, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and others – with your first stay.  Full details are in this article.

And …..

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(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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Comments

  1. John Blundell says:

    Marriott rewards is 750 points per night not per stay.

  2. My Accelerate targets were.

    Stay 1 night – 1.000 Points
    Stay 3 Nights – 6.000 Points
    Stay 6 Nights – 3.000 Points
    Stay 9 Nights – 3.000 Points
    Stay 12 Nights – 3.000 Points
    Stay 15 Nights – 3.000 Points
    Stay 18 Nights – 15.000 Points

    I am assuming my lack of variation is because I am not a regular user.

    • Lloyd Buck says:

      This is the same as mine, twice in a row I’ve had it and I’m not very happy as I can’t get many points from it!

      • Lady London says:

        Pretty much the same as mine too. It was close enough to as ridiculous last time.

        I was so annoyed I’ve actually moved nights IHG was going to get, to Accor and Hilton.

  3. Cate ⛱️ says:

    I read this morning that Accor are considering buying Mövenpick. Not really considered Accor as a go to hotel scheme before but I’m in the market for a new loyalty scheme so may give it a whirl. Can you transfer MR point into the scheme? Doen’t look like they have a dedicated UK credt card.

    • No and No. Points are worth 2c each, no arbitrage opportunity.

    • Lady London says:

      Speaking of Accorhotels they also seem to be taking 25hourshotels into the scheme soon. Quite nice hotels in Germany at least (seem to be below Sofitel, but not by much).

    • Lady London says:

      Accor are good if you can use their promotions. Both for money off (which makes then non-changeable). Also for extra points. They have many promotions that operate in specific areas of the world only. Presumably where they want to drum up bookings.

      Also extra points earned by promotions have apparently stopped counting for status.
      And as Rob says, there’s no arbitrage. The points relate strictly to a money amount. So if you’re trying to spend points to avoid paying peak rates on a particular date, it won’t work because points only offset the going price for the night i.e. you will always have to spend points based on the cash price ;prevailing for each night you want to use points for.

      Accor is also extremely weak in the USA. Obviously very strong in France and quite a few other European countries and reasonable choice in the UK. In Asia their properties are on a different level as is the case with many other chains.

  4. Wyndham promo may be excellet value using part pay – 3000 points plus cash – this include some all inclusive resorts. You may get 5 days all incl. in Mexico or DominicA for 15000 points and about 500£.

  5. Anyone have any experience using Wanup? They seem to offering 40 euros towards your first booking if you register.

  6. JamesB says:

    OT: If a two night IHG paid stay is sandwiched between two reward nights will the paid stay still be qualifying for points and accelerate? I know there are issues at Hilton but no idea about IHG.

    • Genghis says:

      Last weekend we had a 2 night reward stay followed by a 1 night paid stay (using MC discount). We linked bookings in advance and again at check in. Points posted OK and noted as a Qualifying night so could be used for Accelerate.

      • JamesB says:

        Great, I was going to use MC rate for paid stay too if I can get the code into an app bookimg as I alsonneed a couple of those. It’s for my next accelerate, just completed the current one last weekend, looking forward to seeing if I can get a decent freebie or two from that on Monday pointbreaks.

    • This should be fine, as it usually posts correctly. However, sometimes it doesn’t to start with and has to sorted out afterwards with the help of the hotel.

      We had a couple of problems with this last year, in two separate hotels, even though a previous stay had posted correctly in one of them. They both got sorted out and the paid night stay was amended as qualifying and earned accelerate points. We also had the same problem on a recent stay just a couple of weeks ago which we are still following up on. Like Genghis we always ask contact the hotel to ask for our stays to be linked in advance, and we show the different bookings at check-in.. Unfortunately any problems that do occur always seems to happen towards the end of an Accelerate period!.

      • JamesB says:

        Thanks Lyn, I will give it a go and hope for the simplest outcome but chase it up if necessary. On the plus side it is mid May so near the beginning of accelerate. I might even just pay all five nights which solves the problem but would increase total nights required to complete targets from 5 to 7. That in turn might see me get more difficult targets in future accelerates. Might be time to cherry pick rather than complete the challenges in hope it keeps my autumn accelerate simple.

  7. RussellH says:

    Has something changed with bookings made on the IHG App?

    I just used the app because it is an accelerate thing; I would not touch it otherwise.

    It used to be possible to borrow a tablet to make an app booking, then review it on a proper computer, and print out the booking details. I also always got e-mail confirmation of a booking, whether app or computer.
    This time the booking is showing in the app, but no e-mail and the IHG website cannot find the reservation, though it does say that I have two upcoming reservations, but only one is actually displayed.

    Thoughts anyone?

    • Genghis says:

      Have you tried adding the booking to the IHG website under “Don’t See Your Stay?”

      • RussellH says:

        Yes. That is what I meant by “the IHG website cannot find the reservation”, which is still the situation.
        I phoned IHG CS (020 number), and got someone who sounded as though he lived in London (not the Phili[innes). He sent me the confirmation e-mail, and also said that there is currently an issue with recent bookings not always showing up properly.

  8. Alex W says:

    For Hilton some may have £50 back on £250 Amex spend until 11 Jun.

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