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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 (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 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. The Wyndham booking site is here.
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.
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