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BACK FOR CYBER MONDAY: Bizarre but good deal – buy 55,000 MeliaRewards points on Amazon Spain for €165!

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This is possibly the oddest Black Friday deal I’ve seen today – but it could work out very nicely.

MeliaRewards has started using Amazon to sell gift cards containing pointsThis TravelWeekly article explains the arrangement – in theory they will soon be on the UK site too (EDIT: it is now on the UK site but only at full price, and it looks as if they are shipping it from Spain anyway given the delivery dates.)

They are on the Spanish site (amazon.es).  And, for FRIDAY ONLY (EDIT: deal is back for Cyber Monday), there is a 55% discount:

35,000 MeliaRewards points cost €105

55,000 MeliaRewards points cost €165

Here is the link to buy.

Postage to the UK is €4.  You will be posted a plastic card which I presume contains a number which lets you upload the points to your Melia account.

Buy Melia Rewards points on Amazon

Now …. MeliaRewards points can be converted to Avios at 10:3.  However, I am not 100% certain that these points will be transferable – Melia has a track record of restricting transfers to airline miles of certain promotional points.  Whilst you would be buying Avios at 0.8p each (€169 inc postage for 55,000 points which is 18,333 Avios) you can’t be certain this will be allowed.

You CAN use the points for hotel stays of course.  And this is where it starts to look interesting.

(EDIT:  Looking at the comments, what I wrote below is not totally correct.  MeliaRewards actually makes a small number of rooms available per night for a fixed redemption price – lower than what I quote below – but once those have gone it switches to the revenue-based model.  This makes the gift cards better value that my calculations suggest, assuming you can book these rooms.)

MeliaRewards pricing is based on the cash cost of a room, but is not uniform.  In London, it is usually around 0.45p per point.  In New York, it is around 0.65p.  In Rome, I found it was 0.31p.  It is a VARIABLE reward chart which goes up and down with the daily rate but the value per point seems to vary by hotel.

The values above are based on paying for a non-refundable room, so you may value them more highly given that reward nights can be cancelled

With this deal, you are paying 0.27p per point

For example:

ME London on a random January date is £189 or 41,649 points.  Using this promo, you would be buying 41,649 points for €125 (£110).

INNSIDE New York NoMad on a random January date is £152 including taxes or 22,917 points.  Using this promo, you would be buying 22,917 points for €69 (£61) which is a huge saving.

Grand Melia Rome on a random February date is £173 or 54,545 points.  You make a relatively modest saving using points here – your €165 gift card is worth £146 so you save £27 – or more if you value the flexibility of a redemption.

You would have some points left over of course.  However, MeliaRewards does ‘points and money’ so you could book a room costing more than 55,000 points and empty your entire balance in one transaction, just paying cash for the remaining sum.

You can also redeem points for food, drink and spa services at participating Melia hotels EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT A GUEST.  I’m not sure how you do this – I imagine the plastic card which Melia sends you can be swiped, but how it works if you don’t have a plastic card I don’t know.

The rate here is 200 points per €1.  In this promo you are buying points for 60c per €1, so there is a guaranteed profit here.  You make even more money in the US where the rate is 200 points per $1.

Conclusion

There is something interesting here.  However, since I don’t know if the points could be converted to Avios (even if you only used up the spare ones this way), I am not wholeheartedly recommending it.  The card must be activated within 6 months and the points spent within a year from then.

If you’re planning a hotel stay somewhere which has a Melia, however, it may be worth a look.  They are in more places than you think, eg the INNSIDE New York NoMad which Anika reviewed here.

You can find out more here if you’re interested.

(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. The Innside Manchester has been excellent on multiple stays. Pricing varies a lot depending on convention traffic I guess, but sometimes same or lower price as the bog-standard (i.e basic but perfectly acceptable) Premier Inn over the road.

    • We reviewed this when it opened – I liked it and I remember that the meal I had was substantially better than I expected.

    • Agree, stayed there last week and actually got upgraded to a suite, shame I was staying just for a night. Breakfast however wasn’t anything to speak about.

  2. The page now shows (which I’m sure it didn’t 1n hour ago) ‘El vendedor que has elegido para este producto no realiza envíos a Reino Unido (isla principal).’ – i.e. doesn’t ship to UK, but I selected my UK address and the order went through OK.

    • They’re still not getting Gibraltar back. Though maybe if they were selling cheap avios…😂

    • Yes and now I got a confirmation that my order has been shipped.

    • Odd, I don’t see that (in Chrome). Just bought one as an experiment, let’s see how it works out. Order accepted.

  3. Simon Spanswick says:

    Well I’ve just bought one. Looking for a trip in April next year to Tenerife and this will reduce the cost of the stay quite a bit at one of the Melia properties there. Thanks for the heads up, Rob & Co.

  4. Amazonish

    Have just been ordering a few bits for delivery to my hotel in Florida. I somehow managed to click thorugh on two different Amazon.com top-up giftcard special offers. One which added $7.50 to a $100 first time purchase, the other which added $10.00 to a $100 first time purchase as a Black Friday Special. I’ve been credited with $117.50 and a charge of £78.12 applied to my current account.

    Effective Exchange Rate – 1.504

  5. the_real_a says:

    So, this is 500euro of food/drinks for 165euro? (10k for 50euro credit) hmmm

  6. I now also got a text from DHL that my Melia card is on its way and will get it on Tuesday. Signature required!

  7. Lady London says:

    OT but as this is a “Spain” article.

    My flight at Christmas with Iberia has been moved. later. But only by 10mins. Does anyone know by how much a flight timing has to shift by, in order for me to say I’d rather go on another day, thank you?

    • Shoestring says:

      It’ll vary airline by airline, eg I saw the other day that for Norwegian, they judge 60 mins change to be enough for you to get a refund or an alternative more convenient re-ticketing.

      I guess you know 10 mins change is laughably minor (unless you somehow miss a connection?) but no harm in asking IB, I guess.

      • Lady London says:

        Tx Harry I thought it was a bit of a stretch. as I’ve got a few of them booked (funny, that!) I’ll leave this one but will hope someone will know. I’m hoping about 20min might be enough on a future flight – as it would have been with BMI – but no idea what is the min for IB

      • Harry – thought I’d let you know, Norwegian/fly sharp online travel agent ending up moving my friend to a different day and flight for no charge. Thanks for your help.

      • Iberia recently changed one of my flights by 10 minutes and I called them to say I was rejecting the schedule change. They refunded me (miles ticket) and didn’t charge a cancellation fee.

    • So with BA it’s on a ‘reasonable’ basis. For example, 30 mins in the middle of the day is unlikely to be accepted, but 30 mins from 0645 to 0615 probably would be as you could claim it’s ‘too difficult’ to get to the airport that early. Does that help?
      Of course officially the policy is more like Norwegian’s with a 1-hour cut-off, but there’s a small amount of grace in practice. Don’t know for sure but IB is likely to be the same, given that BA and AA have tried to align theirs for the JB.

    • Call and try. I think you could be lucky, but call.

      • I got a BA flight changed after a 10 minute schedule change. Basically they had been shuffling timings and equipment, I wanted to fly on 747 as originally booked instead of 777. The agent was fine with moving me to next flight about an hour later (was to jfk).

    • Chuckstar says:

      I had a 5 minute change on an ex EU first sector to LHR, therefore missed MCT.
      BA were very helpful and moved my long haul to the NEXT DAY, no problem AND no added charges.

  8. Don’t forget to choose to pay in Euros as if paying in pounds there is roughly £5 difference; I used my MBNA card.

  9. Londoner says:

    Would it be possible to buy e.g. 5-6 gift cards and use on the same account?

    Currently looking at hotels for a 5 night stay around Covent Garden in January, and it comes up as 260.000 – 304.000 points depending on the room type at ME London. This would cost 825-930 eur. compared to a cash price of 1.166 gbp (non-refundable whereas 260.000 is for refundable) – 1.311 gbp, so would be a great deal.

    Not familiar with Melia rewards, but are all rooms that are available for cash also available for points?

    • No-one knows. Part of the reason I’ve bought one is to see how it works, whether you can merge the points with others, whether you can use them for miles etc. Next time the offer comes along we’ll be prepared …..

      All rooms can be bought with points, yes.

      • Tried to buy and got this.

        ‘Please note that the amount of MeliáRewards Gift Card to redeem for hotel nights, Spa and breakfast treatments, meals or dinners at Meliá hotels (55,000 Points) has been updated to 2.’

        Doesn’t mention avios. Still pondering if it’s worth a punt…..

        • Londoner says:

          I can still get all the way to the payment screen with 5×55.000 and 1×35.000 with no error.

          Still considering whether it’s worth the risk.

      • Londoner says:

        Called Melia Rewards to get a confirmation.

        The agent said that you can redeem up to 3 vouchers per week. He confirmed this with his supervisor, as he said it was an unusual request 🙂
        They would not send it to me in an email, but said that all calls are recorded and provided me with the extension code, so that they could easily find the recording if something didn’t work out as planned.

      • Last year the promo was different,where electronic gift cards… this year it´s paper gift cards… god knows whether next year it will be the same.

    • Yes! But only a small limited number of rooms are available at the smallest points amount. Everything else is revenue based.

      • Londoner says:

        Is there a way to spot whether the deal I looked at is revenue or points based? Would be a shame to have bought points and then the price goes up substantially.

        • If per night you are paying 40-45k, then it´s the fixed price. If more, it´s revenue priced.

        • But check it out yourself, Aura Room is the cheapes ones.

        • Ah OK. Must be very limited given the dates I checked were up to 3 months out.

        • Londoner says:

          Not seeing any Aura Room on those dates, it might be sold out. Vibe is around 260.000 for 5 nights and Energy Urban Terrace is around 303.000 for 5 nights. I guess that’s revenue based then.

        • Ok – I´ve come to the following conclusion: Aura room usually available for 41, while Vibe for 52k – limited number of rooms. Everything else is revenue based (doint my maths, something around 0.00477 eur per point).
          You got a deal. pray card arrived on time,.

  10. Shoestring says:
    • Shoestring says:
    • We did it last week but they’ve changed the code for some reason …. can’t quite work out what they are doing.

      • Shoestring says:

        This £25 off £40 code is (a) different to yours & (b) open to everybody with Amex/MR points – still working, folks. Got it 6x on different Amazon accounts.

        • Lol I can’t think of enough things to use it on even if I did have 6 accounts!

        • rams1981 says:

          annoyingly not working for me

        • Shoestring says:

          Year’s supply of cat food for starters.

          Felix As good as it looks pouches normally go for about 27.5p each on offer (something like 40 pouches for £11) – it’s a tasty superior cat food according to our mog’s appreciation vs the cheapies.

          I’ve paid about 9.2p 🙂

        • lol – no cat here for that one 😛 looking at new digital camera but can get better prices elsewhere that beat the saving 🙂

        • Shoestring says:

          @rams1981 try a different product, I got knocked back as well with the ‘wrong’ sold-by-Amazon products, not sure how you are meant to tell.

        • You’ve got a cat though right? 🙂

        • Shoestring says:

          @Russ I got out-voted 4 to 1, sad but true.

          & guess who has to do everything? (litter tray, buy food, vaccinations, worming, flea sprays etc)

      • rams1981 says:

        Thanks Harry. Tried different items but no luck. Still worked on 2 accounts so no complaints

  11. The Original Nick says:

    I checked out of a Melia hotel in Madrid on Monday. Still no points have hit my account. Any idea how long they take ?

  12. Just received from Air Europa if useful to anyone:

    30%
    off long-haul flights
    CODE: BLACKFRIDAY30

    20%
    off short and medium-haul flights
    CODE: BLACKFRIDAY20

    30% web discount code for flights to long-haul.
    20% web discount code for flights to Europe.
    Sales period: from 23/11/18 – 26/11/18.
    Travel period: until 14/06/19 except for 14/12/18 – 07/01/19 and 12/04/19 – 22/04/19.
    Subject to Availability.

    • Just to add they have a proper business class seat on an A330 on some of their European routes.

  13. Btw Rob, Meliá pricing is not based on the cost. Their is a redemption table somewhere buried in the web. However, only a limited number of room are available. All other availlable rooms are revenue based.

  14. Concerto says:

    What I don’t like is that you have to use the points fairly quickly, you can’t just add them to your account and keep them by keeping your account alive. At least, according to a poster somewhere above.

    • You have 6 months to activate the card and deposit points and then a year to spend them. I think most of us could spend them in 18 months. Remember you only have to spend them by then. That means at least 2 and a half years!

  15. Slightly off OT but on the Spain theme, received the Iberia avios via Groupon, (quite easy) but when logging in to transfer, although Iberia and baec recognise both my accounts it will only accept transfers BAEC to IB. I have tried at both websites and same problem. I know a previous work round was transfer to via Avios then to BAEC but my account has now been closed by Avios so that is no longer an option, I imagine others are in the same position but couldn’t find any threads.

  16. Wanted this for New York, but at 160,000 points a night or £400 it doesn’t seem to offer a saving!

  17. This deal appears to be back on today, for anyone who didn’t purchase on Friday.

    Has anyone received their card yet? I cancelled the delivery to my UK address and had re-ordered to an address I can use in Spain. Out for delivery today, so I should have the card soon.

    • Now received by my contact in Spain. He’s emailed the code to me, and points credited instantly.

      • OK. So you just input the code and the points are added to your existing balance? (Did you have an existing balance or was it zero?)

        • Existing balance was the free 2k that you get for setting up an account (which I did on Friday).

          Voucher comes with instructions to either visit amazon.meliarewards.com OR go to your profile > My Points > Filter by Category > Shopping > Amazon OR scan a QR code. I did the second, and put the code in there and the points were added to my balance instantly.

          Took a bit of Google Translating to be sure I was following instructions right (the voucher is in Spanish, but the online procedure is English).

        • Thanks for feeding back Rich – be interested to know if there’s any restrictions on converting these points (as Rob suggested there could be). What are your plans? 🙂

        • I’ll probably use it for a hotel redemption. There are a number of Melia properties in places I plan to visit over the next year, so I expect to be able to find good value at at least one of them.

          Transfer to Avios was a backup plan (if indeed it’s possible).

        • Annoyingly it’s full price now. Assume it was midnight Madrid time when it ended 😌

      • For completeness, since the T&Cs were hidden under the card and in Spanish, they are:

        “The card is for one single use. You can use the points in any of our hotels, for stays, services but not for increasing your MeliaRewards level. Purchased points will be credited to your account within 24 hours maximum. You have six months to activate your code from the moment of purchase of the gift card, and one year to use them from the moment of activation. Once in the account, the points cannot be refunded. The quantity of points needed for a reservation may change depending on the date that you want to reserve and the availability and seasons of each hotel. En the case of a reservation for a destination with a tourist tax, this must be paid directly to the hotel and you may not pay it in points. To enjoy this gift, you must be a member of the MeliaRewards programme. If you are not already, you can do so at http://www.meliarewards.com

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