What are the best hotel promos for December 2018?

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Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  This has run slightly later than usual this month, but it does not make major difference as most of the offers featured are continuing from November.

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 12,500 email subscribers – means I am now running this monthly article as a handy summary of what is going on.

Here are quick links to the registration pages you need for each offer – do it before you forget:

IHG’s Double Points Plus More – register here 

Hilton’s Double And Triple Points – register here 

Marriott / Starwood MegaBonus In More Places – register here 

Where should you credit your stays in December?

With all of the Autumn promotions now launched, we have a clear view of what IHG, Hilton, Accor, World of Hyatt and Marriott / Starwood will run until the end of the year.

Hilton’s offer is the easiest – double points (triple on luxury and resort stays) with no restrictions.  This is good until 3rd January.

Marriott / Starwood are offering 2000 bonus points per stay but you must stay 2+ nights, and if you are at expensive hotels the bonus looks a little puny.  This deal runs until the end of January.

Even IHG’s double points offer has a catch this time, as it only kicks in from your 2nd stay.  This could still be the most generous offer but it depends on your personalised targets.  For UK residents the offer has been extended until 31st December.

Accor does not have a global promotion at the moment but is offering triple Avios until 31st December if you choose to automatically convert the points from your stays.

The only schemes to avoid if you are seeking bonus points are Radisson Rewards and World of Hyatt which are not offering any global promotions.

InterContinental Le Grand Paris

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

IHG has pulled back a little this quarter which is a shame.  However, because everyone gets personalised targets, you may be pleasantly surprised.

The new offer is called Double Points Plus More.  It runs from 16th September to 31st December.

It is simple.  You earn double base points from your 2nd stay.  There are additional personalised targets which could be worth a lot more.  The original cap of 15,000 bonus points has been removed and there is now no limit on what bonus you can earn.

This is my article on the offer.  You can register on the IHG site here.

I got the following extra targets:

11,200 bonus points for staying at two different IHG brands

6,800 bonus points for making four bookings using the corporate code of the firm I haven’t worked for since 2010!

12,000 bonus points for making two stays of 4+ nights

15,000 bonus points for completing three of my four targets

This is fairly useless to me, frankly.  To hit 15,000 base points would require spending $1,500, before VAT, on IHG stays over the next three months (plus the spending on the first stay, which won’t be doubled) and that isn’t happening.  The 11,200 points bonus for staying at two different brands is an easy one, however.  If I value an IHG point at 0.4p then I’m getting £45 of points back from those two stays – plus double base points on the 2nd stay – which is a good deal.

My wife got the following extra targets:

11,200 bonus points for staying at two different IHG brands

3,200 bonus points for booking two stays on the IHG app

8,400 bonus points for staying two weekends (a Saturday night and another night)

Again, this is not hugely exciting.  However, 11,200 points for two brands is straightforward enough, as is the app bonus.

You need to register for ‘Double Points Plus More’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 10th September to 3rd January.  There is no minimum stay required and every Hilton hotel is participating.  Even better, stays at luxury (Conrad, Waldorf) and resort hotels earn triple points.

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

Le Club AccorHotels current special offers

Le Club AccorHotels:

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Ibis / Novotel / Sofitel / Mecure etc, is running a special Avios promotion at the moment.  There is no global points offer however.

Your will earn triple Avios on every stay before 31st December.  Your earning rate varies by brand but will generally get you 7.5 Avios for every €1 you spend.

Full details are on the Accor website here.  Registration is not needed.

There are two positive points:

the last booking date is also 31st December, so the promo will still work on last minute stays, and

there is no minimum stay requirement

The one negative point is that existing bookings made before 10th October do not count.  You should rebook as long as your rate is flexible and the price has not gone up.

This promotion is running with Iberia Plus.  Whilst there is also a British Airways version, you want to credit to Iberia Plus because the exchange rate is double.  Accor points transfer 1:1 into Iberia Plus whilst they only transfer at 2:1 into British Airways Executive Club.

My full article on the triple Avios promotion is here.  You can find out more via the Accor website here.

marriott rewards bonus points offers

Marriott and Starwood (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc):

Following the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest on 18th August, the two companies are now operating as one even though the individual brands will remain until January.

The current offer is called ‘MegaBonus In More Places‘.  It runs from 26th September to 31st January, although registration closes 7th January.

You receive:

2,000 bonus points for every 2+ night stay plus

1,000 bonus points for each new brand, starting with your 2nd brand

10,000 bonus points for staying at 10 different brands

(a virtually impossible) 29,000 bonus points for staying at all 29 Marriott and Starwood brands

Given that Marriott / Starwood now covers all of these brands – AC Hotels, Aloft, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, Edition, Element, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Gaylord, Le Meridien, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites, W, Westin – you won’t be struggling for places to stay.

Our main article on MegaBonus In More Places is here although it does not mention the 10 brand / 29 brand targets as these were added later.  You can register for the promotion here.

The main Marriott booking page is here.

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

Radisson Rewards is not running a global promotion at present.

World of Hyatt:

World of Hyatt is not running a global promotion at present.

And finally …..

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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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  1. Nigel the Pensioner says:

    LVMH buying Belmond – that’s an excellent bit of news for lovers of Ruinart! Maybe Cap Juluca (Anguilla) which reopened about 2 weeks ago as a Belmond, will be serving it as their house champagne…? The Cheval Blanc properties too are quite magnificent as Rob says – the St Barth property having been refurbed two or three years ago, regrettably knocked the socks off Eden Rock, causing Oetker to set about some minor improvements!
    Im not sure that I would describe Belmonds as down at heel though; it creates an inaccurate impression overall. Pretty much any chain of more than a dozen properties will always have one that needs a scrub and lick of paint!
    Will have to wait until 2019 to see the Anguilla Belmond champagne offerings!

  2. Radisson Rewards is offering 2500 points per stay in addition to normal earnings.

    ”offer is for stays until March 10, 2019.
    Book by December 21, 2018.”

    • Lady London says:

      Plus Radisson launched a so-called 30% off offer for members, that seems to work out at 10-15% off flexible rate.

  3. The way that I read the Marriott offer, I could go brand hopping even if I don’t do 2 night stays.

    Have stayed at 3 different brands since I registered for the offer but still no bonus points???

    • I’ve been told by Marriott that the you must stay two nights to earn any bonus points. I too was under the impression that after the first two night stay any length stay at a new brand would earn 1000 bonus points. Sadly not.

      • Lady London says:

        Bit cheap of Marriott. Glad I walked away.

        And I couldn’t be bothered to do the IHG targets this year. Simply not enough in it for me to divert stays from other hotels. Even though IHG has kept emailing me trying to encourage me to participate.

    • You are correct. The 1000 per brand starting from the second brand will post after the promotion is over.

  4. Hilton bit, somewhat related:

    I don’t know if it’s part of the points promotion or a seasonal jolly but the Doubletree in Greenwich this week had a literal, physical Wheel Of Fortune that HHonors members got to spin on check in, with prizes including 2000 extra points. I gave it a whirl and, despite ending up on a losing slice, the nice receptionist gifted us 3 vouchers for free drinks and a 500 extra points for a £25 restaurant spend as a consolation prize. Should have taken a photo of the wheel.

    • Love this, but of a gimmick yes, but tis the season for it. 🙂

    • They have had that for many months. Just check they apply the points as I usually have to chase them. Fortunately I stay there a lot and can always chase for the previous stay!

      It’s a funny old hotel though. Great views, and ideally located for me, but some odd furnishing choices (that bathrooms appear to have been designed by someone who hasn’t ever used a bathroom before).

  5. OT: trying to buy a hotel voucher/gift card for my brother and wondered if there is any way to earn avios on these anywhere? I asked Hilton and you can’t earn Honours points on theirs…

    • Lady London says:

      The Melia offer Rob has put on here looked good. Might have been more than you wanted to spend though @Katy! Maybe you could have shared the resulting avios with him?

  6. Note the SPG/Marriott 29 days points posted this morning..

  7. Totally Off Topic: Qatar QMiles redemption cancellation fees / penalties.

    If I book a reward flight but have to cancel it a few days prior to departure, what is the cancellation fee and do I get all the QMiles back ????

    Looking at this latest 30%-50% off award tickets to certain destinations BUT I may need to cancel a few days prior to departure.

    Anyone have links to Qatar’s latest T’s & C’s covering this scenario ?

    • Lady London says:

      The t’s and c’s will vary according to the fare you purchased and its conditions. In the case of British Airways, this would be found under the “fare class”. I am not sure what Qatar calls it but the t’s and c’s would have been provided to you most probably with your ticket confirmation and will differ from ticket to ticket.

      • Lady London says:

        Be aware though that with Qatar often cancellation is not possible, although changes may be at, say, £100-200 each. Reading your question more closely, the conditions applying to award tickets should be able to be found in the info about their points collecting program on the website.

  8. Over 50k points from IHG this time for me – had to convert one reward stay to paid at a HIX (although was cheap and actually subsequently refunded due to service issues!) then AMB voucher stay and another good value IC stay. Had some other stays in between at HI/HIX when in USA that earned double points too.

  9. pommy ray says:

    slightly OT ihg acceralate is pretty poor this time, but they did a series for black Friday. one was 50 per cent extra for bonus package points (which seem a lot harder to get now the 5000 option has disappeared on most UK hotels) so i went for it and the bonus points don’t seem to go towards status! it was not clear as I could not find the rules for the offer. now i have just missed out on plat! is it worth challenging or grovelling with them?
    could do ambassador subscription on points as an alternative next year at some point.

  10. Slightly OT, booking hotels (and flights) for a trip to Madrid next month, booking the AC Marriott and they are offering free breakfast if I pay with Visa.

    Also decided to book on the 777 planes there and back, unfortunately in WT.

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