(EDIT, 31st December: The 55,000 points card is currently sold out on the UK site but is showing on the Spanish site. However, check both links as the situation may have changed by the time you read this.)
Over Black Friday, I wrote about the good deal available by buying MeliaRewards gift cards on Amazon.
It usually costs €330 for 55,000 Melia Rewards points. On Black Friday, it was just €165. This was a deal I couldn’t resist. I bought 55,000 points and booked two nights for my brother at the new Melia in Kensington for July, when it is selling for £300 per night.
At the moment, the deal is back. The price is not as generous:
buying off Amazon UK – click here – you will pay £205 for 55,000 Melia Rewards points
buying off Amazon Spain – click here – you will pay €214 (£192) for 55,000 Melia Rewards points
The Spanish site is cheaper although delivery is an extra €4. Oddly, it is also faster if you choose Express Delivery (€6) than buying from the UK site, probably because Amazon UK ships from Spain using Standard Delivery. If you bought yesterday, the UK site was promising delivery by ‘9th-11th January’ whilst the Spanish site, with Express Delivery, would deliver by 3rd January.
This is what you get:
Whilst the card itself is credit card sized, the leaflet it is stuck to is A5:
The instructions were simple enough that even my rudimentary (ie non existent) Spanish could follow them:
You log into the Melia website and head to ‘My Points’
Filter the earning and spending options by ‘Shopping’
Click on Amazon. As well as explaining how to redeem your points for amazon.co.uk gift cards, there is a box to deposit your gift card. I typed in the number and the 55,000 points immediately appeared as you can see below.
Can you get value paying £205 for 55,000 MeliaRewards points?
Having spent more time now exploring the MeliaRewards redemption chart, it is not as random as it first seemed. It is simply that hotels have totally weird redemption values which makes them appear random.
INNSIDE New York, which we reviewed here, is 23,098 points per night. Where this number comes from I have no idea! There is real value here – I found dates in May 2019 where cash rates are over £350 per night, whilst you would be paying under £100 if you redeemed gift card points here, assuming you paid £205 for 55,000 points.
In London, the Melia White House is 24,286 points per night. Again, on a peak date this is a bargain at under £100. Melia has also taken over a hotel in Kensington which is due to be refurbished in the Spring and should be looking good for Summer stays.
What you CAN’T do is transfer these points to Avios or to anything else. They are ringfenced for hotel stays. You also need to note that the hotel only offers a few rooms per night at the points prices above – once those have gone, rather like the way Hilton Honors works, redemptions are priced off a revenue based system which is much less attractive.
I would not necessarily buy speculatively at £205. However, if you have any stays planned where Melia could be an option it is worth a look.
How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express (January 2021)
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE MeliaRewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade status.
You can discover the benefits of MeliaRewards Gold status on the Melia website here.
(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.)