BACK AGAIN: Buy discounted MeliaRewards points on Amazon and get cheap hotel stays

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(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:

Melia Rewards Amazon points offer

Whilst the card itself is credit card sized, the leaflet it is stuck to is A5:

MeliaRewards Amazon points offer

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.

Melia Rewards Amazon points offer

Can you get value paying £205 for 55,000 MeliaRewards points?

Oh yes.

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.

The offer is here on the Amazon UK site and here on the Amazon Spain site.

(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. Hi, I am feeling really dumb at the moment but can someone explain how i get the discounted Amazon gift cards? I don’t have a Morrisons More card but no doubt could get one. I do have Amex, Tesco etc but cant fully understand these comments – What is current is the Tesco MOCs, eg £15 off £100, obvs that’s 15% (or better given your MR points on top) but it’s only £15 off on the first one, followed by 2x £10 off £100. So I made that 12.5%.
    Also where will I find the current Morrisons/Amex offer?

    • There’s been an Amex Offer for 10% back on all Morrison’s spend to 31/12 – you need to check your Amex online account to see if you have it.
      More card is free, 5 points per £ on gift cards, used to be 15. £5 voucher for every 5000 pts.
      MOC = money-off coupons (also known as helping hand) – I get these in the post from Tesco from time to time.

      • Thanks Alan, I was almost there but thought I was missing something- Sadly no Morrisons offer on any of our Amex cards and annoyingly I’ve not had any offers from Tesco for gift cards.

        • No worries 🙂 The Tesco vouchers aren’t specifically for gift cards, but if you put them through with normal shopping there’s not normally an issue.

  2. What is procedure to use these points for food in melia properties ? do i need to add the points to melia account first and request some voucher in exchange to points ? or just can give gift card at th moment of payment ?

    • The gift card won’t do it, that is just a code (you can’t swipe it). You’d give to give them your MeliaRewards account number but whether you need a plastic card or not I don’t know.

      • Add the points to your MR account, then at the restaurant tell them you want to pay with points, show your card (on the melia app is fine) they will work out the number of points needed and deduct from your account. Make sure you ask before reserving/sitting, some 3rd party owned restaurants in the properties will obviously not accept MR points as payment.

  3. Hi my gift cards have arrived today but I am unable to find where to enter the code on the Melia site. Has anyone else had any problems? I have had an account for almost a year but just have the 2000 introductory points. These show when I click on my points but the ‘Filter the earning and spending options by ‘Shopping’ is not showing. Help!

    • Cancel the above- the UK site wasn’t working properly but I have done it through the Spanish site and all points loaded. Only downside the dates I wanted in New York have gone up!

  4. Anyone able to redeem the gift card if they have 0 points in their account?

    Under “What do you want to do with your points”, I am presented with 0 options and can’t filter..

  5. K Murphy says:

    I bought a 55k and 35k gift card but can’t add them to my Melia account (I have gold via AMEX platinum). Despite calling Melia Rewards it’s dtill not resolved…it turns out the option I need to redeem is not displaying on ‘my points’ section of the website. Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Use the Spanish version of the Melia site – couple of readers said last week that worked for them.

      UK site worked fine for me back in December though.

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