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Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.
Apologies for running this a little later than usual for June. I was expected a new Marriott Bonvoy promotion to launch – the old one ended on 4th June – but nothing has happened so far. I eventually gave up waiting because the Accor offer requires you to book by tomorrow.
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 13,800 email subscribers – means I am now running this monthly article as a handy summary of what is going on.
If you’d rather not spend cash on your next stay, this article looks at how to use Avios points to book hotel rooms.
Here are quick links to the registration pages you need for each offer – do it before you forget:
IHG’s Accelerate – register here
Hilton’s Go More Get More – register here
Accor’s ‘2x, 3x, 4x Avios on your next booking’ deal – no registration needed, details here
Radisson’s Discover More Staying Power – register here
Where should you credit your stays in June?
This is what you have to choose from:
IHG‘s Accelerate, which started on 1st May, has personalised targets so it is impossible to tell if yours are worth doing or not. In general, they are NOT hugely generous this time. Many people are also having trouble signing up.
Hilton‘s new Go More Get More offer, which started yesterday, is the easiest – double base points per stay, starting on your 2nd stay, plus additional bonuses for hitting 10, 15 and 20 stays by 8th September
Accor has two offers – a Europe / Africa / Middle East offer of 2x, 3x or 4x points on one stay only, with the bonus depending on which month you stay (4x is August) – and an Avios offer worth up to 4x miles
Radisson is offering 3,000 bonus points per night, worldwide. I would value these at £9 which means you are getting a good return, especially at low cost hotels.
The schemes to avoid if you are seeking bonus points at the moment are Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt which are not offering any global promotion at present.
IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Indigo, Staybridge Suites etc):
IHG is running another version of its Accelerate promotion. It runs from 1st May to 31st August.
Here is a typical set of targets for this round:
10,000 bonus points for staying five nights
14,400 bonus points for staying at three different IHG brands
2,800 points for staying at two different IHG hotels
4,500 bonus points for booking one ‘points and cash’ stay
5,600 bonus points for 2 x 2-night weekend stays (Saturday plus another night)
Unusually, there was no additional bonus for me for completing all or most of the separate targets. If you are being smart you could hit the first three targets with just three stays which totalled five nights.
Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc):
You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 6th May and 8th September, starting with your second stay.
For most brands, you will earn 10 base points per $1 spent, plus an additional 10 promotional points plus any status bonus.
Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your spending here. 20 points per $1 is an 8.5% rebate and that is before you add in any status bonus. There are also additional targets for heavy stayers:
10,000 bonus points after 10 stays
+ a further 15,000 bonus points after 15 stays (total of 25,000)
+ a further 20,000 bonus points after 20 stays (total of 45,000)
I would value 45,000 points at £150, so you’re getting an extra £7+ of points per stay if you manage to hit 20 stays. You have until 8th September, so for regular business travellers it may be achievable.
There is no cap to what you can earn. The only snag is that you only earn double points from your SECOND stay after 6th May.
You need to register in advance via the Hilton website here. Existing bookings count, there is no minimum stay rule and all Hilton Honors hotels are taking part.
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 get a Hilton status match in this article.
The Hilton booking page is here.
Le Club AccorHotels:
Le Club AccorHotels, which covers Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman / Raffles / Swissotel / Fairmont etc, has no global promotion at the moment.
There is one niche Avios offer, however, which requires booking by tomorrow. No registration is required.
For ALL stays taken by 15th July, and booked by 15th June, you receive:
- DOUBLE Avios for stays of 1 or 2 nights
- TRIPLE Avios for stays of 3 nights
- QUADRUPLE Avios for stays of 4+ nights
Full details of the Avios offer are in this article. You need to credit your stays to Iberia Plus and not British Airways Executive Club – the article explains why.
Marriott Bonvoy (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc):
Marriott Bonvoy is not running a global promotion at present.
Radisson Rewards (Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Red):
Radisson Rewards is offering a generous 3,000 bonus points per night with its new offer.
Called ‘Discover More Staying Power’, it is valid for stays worldwide between 27th May and 31st August. Participating brands are Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson,
You will earn 3,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points per NIGHT, starting with your 2nd stay during the promotional period.
I tend to value a Radisson Rewards point at 0.3p. This means that you are getting £9 of bonus points per night. This is a very good return, especially at cheap Park Inn hotels.
You MUST register in advance for this offer by clicking here. Existing bookings count. Reward nights and, importantly, ‘points & cash’ bookings do not count. As usual, stays booked via third parties such as Expedia will not count.
Be careful with the ‘starting with your 2nd stay’ rule. If you were going to spend 7-10 days in a Radisson Rewards hotel it might be worth seeking out a cheap Park Inn somewhere to sneak in a mattress run night before that.
Click here to register.
World of Hyatt:
World of Hyatt is running a ‘per night’ bonus promotion valid across all of its brands.
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