UPDATE – MAY 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. Thank you.
Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.
All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Offers’ 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 14,000 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.
Where should you credit your stays in July and August?
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.
Hilton‘s new Go More Get More offer 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
Marriott‘s new Endless Earning promotion is not too generous. You will earn 1,500 bonus Bonvoy points, which I value at £7.50, on all stays of 2+ nights before 16th September.
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 Le Club AccorHotels and World of Hyatt which are not offering any global promotions.
Accor DOES, however, have an offer for a one-off ‘triple points’ bonus on your next stay. Details are below.
And don’t forget …..
Head for Points is curently running an EXCLUSIVE offer with hotel booking site Kaligo.com. If you book £700+ of hotels before 31st July, for stays before the year end, you will receive 8,000 bonus Avios. This is on top of the base Avios you receive for each stay.
If you are new to Kaligo.com, you receive an extra 2,000 bonus Avios on your first booking – however cheap!
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.
You can, however, earn a ‘one off’ TRIPLE points bonus on your next stay.
You need to register via this page of the Accor website. Take careful note of the dates:
You MUST register before booking via the link you will find here
You book between 23rd June and 31st July
You stay between 15th July and 15th September (no minimum stay requirement)
Your booking can be in any country but this offer is only valid for residents of selected countries – the UK is included, but many other places are not
There is no minmum stay requirement – even 1 night stays are OK
You can find out more details and register here.
Marriott Bonvoy (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc)
Marriott Bonvoy has just launched its Summer promotion, Endless Earning.
It is not hugely generous, offering 1500 bonus points on cash stays of 2+ nights. I value a Bonvoy point at 0.5p so this is equivalent to a £7.50 bonus on your 2+ nights.
The offer is valid for stays between 2nd July and 16th September, although you must register here by 2nd September.
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, which covers Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Thompson and many other brands, is not running a global promotion at present.
And finally …..
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Hotel offers update – May 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There is currently a special offer running with Marriott Bonvoy (30% discount to 20th June)