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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 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 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.
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 Power Up – register here
Accor’s 6000 bonus points – register here
Where should you credit your stays in September?
This is what you have to choose from:
IHG‘s Accelerate, which started on 1st September, has personalised targets so it is impossible to tell if yours are worth doing or not. You have until 31st December to achieve them.
Hilton‘s new Power Up offer is the easiest. You get double base points per stay, until 5th January 2020, increasing to triple points if you still have – and pay with – the old Barclaycard Hilton Honors credit card.
Marriott‘s Endless Earning promotion is still running until 16th September, but registration is now closed. You will earn 1,500 bonus Bonvoy points, which I value at £7.50, on all stays of 2+ nights.
Accor is offering 6,000 bonus points if you complete 3 x 2-night stays between 13th September and 19th January. However, you need to make your bookings before 27th September.
The schemes to avoid if you are seeking bonus points at the moment are Radisson Rewards and World of Hyatt which are not offering any global promotions.
IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Indigo, Staybridge Suites etc):
IHG is running another version of its Accelerate promotion. It runs from 1st September to 31st December.
Here is a typical set of targets for this round:
25,200 bonus points for staying at four different brands
4,500 bonus points for booking one ‘points and cash’ redemption
2,800 bonus points for staying at three different hotels
8,000 bonus points for four stays using the corporate rate of the company I haven’t worked at for nine years and which very few hotels accept!
Unusually, there was no additional bonus for me for completing all or most of the separate targets.
Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc):
You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 9th September and 5th January. If you pay with the old Hilton Honors Barclaycard, no longer available to new applicants, you will receive triple base points.
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.
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 for 90 days with a stays target for getting Gold or Diamond until 2021 – 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, is re-running its occasional promotion to earn 6,000 bonus points. These would convert into 6,000 Avios or €120 of hotel credit, amongst other things.
The offer is a bit fiddly and restrictive. To earn the full 6,000 bonus points you need to complete 3 x 2-night stays between 13th September and 19th January.
However, all bookings must be made by 27th September.
You receive 500 bonus points after your first 2+ nights stay, 2500 after your 2nd stay and 3000 after your third stay.
Marriott Bonvoy (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc):
Marriott Bonvoy is about to close its Summer promotion, Endless Earning.
It was 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 until 16th September.
Registration closed on 2nd September so it is too late to take part. We don’t know what will replace this offer, if anything, from 17th September.
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, 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.
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