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The best Black Friday deal? MeliaRewards points being sold both directly and via Amazon

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It’s back for another year – the EXCEPTIONALLY good Black Friday deal for buying MeliaRewards gift cards on Amazon Spain.

EDIT: This deal is also available directly from Melia – buy here.  This has four advantages – the 80000 points package is €20 cheaper, you save the €4 postage fee, you receive the points immediately and, if you have an exact redemption in mind, you can buy the exact number you need.  Click here for the ‘buy points’ page on the Melia website – go to the ‘My Points’ section if not diverted automatically.  The promo is not mentioned (!) but try to buy and the discounted price appears. 

Spanish hotel group Melia has been selling points on Amazon Spain for a year now.  They come in the form of gift cards you deposit into your MeliaRewards account.  Here are the standard prices:

35,000 points for €210

55,000 points for €330

80,000 points for €560

Until Monday, these prices have been slashed.  Look here:

35,000 points for €126 – €3.60 per 1,000

55,000 points for €198 – €3.60 per 1,000

80,000 points for €308 – €3.85 per 1,000

You can check the price and availability on this page of the Spanish Amazon site.

I bought this deal last year, when I paid €165 for 55,000 points (you will pay €198 this year).  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 €308 (£264) for 80,000 MeliaRewards points?

Oh yes.

Now …. MeliaRewards points can be converted to Avios at 10:3.  However, these points are not transferable.  The value is in hotel rooms.

Having spent a lot of time last year exploring the MeliaRewards redemption chart, it is not as random as it first seems.  It is simply that hotels have totally weird redemption values which makes them appear random.

INNSIDE New York, which we reviewed here, was 23,098 points per night when I looked last year (the Melia website was down at midnight last night and I couldn’t look up the current figure).  Where this number comes from I have no idea!  There is real value here – cash rates are around £300 per night in the Summer, whilst you would be paying under £100 if you redeemed gift card points.

In London, the Melia White House was 24,286 points per night last time I checked.  Again, on a peak date this is a bargain at under £100.

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.

This is how I used my points from 2018

Last year, I bought 55,000 points for €165 (€198 this year).  I used 48,500 for two nights at the Melia White House for my brother.  This was during Wimbledon and the cash rates were over £250 per night.

Surprisingly, after this stay I was able to transfer the remaining points to Avios at 10:3.  This got me another 2,000+ Avios.

My total return on €165 was therefore £500-worth of hotel rooms plus 2,000+ Avios.  Not bad!

Ordering is easy.  Your Amazon UK log-in details work on the Spanish site, and your UK delivery details are pre-populated.  Postage to the UK is €4 and delivery is expected around 5th December.

I wouldn’t buy these points totally speculatively, but if you are fairly sure you can use them then this is a very good dealThe link to the Amazon Spain page is here.  The offer runs until Monday.

(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.)

Comments (62)

  • BJ says:

    With redemption prices changing all the time how do we know the amount of points required for a standard, and therefore refundable, redemption?

  • Anders says:

    Still have my gift cards from last year never got it to work guess I was too late to register them. No help what so ever from Meliá. 5+ calls and very little knowledge about the deal was even told they were only for Spanish citiZens.

  • Mark says:

    Just catching up with the edit… unless I’m missing something with the 35% bonus on avios transfers (until tomorrow), this actually looks like a relatively cheap way to buy avios.

    By my calculation it works out at just under 0.76p per avios once the bonus is factored in.

    • Shoestring says:

      they’re ringfenced ie can’t transfer to Avios

      until (apparently) you use some in a booking/ get a booking refunded etc see thread

      • Mark says:

        But are they?

        That may be true for the Amazon cards, but going into the buy points screen on melia.com it says “Do you need more points for a hotel booking, flight or product from MeliáRewards Shopping?”

        As Rob says it actually says nothing about any promotion there. I’m tempted to buy 2000 and see what happens….

        • Mark says:

          ..I see meta tried that on Friday and they were ring-fenced, contrary to what the text suggests. Ah well, I’ve transferred over the small number of points I had left over from the gift card I bought last year.

          Interestingly it doesn’t actually enforce the multiple of 100 points rule.

  • George says:

    WOW what a deal. Just bought the exact number of points I needed (71,271) for three nights in New York weekend of June 19th for £75 per night. Booked and confirmed.

    • Rob says:

      Was just looking at ME London for when my brother will be down for Wimbledon in July. £485 cash or £135 if I buy the points ….

  • Dylan says:

    So for some reason you now need to call Melia to have these points added if ordered from Amazon. The people in the call centre didn’t know how to do this and first person transferred me to someone else who then had to ask the supervisor.

    Apparently it’s a specific department that looks after it and due to an error on the website they’ll call me back. Let’s hope it works as I ordered these before the edit to say it’s quicker to order directly from Melia!

    • Eugene says:

      Did you get to resolve this? I am on to them now as my attempt to load them onto the website keeps getting an error message, probably like you!

      Thanks

      Eugene

  • Michael C says:

    This deal is pretty incredible. Looking at getting a Manhattan hotel for a third of the expected price.