UPDATED: The best Black Friday deal? Very cheap 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.  If the link above does not work, try this.

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.

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Comments

  1. I bought 110k points last year on BF. Booked the New York hotel but then had to cancel my trip several months later. I was able to transfer all the points into Avios.

    • Even so, not a good deal this year as it is about 1.1ppa. That said, if readers found themselves in same position as you and unable to realise the better value from a hotel redemption then at least their avios rate is no worse than buying from BA with a 50% bonus . Thus folks can buy with some fallback assurance provided Melia don’t change the rules.

    • Shoestring says:

      if it’s still 10:3, that’d be 55,000 Melia for EUR198 = 16,500 Avios for GBP169 = 1.02p/ point

      • Calculated it on the 80k package but I am not sure if my exchange rate is reliable. Any idea if giftcard balances from UK accounts carry over to the Spain page to use for payment? If so, that changes things by at least 10%.

      • They are ringfenced points. Melia has form – once they did a promo and forgot to ringfence them, and then pulled the miles back after they had gone to the airlines!

        Not sure if booking and cancelling a room releases the fence.

        • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

          Back in the good old days they used to randomly credit 5/10k unrestricted points every now and then to encourage you to make a redemption.

  2. I was hoping this would be back. Bought 2x55k. You do have to be a bit canny when looking at redemption value as it does jump around a bit, and there isn’t always a refundable redemption option

  3. You can also now buy points directly from Melia for the same price. Actually 80k points is 20 euros cheaper.

    • Good spot; can those be transferred or are they ring fenced?

      • Not sure, but booking then canceling might work.

        • I bought directly from Melia and it’s instant. However, the points are ringfenced. Will try booking then cancelling later.

          • Yeah I bought off the app recently, very easy, instant and good value to cash prices. Although I made the awful mistake of booking Melia White House in London. Seems to be recommended lots on here, but unless you’re staying in the level area of the hotel, I wouldn’t recommend the main part and their bedrooms on my worst enemy!

          • @Sal, there is also the Me I think it’s called and Rob reviewed that on here some time ago. Higher end IIRC so probably worth checking out points required for that. I’m going to have a look but with multiple amex offers on Hilton and Diamond status, I am not sure I can make this offer work for me.

          • @Sal Do you know if the price is always the same? I’m thinking this could be a cheapish source of Avios.

          • @meta i bought just over 30000 points in October, was topping up my account. I paid just over 150euros. If i quote for the same amount i bought now its pricing at 109.90euro. So i guess it must be promo’d at the moment!?

        • Doesn’t work always.

    • Thank you so much for that.
      Saves the hassle of waiting in the post (melia.com says points post within 24 hours, but mine appeared instantly so I have already made hotel booking)
      And one can buy just the exact number of points one needs.

  4. Great deal, thanks a lot. Booked 3 nights in their Rome hotel next year for less than 400EUR. As it’s during Euro 2020, even average hotels on the outskirts of the city cost more than that. Thanks for flagging it.

  5. does the 20% birthday discount work with points bookings or is it cash only? thanks

    • Works with points booking. Points price is somewhat based on the cash price. You can also do points+cash booking if you don’t have enough and sometimes it works out better.

      • Not true. Only once the 100% redemption rooms are sold out (very limited). Then the points value are a factor of cash rates.

        • But the question was whether it works with 20% off voucher and it does work just not on straight redemptions.

          • thanks for the responses both…

            next question…anyone have any experience of booking for two adults and then contacting the hotel later to add a rollaway bed for a child? child is 9

          • sloth, just do it. Appear on the day with the child. They won’t turn you away. You may have to pay some fee, but that’s fine.

  6. Just checked the Meliá App. You can Buy Points through that. 80,000 points is currently priced at €288.00. A €24 saving if you include postage.

  7. KBuffett says:

    Does anyone know how long the points are valid for? That are their premier properties in Europe/ROW?

    • Their great properties are Gran Meliá. Plenty in Spain. But ME Meliá are great as well, W alike.

    • “The purchase of MeliáRewards points is not eligible for direct access to the Silver, Gold or Platinum levels
      The price includes all applicable fees. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents
      Purchased points are not refundable
      Points purchased with this option will be deposited in the account of the MeliáRewards that makes the purchase within 24 hours
      The minimum purchase is €5. The maximum purchase per transaction is 150,000 MeliáRewards points
      Points purchased by members expire if the account is inactive for 12 months from the date points were last earned or redeemed.
      Points can be used for purchases using only points or points plus euros.”

      “earned or redeemed” – does buying points count?

      Today EUR5 gets one 1389 points.
      I deduce that outside this sale period the minimum to keep points alive would still be EUR5, but one would get fewer points (1000?) for spending it.
      *IF* that keeps them alive, that would be good, but does anyone know whether buying counts as “earned”?

  8. Melia website is a pain on mobile (Android/Chrome), is there a way to see hotel point rates without registering?

    • You need to be logged in to see point values

    • I struggled with the Melia website using Chrome.
      Then I tried Firefox (a comment on here some time ago recommended that for Iberia) and it worked much better.
      Perhaps Firefox is the default for web developers in Spain?

  9. Anyone know if they have any family friendly resort type hotels? Thinking Domes like (though I doubt anything as good).

  10. NigelthePensioner says:

    Funny chain, Melia. When you check in to the Level they offer you a glass of prosecco!! Same at the M. Have they not heard of their own faux champagne called cava? Far far superior to prosecco imho 🥂🍾

  11. Diydegsy says:

    All done thanks Rob. The Melia White House is being refurbished at the minute, staying there in 2 weeks, great rates to be had for a London hotel and never had a problem so this sale works great for me. We also stay at The Innside Manchester, again it can be a bargain sometimes at the weekend and the staff are always friendly.

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