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How I got a great hotel deal from Melia’s Black Friday ‘buy points’ offer

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On Friday, I covered a very generous ‘buy points’ offer from Melia Hotels.  Initially I thought that the offer was only available to people who bought points gift cards from Amazon Spain (link here), but it turned out that Melia had reduced its ‘buy points’ prices online to match.

Most people seem to have missed the value that this deal offered.  I didn’t see our article picked up by anyone else.  More fool them.

Here is an example to show you how good it was.

ME London at a large discount

Every July, my brother and his family come to London for Wimbledon.  I have always offered to sort out their hotel accommodation for them, since this is generally the most expensive week of the year for London hotels.

I decided to book them into ME London, Melia’s funky luxury lifestyle hotel on the Strand.

Here is the pricing for Saturday 4th July (click to enlarge):

ME London at a large discount

As you can, a reassuringly expensive £599 for Bed & Breakfast.  And he needs two rooms.

This price is not out of line.  InterCon Park Lane is £793, whilst Holiday Inn Camden Lock is £268.  Admittedly, there are better deals at some hotels.

This is what it costs for MeliaRewards points:

ME London at a large discount

We’re looking at 51,412 points for Bed & Breakfast.  Whilst an odd number, this is the standard price for B&B at ME London.  I saw the same points price on offer on dates when the cash price was far, far lower than £599.

And what does it cost to buy 102,824 points?  (51,412 x 2 rooms)

ME London at a large discount

The answer is €370.17, or £320.

The points post instantly and I immediately made my points booking.

I picked up two rooms at ME London, retailing for £599 each, for £160 each.  You can’t argue with that.  For comparison, the best IHG alternative for that price, including breakfast, was the Holiday Inn Express Earl’s Court, which is not exactly comparable with a luxury five star hotel on the Strand.

Here is another example from a reader who emailed to say he booked INNSIDE New York (Anika reviewed INNSIDE New York here) for 3 nights in May.  Here is a cash price of £667.64, which includes taxes:

ME London at a large discount

…. and for points, the total needed is 71,222 MeliaRewards points:

ME London at a large discount

…. which costs you €256.40 (£221):

ME London at a large discount

Buying and immediately redeeming points at INNSIDE New York means you pay £221 for three nights instead of £667.64.  Importantly, the redemption is also fully refundable whilst the cash rate I quoted is non-refundable.

I don’t know if this offer will still be running on Tuesday or if it was only for Cyber Weekend.  The Amazon Spain page is here for buying postal gift cards – the offer price was from €126 per 35,000.  If it shows from €210 per 35,000 then the price has gone back up.  Similarly, you can try buying points on the Melia website – these post instantly – to see if you get the same rates I quote above.

Have a read at Friday’s article first before you go down the Amazon Spain route.

You may well have missed out now, but if so this is still one to consider for Black Friday 2020 or whenever Melia next runs a major ‘buy points’ promotion.


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Comments (126)

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  • pauldb says:

    The Amazon Spain page appears to be on a 41hr countdown: i.e, valid until 1am Thursday GMT.

  • Jimbob says:

    Wouldn’t pay even £160 to stay at ME London. Not a true 5 star hotel IMO.

    • NigelthePensioner says:

      The nicest bit of ME is the rooftop bar – rather spend the day there than at wimbledonh tbh! Followed by a steak in the disco steak bar (STK) where the meat is surprisingly good!

      • JB says:

        Have they sorted the lifts out yet? I went the year it opened and there were always long waits for the lifts. To go to the roof top bar, there was no direct lift, you had to take a lift to the ground floor and wait for the single lift that goes to the top floor. I timed it once and it took 12 minutes to get from my room to the bar, which was just 2 floors up. It would have been quicker to walk to the American Bar in the Savoy down the Strand! Also not helped by the fact that they block off the stairs.

  • r* says:

    The innside new york will charge you 40 dollars per night ‘facilities fee’ on top of the points, for which youll get exactly nothing extra.

    • Rob says:

      On cash rates too though. Unfortunately virtually all NY hotels do this now.

  • Tony says:

    160 pounds for a 20 squared meter room…*Facepalm

    • Will says:

      I think the point is that it’s London, during Wimbledon.

      You could get a 400sqm room in Dubai for the same price, in the middle of summer when it’s 50 degrees.

      In Cheltenham where I live a night in the holiday inn is £400 when it’s Good Cup and it’s always at capacity whereas on any other week it’s £75.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      And you pay less than that for a bigger room in central London at any time let alone Wimbledon.

      • Rob says:

        He’s not bothered about room size (and he may be upgraded anyway due to my Melia Gold status). Funky rooftop bar, good location and decent food will keep him happy.

        • Diydegsy says:

          Hi Rob I didn’t think gold status gave you an upgrade, are you sure?

          • Rob says:

            Not guaranteed, no, but on a peak weekend they are likely to be shuffling people around.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Mine was actually a question missed the ?

          Fact is you won’t find a bigger room in a 4/5* hotel in central London for anywhere near £160 at anytime.

        • Evan says:

          I’m sorry to say this Rob but I think the hotel is ghastly. And the bar is just dreadful.

          • Rob says:

            Bar has been rejigged recently to keep out rabble, I was told when I was with Melia the other week. Mainly table service only now.

  • Alex W says:

    Interesting that you can book a room including breakfast for points. This is beneficial if you don’t have status in other chains. Always a bonus compared to IHG which almost never gives breakfast (unless all the planets align, you’re Spire, staying at a Crowne Plaza, it has a lounge, and you’re comped access).

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      You can book half board or all inclusive on Melia points too.

  • Czechoslovakia says:

    I booked 5 nights on points at the Meliá New York during the weekend, worked out around £425. Cash price was £1400. Thanks Rob!

  • Lawrence H says:

    I followed the advice in Rob’s article of last week and bought 80000 Melia Reward Points from Amazon.es, and received the gift card yesterday. I’ve had a problem however transferring the points to my Melia rewards account. Whereas Rob immediately received confirmation I keep getting error messages. I phoned Melia last night but was told to contact Amazon. err! It’s a Melia Gift card. Has anyone else had a problem?

    • Rob says:

      Someone said yesterday that the call centre did it for them as the website functionality was down.

  • Swissy says:

    The Black Friday offer for buying points is still active

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