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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.

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:

ME London at a large discount

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 (EDIT: still available at 7am).  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.

(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 (126)

  • Christian says:

    Thanks for this tip. I picked up some cheap points and then booked a Black Friday hotel deal. I reckon I’ve saved about £450 easily. Makes me think that I should book another hotel ! It’s money for old rope.

  • 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 and the instructions say go to the Melia website. Has anyone else had a problem?

  • Phil says:

    I jumped on this too: booked a Vibe room at ME London in June for just shy of 125,000 points when the cash rate is GBP900. (Only had to buy 123,000 points because I was given 2,000 just for signing up.)

    We usually stay at the Hilton over the road when we want to be near Covent Garden – but this offer was hard to refuse. Hope the hotel isn’t as woeful as some upthread seem to think it is. 😧 Probably too trendy and W-like for us, but at least it’s modern – and waiting for lifts is standard at the Waldorf most days.

  • David says:

    Rob,

    Thanks for this. Not really interested in Meliá, but it gave me the “Heads Up” that rooms are expensive during Wimbledon. I’ve just booked 2 nights in the Intercontinental Park Lane for our visit to Wimbledon for a return of 1.12 p per point, double the return I usually expect to achieve.

    • Yuff says:

      Make sure you are ambassador as they upgraded us to a suite during Wimbledon last year, it was a great suite!
      70k points and IHG voucher, for £4.5k of value.

  • Phil says:

    Against the received wisdom, I was tempted to buy some points speculatively – I mean the value is just amazing. Thought we might use them in Portugal next year. But the Meliá properties there are not very appealing at first glance…

  • Paul Hockaday says:

    Rob
    I purchased two of the 55,000 cards. We plan to use them to buy time at the Gran Melia Don Pepe in Marbella. Although we have an apartment close by the hotel represents a chance to be waited upon hand and foot in luxurious surroundings. The offer was one not to be missed

  • Ronaldo says:

    Looking for bargain hotels in Hong Kong in May, but Meiia doesn’t have any properties there.

    • Phil says:

      If the current disturbances continue, they will all be available at bargain prices!

      I’d recommend the Park Lane Pullman. Nice rooms, good views and amazing roof top bar / restaurant.

    • The_real_a says:

      I have never seen so much Hong Kong inventory. There are quite a few decent mid market hotels outside of chains in the booking engines at very decent prices.

  • Phil says:

    I got 3 nights B&B for the equivalent of £300 of points at The Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques in Madrid for September. Cash price, £1,150 with free cancellation.