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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)

  • Ian says:

    We stayed in a Melia hotel (in Valencia) for the first time this year and were not impressed. It was meant to be a good standard hotel but the service and attitude of the staff left a great deal to be desired. We’re unlikely to stay in a Melia hotel again, even if it could be paid for with cheap (or even free) points.

    • Shoestring says:

      do people really attribute generalised assessments of service & attitude to hotel chains on the basis of a stay in 1 establishment? I certainly wouldn’t

      sure, with a hotel chain/ brand, you expect similar provision of aspects such as room & furnishings, lounge, restaurant etc – up to & exceeding the expected standard

      but service & attitude are down to the ethos that the management team specific to that hotel instil in their team, surely?

      same as (on a smaller scale) mine host in a pub influences everything about service & attitude in that pub, regardless of whether it’s a free house or a chain pub

    • sloth says:

      haha so pleased i used this offer to book this particular hotel then for next year…:)

      anyone else used this one in Valencia?

      • sloth says:

        although to be fair we stayed in a melia in madrid last year where the staff were pretty rude (isnt that the spanish way??) on the front desk…i dont really care as long as the room and breakfast is nice, which they were, i dont really spend much more time in the hotel when im away

  • Shoestring says:

    so I’m looking at the 4* TRYP MÁLAGA ALAMEDA HOTEL – no idea if it’s that brilliant but 4* & in a decent location in Malaga (wife & daughter going there Feb half term)

    looks like I can get 33000 points for EUR118.80 (GBP101.43) – 3 nights

    vs 237.44

    I’ve not got it wrong, right? it is: a) cheaper to buy rooms on points, generally & b) half price points for the next 40 hrs or so?

    • Shoestring says:

      *£237

      admittedly that’s a bare Queen bed with no breakfast and points go up by quite a bit with the extra bed & B&B

      but given my wife’s recent wanderlust/ city breaks, I might get a few speculative Melia points, it seems they expire after 1 year with no account activity so something to watch out for there

      • marcw says:

        You got it right. I guess, there are many options to have a nice tortilla tapa, cafe con leche or cortado along a freshly squeezed orange juice in the 5-7EUR range in some bar around the hotel.

    • roberto says:

      Not the best part of town there Harry. Dont get me wrong its not alwful or dangerous but a little “off strip” between a couple of shopping areas and some government buildings about 15/20 mins from the old town. Ok if you dont mind a bit of a trek

      I tend to stick people into the AC by the port , February does tend to get the worst of the weather here and location is important if its raining ( which it did all last night in Malaga )….

      • Shoestring says:

        cheers Roberto but they already got a nice apartment right in the old town, ISTR there’s a 10% cancellation fee this early so not bothered about changing it, just comparing (hotel would be cheaper & my daughter still has a thing about big/ any size hotels!)

        they’re talking about hopping over to Greece in August, I’ve got Melia Athen 3 nights coming in at Junior Suite 60298 points (EUR217/ GBP185) vs cash rate £283

        or I guess they might hit Spain again, where rooms on Melia points seem best value

        • Shoestring says:

          sorry that wasn’t Junior Suite price but Supreme [The Supreme room, of 26 m2, with hydromassage Bathtub is available as Queen size or Twin bedded and totally soundproofed with large triple glazed windows. All rooms have marble baths with hydromassage bathtub and shower cabins.]

  • Lottie says:

    I used this offer last year and booked half board in Tenerife for a few days in February half term. Got great value compared to paying for the room, in fact any Tenerife room in half term, and the hotel was right on the beach which pleased my son no end. Teamed it with the £100 off £600 Amex travel offer. Need that offer to come back.

  • Ant says:

    Just checking – is the offer no longer available to buy the points direct from Melia website?

    • marcw says:

      Still on. 1000 points for 3.60 €

    • Olly says:

      The Melua “buy points” link now appears to be dead. The page will not load now but did 15 minutes ago but a locked account prevented me from proceeding. Doh.

      • Michael says:

        Try it on the Melia app. The website was also timing out for me but just bought 80,000 without issue on the app.

  • Shoestring says:

    any tricks to keeping Melia points alive?

    can I transfer in from Amex (lazy question!)

    is buying points for money enough to keep points going?

    • Shoestring says:

      anyway – gone for it! 150K points bought on my Halifax Clarity 🙂

    • marcw says:

      Buying points extended expiration date.

      • Shoestring says:

        cheers!

        this has to be one of the best points deals of the year if you can use them in Spanish Melia hotels, not so bad for other locations!

        • marcw says:

          Let’s be honest. It’s a very generous program… However their footprint outside Spain is not large. It’s very niche.

  • Duncan says:

    O/t
    I’m trying to move my free 100 Iberia+ points to BA using combine my avios (Iberia to Vueling) but keep getting ‘ERROR 500’.
    Does anyone have any advice on what I may be doing?
    Thanks

  • David H says:

    OT – but urgent for a transaction I want to do today – can anyone advise me whether your 2-4-1 certificate re-appears instantly on our BA account for re-use if you cancel online your current 2-4-1 booking ? If not then I had better call to change.

    • CV3V says:

      If it was a straight forward booking when you first made it i.e. you did it yourself online, then in my own experience it will refund within a (frantic) minute or so, both the points and voucher. Need to log out then back in.

      If it was an open jaw booking, which you need to do over the phone, then i have had mixed experiences – one time it refunded automatically, another time it took a week as it was done manually – however that was on a booking i had changed over the phone a few times.

      • CV3V says:

        I should add i have cancelled over the phone before and the BA operators have advised that its never guaranteed what will happen.

        • David H says:

          Big Thanks CV3V. Based on your advice I gambled and the Avios and certificate were back within a minute (the refund email promised within 24 hours). Now booked LHR-SEZ business return on the 2-4-1 out Oct 28 back Nov 12. For anyone else out there interested there is also (or was a few minutes ago) reward availability in business out Nov 4 back Nov 19. Seems to be a good time of year for the Seychelles from what I have read.

          • CV3V says:

            From the time stamp it looks like you hit the cancel button straight away! Glad it worked out (it usually does).

  • pommy ray says:

    has it ended?