Where have all the hotel promotions gone?! And the best of what there is ….

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Regular readers will know that, once a month, we run an extended article which rounds up all of the current hotel promotions.

We didn’t do one in early January because a few offers finished early in the month and we were waiting to see what replaced them.  The answer, so far, is ….. nothing.

The only programmes currently offering a global bonus points promotion for new bookings are Hilton Honors and Radisson Rewards:

Marriott Bonvoy has not announced anything new since ‘Unlock More’ ended on 14th January

World of Hyatt has not announced anything new since ‘Bonus Journeys’ ended on 31st December

Accor Live Limitless (the rebranded Le Club AccorHotels) has not run a global promotion for a while

IHG Rewards Club has not announced a new ‘Accelerate’ promotion since the previous one ended on 31st December, although the additional ‘4x’ offer it launched is still running until 31st January.  In any event, this is only valid for bookings made by 15th January.

It even seems that IHG has killed off its regular PointBreaks promotion for 2020 – more on that on HFP tomorrow.

If you’re looking for somewhere to credit a stay over the next couple of weeks, this is what to choose from:

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors – Points Unlimited

Until 3rd May, Hilton Honors is offering 2,000 bonus points per stay.   On top, you will receive an extra 10,000 points for every 10th night.

Based on my valuation of 0.33p per Hilton Honors point, you are looking at an extra rebate – on top of your base points and any status bonus – of £6.66 per stay.  This is a decent deal for anyone doing one-night stays at cheaper brands, but doesn’t move the needle if you’re spending four nights in a Waldorf Astoria.

Our full article on Points Unlimited is here.

You MUST register before your stay by clicking here.

There is no small print – existing bookings DO count and all Hilton Honors hotels are taking part.

Radisson Rewards Spring promotion

Radisson Rewards – 150,000 Bonus Points

I’ve got to be honest.  If you asked me who would come out with what may be the most generous hotel promotion of 2020, my money would not have been on Radisson Rewards.  But it could well be ……

Radisson Rewards covers Radisson Blu, Radisson RED, Radisson Collection, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotels.  If you can push a LOT of business their way over the next 8 weeks it could work out very nicely indeed.  Very, very nicely, if I’m honest.  You could be earning £33 of bonus points PER STAY on top of your standard points.

It is a simple one, based on the number of STAYS (not nights) you do between now and 31st March:

    • Complete 2 stays, earn 5,000 bonus points
    • Complete 3 stays, earn 15,000 bonus points
    • Complete 5 stays, earn 30,000 bonus points
    • Complete 10 stays, earn 50,000 bonus points
    • Complete 15 stays, earn 150,000 bonus points

The bonus posts cumulatively.  You receive 5,000 points after your second stay, an additional 10,000 (total 15,000) after your 3rd stay, an additional 15,000 (total 30,000) after your fifth stay etc.

I value a Radisson Rewards point at around 0.33p.  This means, if you complete 15 stays and earn 150,000 bonus points, you will have averaged a bonus of £33 per stay.

This is ludicrously generous if you are doing cheap one-night stays.  If you have to do a couple of nights per week in dingy Park Inn hotels around the UK, you’d probably be getting 50% of your spend back if you hit 15 stays.  These are only your bonus points, of course.  I’m not even factoring in your base points or any status bonus you may have.  Radisson Rewards has a very generous earning rate of 20 base points per $1.

Even better, existing bookings WILL count.  Interestingly, even points and ‘points and cash’ stays will count.

If you don’t hit 15 nights then the bonus is less generous.  However, even if you only manage two stays to earn 5,000 bonus points (worth around £8.25 per stay), it is still a better return that the Hilton promotion which gets you £6.66 of bonus points per stay.

You MUST register in order to take part, which can be done at this page of the Radisson Rewards website.

Our full article on Radisson’s 150,000 bonus points offer is here.

Conclusion

There isn’t much about at the moment.  If neither of the above offers appeal, you might want to look at Hotels.com Rewards (effectively a 10% return on your spending).  Be aware, however, that bookings through Hotels.com do NOT earn you hotel points and you will not receive any status benefits you may be entitled to.

As soon as we get news of a new hotel promotion from IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Bonvoy, Accor Live Limitless or World of Hyatt, we’ll let you know …..

If you’d rather not spend cash on your next stay, this article looks at how to use Avios points to book hotel rooms.

(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.)

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Comments

  1. joe bloggs says:

    any evidence that the hilton promo is posting the points along with each stay, or is it as per the T&C 6-8 weeks after the end of the prom

    • joe bloggs says:

      ….errr I meant 6-8 weeks after each stay. I had a stay on the 10th Jan, no points for this promo as yet.

      “Please allow 6-8 weeks from the completion of your stay for the Bonus Points to appear in your Hilton Honors account.

    • Brighton Belle says:

      My bonus points are rolling in when the points from a stay execute to my account. So far it’s 2 days after a stay.

  2. Spend £250 get £50 back appeared on a Platinum & BA AMEX cards today (and all supp cards) in our household. Valid until 30 April (there be the Spring sale by then)

  3. TGLoyalty says:

    anyone have some tips on a hotel/hostel somewhere than would extend my Hotels.com credit?

    • For the sake of a fiver I’d book a random hostel in Bangladesh and see what happens!

    • Peter K says:

      I used a cheap hostel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (£4?) Feb last year which worked for me.

    • Markpeterborough says:

      I have three ‘stays’ over the years at the Vibol Happy House in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Each time it credited with no issue, my last stay cost £2.41

      • rams1981 says:

        +1

        • Another benefit of doing this, I’ve found, is to bring down the value of your free night. If we book an expensive independent hotel via Hotels.com then the free night can end up being annoyingly high value, making it trickier to use as you don’t get any change. A $2 night would bring down the average value.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Thanks I was actually looking in that part of the world and booked somewhere for £3.50. Let’s see if that does the trick 🙂

        Also good idea re bringing average night value down though I have to say I can’t remember the last time booking via hotels.com actually worked out a better deal as with FHR, Emyr or the big brands have most covered with a better overall package/return.

  4. Ricatti says:

    Good observation that given low occupancy Winter, there is no promotion campaigns.

    Perhaps, IHG/Marriott/Hilton hoped to ride 2020 without much promotion spending, and already counted in the profits of a busy year, with economic growth everywhere globally and US elections events. Coronavirus development likely to change that: unfortunate, bad development but Asian resorts must be emptier.

    I also see more and more ads on Facebook, nearly every hotel and destination I have checked with Marriott — they clearly spending marketing money there. The logic seems: why giving loyal customers generous points promotion, when our sexy Facebook ads and Instagram collaborations will bring us up and coming, trendy millennial customers…

  5. I need a hotel for 6 adults in Dubai, for 6 nights around NYE time, any suggestions please, or can the HFP hotel guy hook me up?

    • You’re going to need to be more specific than that, especially as many decent places will be approaching £1k per night at New Year.

      • Thanks Rob, I’m trying to keep to a reasonable budget and don’t really have any specific requirements other than close to one of the metro stations as we’ll be spending 3 of the days at Expo 2020. 4 of the travellers are 65+ so that’s free Expo entry and metro travel, and no need for any of the fancy modern chic hotels. I checked my Hyatt app earlier and found the Grand Hyatt coming in at a reasonable 1,005/night/room from 30th Dec.
        Never been to Dubai before so any tips much appreciated thanks.

  6. Does anyone else have the issue that they receive Hilton money off emails from Amex but they are not in the list of offers to save?

    • I use the Android App and find that it caches the offers. Make sure you close it completely and reopen. On the very odd occasion you’ll find an offer appears on the App and not on the Website and vice Versa.

      But yes, there are offers that appear in promotional emails, but don’t actually make it to the list.

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