Another batch of hotel cashback offers have hit American Express cards. This means that virtually all of the major chains are currently offering cashback via American Express, although you may not be targetted for all of these deals.
You can see our previous article on Marriott and Hyatt cashback here – these offers are still running.
Marriott is offering £50 back on £200 of spend at participating hotels by 31st December. This combines nicely with the latest Marriott Bonvoy promotion worth 2,500 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points per stay. There is also a one-off bonus of 5,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points on your third stay. The offer runs to 18th October. You MUST register via this link before your stay.
Hyatt is offering £100 back on £300 of spend at participating hotels by 31st December.
What have Hilton and IHG launched to compete?
With all of these deals, you need to look under the ‘Offers’ section on your American Express statement page onine to see if you are targetted. If you are, you need to click ‘Save to Card’ to register.
Hilton: spend £200+, get £50 cashback
Let’s start with the Hilton offer, which nets you £50 statement credit when you spend more than £200 at participating Hilton hotels.
In general, Amex / Hilton deals are cumulative so you don’t have to spend £200 in one transaction.
The offer appears to be limited to European properties in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
You must book and pay by the offer end date, which is 31st December 2020. Bookings can be made on the Hilton website here.
This deal with double up with the current Hilton Honors promotion.
Called ‘Double Rewards’, it is offering double points AND double elite night credits on all stays from 8th September to 31st December. You can register here.
Remember that Hilton is also running a status match promotion at present. Full details of the Hilton Honors status match are here.
IHG: Get £100 back with Regent, InterContinental and Kimpton or £60 with Crowne Plaza, Indigo and voco hotels
IHG is running two separate offers. You may find you are targetted for one, both or none. Such is life …..
You can get £100 statement credit when spending £400+ at participating Regent, InterContinental or Kimpton hotels. You can see the list of 21 participating hotels here.
The offer is NOT valid on online payments, and will only trigger when you pay on checkout. In reality this is probably not true – since online prepayments are processed directly by the hotels – but we are just pointing out what the rules say.
You have to book and stay before 31st December 2020.
The second offer is for Crowne Plaza, Indigo and voco hotels. You will get £60 cashback when you spend £250+. The list of participating hotels is here.
Like the Regent and InterContinental offer, it is NOT (in theory) valid for online payments and will only trigger on checkout. The offer is valid until 31st December 2020.
These offers will work alongside IHG’s new ‘double base points’ promotion.
Announced last week, it runs from 1st October to 15th December. You must click here to register.
Leading Hotels of the World: spend £350, get £100 back
This offer is, again, valid until 31st December 2020.
You can see the list of participating locations here. It is limited to select European destinations.
The offer is valid on “checkout spend only” so you will have to stay by the end of the year.
The rules say that you must book via the Leading Hotels of the World website. However, realistically, I don’t know how this can be policed. American Express will pay the cashback when they see any spend from any participating hotel on your statement.
Remember that foreign transaction fees still apply
If you live outside the UK, Amex will charge you a 2.99% foreign transaction fee.
If you have a 0% FX fee credit or debit card, whilst the cashback is likely to outweigh the fee, your saving will be slightly lower than the headline amount. You can always split the checkout bill into two transactions – one which is just enough to trigger the cashback and the remaining balance paid with your 0% FX card.