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Which of the 19 current American Express hotel cashback deals is the best?

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If you have an American Express card, you have probably noticed a large number of hotel cashback deals appearing on your online or app offers page recently.

You can see what you have by visiting the Amex website here and clicking the ‘Offers’ tab for EVERY card you hold.

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK

We have written about them as they launched, but they dribbled out one at a time. I thought it would be good to list them all together and link them to the current brand promotions. It will help you decide how to maximise your returns over the next few months.

In general:

  • irrespective of what the Amex website says, these offers seem to work on cumulative spend
  • irrespective of what the Amex website says, these offers seem to work on pre-paid bookings as these are processed by the hotels

….. although we take no responsibility if you divert from the published rules.

You will NOT have all of the deals listed below unless you have a large number of American Express cards. I had to go through four different family cards to compile the list and I still can’t be certain that I have them all.

For clarity, there is no ‘best answer’ so don’t expect me to offer you one. These deals cover a wide variety of locations and price points and the bonus point offers have closing dates which don’t match. Your existing hotel status levels will also play a part as will any plans to chase a new status. There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer.

For example, I need 8 Marriott nights by New Year to trigger 5 suite upgrades for 2021. This draws me to the Marriott deal for a mattress run especially as I can get 2,500 bonus points on stays by 18th October. Central London has no cheap (under £90) hotels however. We also don’t know what happens after 18th October. It’s complex ….

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK
The new Hampton by Hilton London Ealing

Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria etc)

Receive £50 cashback when you spend £200

Last day for payments: 31st December

List of participating hotels: Click here

Current bonus offer: Hilton Honors is offering double points AND double elite night credits on all stays from 8th September to 31st December. Register here.

Would also combine with: The 3-4-2 offer currently available at Conrad and Waldorf Astoria hotels in Europe if you book via a luxury travel agent

Website home page: hilton.com

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK
The new Hyatt Regency in Malta

Hyatt (Alila, Andaz, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency etc)

Receive £100 cashback when you spend £300

Last day for payments: 31st December

List of participating hotels: Click here

Current bonus offer: World of Hyatt is offering triple base points on all stays from 1st October to 4th January 2021. Elite night credits earned in this period will also be carried over into 2021. Register here.

Would also combine with: The 3-4-2 offer currently running on the mid-scale and upper-scale Hyatt brands – see this HfP article for full details.

Website home page: hyatt.com

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK
The new Hotel Indigo in Bath

IHG #1 (Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, voco ONLY)

Receive £60 cashback when you spend £250

Last day for payments: 31st December

List of participating hotels: Click here

Current bonus offer: IHG Rewards Club is offering double points on all cash stays from 1st October to 15th December. Register here USING PROMO CODE 44480

Would also combine with: The special offers available via the IHG Lifestyle Collection for their mid scale brands.

Website home page: ihg.com

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK
Kimpton Fitzroy, London

IHG #2 (InterContinental, Regent, Kimpton ONLY)

Receive £100 when you spend £400

Last day for payments: 31st December

List of participating hotels: Click here

Current bonus offer: IHG Rewards Club is offering double points on all cash stays from 1st October to 15th December. Register here USING PROMO CODE 44480.

Would also combine with: The special offers available via the IHG Luxury Collection for their upper scale brands.

Website home page: ihg.com

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK

Leading Hotels of the World

Receive £100 cashback when you spend £350

Last day for payments: 31st December

List of participating hotels: Click here

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK
Marriott Berlin

Marriott (W, Westin, Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Aloft, Renissance, Residence Inn etc)

Receive £50 cashback when you spend £200

Last day for payments: 31st December

List of participating hotels: Click here

Current bonus offer: Marriott Bonvoy is, until 18th October, offering 2,500 bonus points on every cash stay.  You will receive an additional 5,000 points on your third stay. Register here.

Website home page: marriott.com

American Express hotel cashback deals in the UK
Soho Hotel, London (Firmdale Hotels)

Also worth considering …..

The following offers are also available with smaller hotel groups:

The Cromlix Hotel – £20 cashback on £200 spend – expires 31st March 2021

Apex Hotels – 10% cashback – expires 1st December

NH Hotels – £50 cashback on £180 spend – expires 31st December

Dorsett London Hotels – £50 cashback on £250 spend – expires 31st December

Cheval Collection – £100 cashback on £500 spend – expires 2nd February

Firmdale Hotels – get 25% back – expires 31st December

The Set Hotels – £100 cashback on £400 spend – expires 31st December

The Connaught & The Berkeley – £100 cashback on £300 spend – expires 27th November

The May Fair Hotel – £80 cashback on £400 spend – expires 31st January

Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street – £60 cashback on £300 spend – expires 31st January

The Edwardian Manchester – £40 cashback on £200 spend – expires 31st January

Hand Picked Hotels – £50 cashback on £400 spend – expires 30th November

Small Luxury Hotels – £100 cashback on £350 spend – expires 31st December

Comments below suggest that there is also a Melia offer worth £75 on £300 of spend.


Hotel offers update – June 2022:

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Want to buy hotel points? There is:

  • a 80% to 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points by 19th July 2022 (buy here)
  • a mystery 40% to 55% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points by 15th July (buy here)
  • a 30% bonus when you buy 5,000+ World of Hyatt points by 1st August (buy here)

Comments (93)

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  • Louie says:

    I know I am being lazy here, but do any of these offers cover any hotels in Australia? All the ones I have looked at seem to be EMEA focused.

    My Aussie card has Hilton and IHG hotels offers only (for hotels in Australia) but none of those work for me.

  • Bosco says:

    25% off firmdale is surely the best deal.

  • aviosnewbie says:

    The title of the article says ‘which is the best deal’ – so Rob, did you mean to include your thoughts on what is the best deal? Sorry if I missed it, but don’t seem to find any suggestions. It’s ok if the article was merely meant as a summary, but a bit confused by the title

    • Rob says:

      You are meant to work out your answer, to be honest. I will clarify ….

  • MD says:

    The article title is “which is best?” But you don’t answer your own question. Anyone can compile a list – where’s the expert analysis and opinion?

    • Olly says:

      I thought the same. Though it could be read as a question Rob is asking us to answer. On a % basis the best offers are the Hyatt or Connaught/Berkeley, because they offer a 33% return assuming you spend the precise amount and no more

      • Jonathan says:

        Surely it depends what you’re after? 2 nights in a regional 4* such as a Hilton where the potential 25% discount stacked with points promo could end up very cheap on a net per night basis.

        Maximum cash saving potential would be a Firmdale in London but would you pay £250/night after discount for a boutique hotel in a city where you wouldn’t/shouldn’t spend much time in the hotel anyway?

      • Rob says:

        Rhetorical question. There is no answer! Totally depends on what you are doing.

        • Ben says:

          Hi Rob, do you know if the offers for the Connaught / Berkeley would work on non room spend alone?

          • Rob says:

            Usually not as spa and restaurant have different merchant IDs so standalone transactions are likely to fail.

      • memesweeper says:

        Good luck getting away with spending only £ 300 at Connaught/Berkley though!

        • Rob says:

          Yes, you won’t get far there, unless two of you have the offer and you split payment.

  • Nkp says:

    I’m also have Melia £75 back when you spend £300

    • Erico1875 says:

      If you can use that to buy Melia Points then that would be a massive deal.
      With their current 40% bonus works out at O.033p per point (£3.30 per thousand).
      Using points you can book e.g 5 * Melia Gran Don Pepe in Marbella for roughly 30% of their best cash rates for July 21

      • Rob says:

        Points purchases go via points.com so it won’t work.

        • marcw says:

          Melia did work with points.com in the past. Now they work with a different company (a Spanish one I believe).

          • Erico1875 says:

            It is showing on my Amex statement as ” MELIA REWARDS PALMA DE MALLOR”

  • Andrew says:

    Is it me or is this second wave more depressing than the first? At least the first there was news about FTV, status extensions, which airlines were going bankrupt, and the hope that it would all be over by Christmas. Now all there is are hotel offers on Amex which we aren’t going to use. Yawn.

    • Erico1875 says:

      Yes. We are all tired of it now.

    • Nick_C says:

      The second wave is extremely distressing because it could have been avoided. It has been caused by complacency and reckless behaviour. The stupidity of people generally has been shocking.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        The second wave is about 10-15% of the cases at the peak of the first wave.

        Lots of people are making lots of changes to keep it that low.

        • ChrisC says:

          That might be the case at the moment but it will soon change.

          All those pubs etc etc chucking out at 10PM and maskless groups congregating on the streets will soon have an impact on the figures.

      • Lady London says:

        I kind of agree @Nick_C but which aspects of reckless behaviour do you mean?

        • Rob says:

          Not closing every shop, every office and forcing people to stay in their houses 23 hours per day for 2-3 years.

          • Lady London says:

            Haha good point Rob.

          • Nick_C says:

            Well, encouraging people to break the law with regard to quantine would be one example.

          • OHR says:

            Exactly. Everyone is going to have to learn to live with this and get on with life. There seems
            to be a generational divide opening up on this – cornoaphobic boomers are not helping anyone (noting Rob seems to take a more pragmatic view).

  • MT says:

    The Connaught / Berkeley Offer is good if you have it on a few cards and can pair it with a 3 night stay. You get the £85 FHR credit and at the moment they are offering an extra $250 to spend in the hotel, which goes a long way to a nice meal at one of the restuarants!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      3 nights for 2 aswell?

      • Lady London says:

        For The Berkeley and Connaught, if you have ambitions to stay there, adding all these up I dont think we are ever going to see such a lucrative offer again.

  • Andrew says:

    Is Cromlix House listed individually or is it part of another offer? It’s a family favourite for lunch so I’m probably excluded…

    Worth pointing out that LBG have 15% offers on Hilton & Marriott, 10% on Apex (Santander have similar) so it might be worth splitting the bill across cards at check out.

    • Crafty says:

      Individually.

    • RussellH says:

      I often see references to LBG (Lloyds Bank Group?) offers here, but never any mention of the cards where the offers apply.

      Are they on debit cards on Lloyds / Halifax / Bank of Scotland current a/cs, or on credit cards? I have Halifax and MBNA 0% FX credit cards, but normally only use them outwith the UK / Eurozone / CH, which means not very often.

      • Andrew says:

        The offers are accessed and selected when logging into the main Halifax, BoS or Lloyds banking website or app.

        I have Halifax and BoS accounts (both sites accessed via same log-in details), but not credit cards. I don’t have any offers on my MBNA credit card which is via a different log-in.

        • RussellH says:

          Thanks.

          So, the offers (15% offers on Hilton & Marriott, 10% on Apex) are only relevant if you have an LBG current a/c?

    • Lady London says:

      This would be a good idea if other cards also have travel benefits. Otherwise more generally in the UK, moneysavingexpert covers a lot of it generically.

      Personally given the non-executionability of key promised American Express Platinum card benefits even before Covid – specifically really poor provision and handling of travel insurance claims by Axa and the lost ability of Priority Pass to provide entry to major UK airport lounges when needed – a hedge against possible non-development of Amex’s strategy for travellers in the UK could be a good idea.

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