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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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  • YC says:

    Majority of the T&Cs state spend at checkout (assumes you have to stay). For the minority of deals that don’t specify ‘at checkout’, does this mean the offers should work for just dinner or spa?

    • YC says:

      Thanks makes sense. Either need to test a small transaction (coffee) before blowing hundreds on an expensive dinner to test the waters! Or the power of shared knowledge from groups like these. Grand scheme of things £50/25% not massive savings but we all do like to feel like we are getting a good deal!

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        Or ask the hotel nicely. Most good places should be able to open a folio for you to charge to without having a room (for guests who arrive/leave before/after their room is available). Whether they are willing is another matter but I’d imagine that flexibility would be high in the current environment.

    • Harry T says:

      An example would be University Arms, Cambridge, where if Parker’s Tavern charges you it comes up as the name of the restaurant, rather than the hotel. Of course, this was quite helpful when I was staying at the hotel and Parker’s was on Shop Small…

    • Andrew says:

      This is something I found at the Kimpton Fitzroy when I’d use my IHG card in the coffee shop, it didn’t give the IHG spend points.

    • Travel Strong says:

      Hilton is pretty reliable on this – everything within their walls usually gets billed as the hilton, and counts towards the cumulative (coffee, bar, restaurant).

      • RussellH says:

        The DT Girona bills under the name of the management co. – at least on Visa. Something like URH Hotel management. I e-mailed Barclaycard after the payment posted, but before the points were calculated at billing to ensure that I got the extra points. It did work.

      • Lady London says:

        I will takea bet that this is because, like department stores like Harrods, the hotel is taking both a fixed in rent and a percentage of turnover from the restaurant, do the hotel wants it going through their billing system.

        At Harrods IIRC the percentage on throughput in “shop in shops” was around 30%.. This was in addition to chunky ground rent payable regardlessof turnover.

        I believe airports work the same way.

        So you can imagine that an in-hotel restaurant is not going to tell you you can bill it to your hotel room unless you’ve arranged it with Reception. As even if they’re not paying a % of turnover they would still rather not wait for your money as and when the hotel would net it off a rent charge.

    • Lady London says:

      In these cases you can check with hotel reception to have the in-hotel restaurant billed to your room bill.

      Sometimes this is possible even if the restaurant would normally not do this – you have to sort it out with Reception first though.

  • John Caribbean says:

    Not hotel, but Amex offer related.
    Does the Avery’s deal work across multiple transactions, or is it one time only.
    I fancy the tasting nights as a year to brighten up some winter lockdown nights

  • Chris Heyes says:

    Rob i don’t see the point ! i have most of what you’ve listed
    I’ve already read them on my cards most seem to end when no-one should be booking Hotels anyway.
    only one seems to be March so maybe that is the one your pointing HFP readers towards
    i for one wouldn’t think of booking a hotel at this time except for essential reasons no-matter how cheap.
    I laugh at how many on here are booking & canceling & booking & canceling lol
    Now if you was to actually state (this is the best offer or don’t book this offer it would be a more interesting read)

    • Travel Strong says:

      Some of us still work, chris

      • Chris Heyes says:

        Ha yes work the necessary evil forgot about that little detail
        22 years retirement dulls the brain lol i can come & go anytime i want and do lol
        73 later this year so last long haul flight next year
        Denver-Boulder Hotel Boulderardo 1 week-Phoenix-Sedona Best Western Arryo Robie 1 week Phoenix-Page Lake Powell Resort around 1week
        note Lake Powell Resort crap hotel but marvelous views from Lake View Suite (if anyone goes make sure your not viewing car park a lot of rooms do)

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Still plenty of the UK to see and as the winter nights draw in spending 2 weeks in quarantine after a week in sunny Portugal seems like less of an issue.

    • Lady London says:

      @Chris glad to see you’re still around ! you have been very quiet lately.

      The point of promotions is to drum up business when there isnt a lot. Some of us are still travelling -a promotion means I’ll choose your hotel rather than another one.

      • Chris Heyes says:

        yep LL still around had to go Blackburn family funeral Gr
        23 year old O.D. Why are they idiots
        bytheway Blackburn was mad people getting on buses with masks then taking off when sat down Gr
        stopped at Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa (got the 6000 promotion) In between stopping at one of daughters & Willows for Hotels.com last two stamps needed (2 vouchers available for future use 2022 lol

    • Harry T says:

      I’ve been using them in the UK, Chris.

  • Kevin says:

    Just checking some Marriott hotels for Hamburg/Berlin. It is noted that the Marriott offer varies between cities, eg Hamburg’s hotel offer member return rate with free breakfast incl. while Berlin doesn’t at all. In fact Courtyard stated non refundable if cancel after 5 Oct for a stay in the end of Oct. not sure whether there is typo but definitely need to run through all the T&C of every hotel first prior to book.

    • DJ says:

      That’s been noted before on here I think. Also some of the offers are only applicable to their basic rooms. So it’s always better to read everything.

  • Ikaz says:

    It has worked on cumulative spend for Marriott on 2 of my cards

  • r* says:

    Are there any hotels that will charge now to trigger the offers but where the stays would be middle of next year? Preferably cancellable bookings? Im not going to be staying anywhere before these will all expire.

  • gerry says:

    Can anyone recommend hotel in Larnaca/Limassol, arriving Thursday for 4 nights

    • Rob says:

      Parklane (Marriott’s Luxury Collection) claims to be the only genuine luxury property on the island.

    • YC says:

      Yes parklane is v. good. There is also Amara next door (less resort feel but possibly more luxurious) and also Anassa up north which is very good

    • RH says:

      4 Season is superb.

      • YC says:

        A good product is a good product. But worth flagging, this isn’t part of the 4S brand/group (no brand standards & no preferred travel agent I think)

        • RH says:

          True, but it still excellent. I went in August and going back at the end of this month with the family! You can see on Trip Advisor how good it is!

  • dezbez says:

    I might be wrong, but it doesn’t look like the Bath Indigo is included in the list of participating hotels with the Amex offer. I know there has been a lot of talk about this hotel this last week and a number of bookings (mainly with points, admittedly) but for any cash bookings it might make more sense to use a Creation card to pay instead (unless I’ve missed it).

    • Rob says:

      The lists never include brand new hotels unfortunately – they are drawn up weeks in advance.

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