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LAST DAY: Get a hotel deal with a Melia 40% buy points bonus

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MeliaRewards has running a ‘buy points’ promo in recent weeks which ends today.  Until tonight, 31st October, all points purchases up to 150,000 points will receive a 40% bonus.

1,000 points, plus bonus, are being offered for €5. The bonus is applied on top, so you will get 1,400 points for €5.  This works out at 0.36 Eurocents per point or €3.57 per 1000.

Melia 40 buy points bonus

This is cheap – almost as cheap as it gets, although we have seen a 50% bonus in the past.

The minimum purchase is only €5, so this is also a cheap way to stop your existing points expiring for another 12 months.

However, unlike the last 50% bonus, these points do NOT come with any specific rules over how you can use them.  The bonus points are added to your existing balance and you can use them however and whenever you wish.

How good a Melia deal can I get here?

Here is a pricing example.  In London, the Melia White House is 24,126 points per night.  This is an absolute bargain at under £75, based on paying 0.357 Eurocents per point.

Melia buy points bonus

It is also worth noting that Melia makes ALL room categories, including suites, available for points.  Standard rooms are usually the best value but you should save on the normal cash rate whatever category you book.

The funky lifestyle hotel ME London on The Strand, below, is 41,360 points, which would cost you £127.  You would pay double that for cash.

Melia buy points bonus

There is also the new Melia London Kensington if you want to stay in West London, and Innside Manchester (we reviewed Innside Manchester here).

Innside New York NoMad, reviewed here and website here, is an excellent way to use up MeliaRewards points but that is a bit risky to book speculatively given that there is no sign of US tourism opening up for a while.

You could, on the other hand, take a punt on the UK quarantine situation and get an excellent deal in Spain or Portugal for 2021 (Melia is a Spanish-owned chain) by buying and redeeming points.  It looks like Melia is trying to quietly sell rooms at heavily discounted prices via the back door without having to reduce its headline prices for those willing to pay the standard rate.

You can purchase Melia points here.

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Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE MeliaRewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Hilton Honors Gold and Radisson Rewards Gold status.

We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

You can discover the benefits of MeliaRewards Gold status on the Melia website here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners may want to consider American Express Business Platinum instead:

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American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

(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.)

Comments (2)

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  • Concerto says:

    Thanks. Jumped on this one, despite abandonment points purchases during the whole of this period. It will prolong the life of my points and there are some nice properties with Meliá.

  • Andreas says:

    I stayed at the Gran Melia Sancti Petri for 1 week this summer on points. A €2,000+ stay for around €750 worth of points, well worth it.

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