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What are the best hotel promos for July 2021?

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As travel begins to restart, domestically at least, we have brought back our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.

All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Offers’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on each hotel scheme.  However, a positive response from readers – especially our 15,000 email subscribers – means we run this monthly article as a handy summary.

Here are quick summaries and links to the registration pages you need for each offer – do it before you forget:

Accor Live Limitless

Accor Live Limitless is offering double points on stays in Europe from 2nd July to 5th September. You must register before booking.

Register here

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is offering double points on 1-2 night stays and triple points on 3+ night stays from 3rd May to 6th September

Register here

IHG Rewards

IHG Rewards is offering double points on your second stay and triple points on your third and subsequent stays from 15th May to 16th August

Register here

Marrott Bonvoy, Radisson Rewards and World of Hyatt are not currently running global promotions.

There are also ‘buy points’ bonuses running with Hilton and IHG:

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy 15,000+ points by 8th July

Buy Hilton Honors points here

IHG Rewards

IHG Rewards is offering a 75% bonus when you buy points by 13th August

Buy IHG Rewards points here

Where should you credit your stays for July 2021?

In general, the hotel chains have a problem with global promotions at the moment. Whilst it is almost ‘business as usual’ in the two major markets – China and the US – there are major restrictions elsewhere.

It is hard to create a global offer which is generous enough to drive stays in countries with sharp restrictions in place, whilst not appearing too generous in countries which are functioning relatively normally.

The chains are also dealing with the fact that their customers are primarily leisure travellers at the moment, and this segment – where people are spending their own money, not their employers – responds differently to special offers.

Accor Live Limitless (Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis etc)

Whilst not a global promotion, I want to mention an Accor promotion which is currently running in Europe. It’s unlikely you’ll be travelling far beyond Europe in July anyway ….

Via this link, you earn double base points on Accor stays in most European countries including the UK.

You must book and stay by 5th September. Existing bookings do NOT count – you must register here before booking.

Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc)

Hilton has a Summer offer called ‘More Nights More Points’.  You can register here.  Our full article is here.

You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay of 1-2 nights between now and 6th September. 

Stay 3+ nights and you will receive TRIPLE base points.

For most brands, you will earn 10 base points per $1 spent, plus an additional 10 or 20 promotional points plus any status bonus.

Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your spending here.  38 points per $1, which is what a Gold member would receive for a 3-night stay, is a 17.5% rebate on your ex-VAT spending.

You need to register in advance via the Hilton website here.  Existing bookings count and all Hilton Honors hotels are taking part.

Hilton is still status matching too.  If you have status with another hotel programme, Hilton will match you to Gold for 90 days with a stays target for getting Gold or Diamond until 2023 – I explain how to get a Hilton status match in this article.

The Hilton booking page is here.

IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Indigo, Staybridge Suites etc)

The new IHG Rewards promotion started on 15th May and runs until 16th August.

It is a little weak. You get nothing on your first qualifying stay after registration, double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third stay.

There clearly isn’t anything here for you if all you are planning is one major trip over the coming months.

My article on IHG’s ‘Triple Points’ offer is here.  You can register on the IHG site here.

Existing bookings count and all IHG hotels are taking part.

The IHG home page for bookings is here.

PS. IHG is also offering a special deal if you sign up for InterContinental Ambassador – see here. If you join or renew before 31st July, you will receive a voucher for a free reward night (costing up to 40,000 IHG Rewards points) when you stay at any InterContinental, Kimpton or Regent hotel by 31st August 2021.

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Comments (20)

  • Coleslaw says:

    You’ve totally skipped the best promo… Hyatt starts on the 20th.

  • JohnT says:

    Just checking how Hilton would treat 2 consecutive nights done as 2 bookings (Hampton £50 each Gold)? First night shows as 0 points but second as 1900 points (710 base points)?

    • Travel Strong says:

      Their systems will automatically stitch it together as one stay

  • Ryan Gill says:

    Good morning. Can I book 2 individual 1 night stays at the same ihg Hotel to form consecutive 2 night stay, to avail myself the 40,000 points stay?

    • Relaxo says:

      Nope. It will count as 1 stay.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I’m not sure I understand the question?

      You can book 2 consecutive nights in different bookings and they will count as a single stay. Do you need 2 stays?

      • Ryan Gill says:

        Hi. Rob ran an article a while back stating new ihg members can gain a voucher if they have 2 single night stays. I wanted to know if I could book 2 single night stays to run consecutively at the same hotel rather than book a 2 night stay, to trigger the terms of this offer? Wonder if booking one of the nights with breakfast would mean that it would be 2 x 1 night stays or perhaps take the risk of trying to book a further night after staying the 1st night?

        • Ikaz says:

          You need to leave at least one night between stays, even on different rates. Or switch hotels if there is a different hotel that you could go to nearby

          • Ryan Gill says:

            Thanks for the reply. Cheers.

          • Lady London says:

            Or have a partner with you who books ea. 2nd night as theirs. Hotels generally fine if you ask to keep same room as this saves them money – mention when you check in

  • Lou says:

    Something to mention too (from yet another Hilton stay currently…), a few of the Hilton’s are doing a cheaper rate too if you book 3 nights. It was cheaper for me to do a 3 night stay than a 2 night stay here, for example

  • Dani says:

    I’m loving the triple IHG promo..with my spire… It’s quaruple points… With the rebate sites for IHG and the amex spend 200 get 50 wins hands down…

    • Anna says:

      +1, I’ve had £300 back from Amex for Kimpton stays over the past month and enough points for a couple of free nights!
      Got a stay at the HI Ellesmere Port this weekend (everything is either booked solid or extortionate due to Chester races) so we’re going to go large on the F & B and get another £50 credit hopefully.

  • Paul says:

    Thanks for the article Rob, it has been so long since I have been in a hotel, I have forgotten how the Points work with IHG!

    I have a 3 night stay in a hotel Indigo next weekend costing approx. £660. Do you think it is worth trying one or two mattress runs this week for (upto) £40 a night to make next weekend a second or third stay?

    • Rob says:

      To be honest, no. £660 = £628 ex VAT = $868. Double points means an extra 8,680 points which at 0.4p is £34, so not worth a £40 mattress run to set it up, especially as the bonus is not status qualifying.

      • Paul says:

        Thanks Rob, I completely forgot about it not being status qualifying!

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