UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. Thank you.
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.
Hilton Honors is offering double points on 1-2 night stays and triple points on 3+ night stays from 3rd May to 6th September
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
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:
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)
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.
Existing bookings count and all IHG hotels are taking part.
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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