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As travel begins to restart, 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
Radisson Rewards is offering 1,000 bonus points per night on stays from 1st July to 30th September. You must register before booking.
World of Hyatt
World of Hyatt is offering triple points on stays of 2+ nights from 20th July to 15th September
Marrott Bonvoy is not currently running global promotions.
There are also ‘buy points’ bonuses running with IHG and Hyatt:
Where should you credit your stays for August 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 (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 August 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 of your stay 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.
Radisson (Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Blu etc)
Radisson Rewards is offering a very modest promotion. To add insult to injury, you need to register before you book – existing bookings do not count.
Once registered, you will receive 1,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points per night. We value these at around £3.30 so it only moves the needle if you are on a cheap Park Inn stay.
The offer runs to 30th September.
Our full HfP article on Radisson’s ‘1000 bonus points’ offer is here. You can register here – remember that you must register before booking.
The home page for bookings is here.
Hyatt (Andaz, Alila, Thompson, Unbound Collection, Miraval etc)
Hyatt is offering a very generous promotion which is worth a look.
Registration closes on 20th August even though you can stay until 15th September, so make sure you don’t miss out.
You will receive triple base points on all Hyatt stays of 2+ nights until 15th September. This means 15 base points per $1 spent. Given our 1.1p valuation of Hyatt points, you’d be getting a 23% return on the ex-tax cost of your stays.
Our full article on the ‘Bonus Journeys’ promotion is here. You can register here – remember that the registration deadline is 20th August.
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