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What are the best hotel promos for November 2021?

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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:

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is offering double base points on all stays from 7th September to 31st December.  Holders of the (no longer available) UK Hilton Barclaycard will earn triple base points.

Register here

IHG Rewards

IHG Rewards is offering double points on your second stay and triple points on subsequent stays from 1st October to 31st December

Register here

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy is offering 1,500 bonus points on all stays from 14th September to 12th December.  You must register by 28th November.

Register here

Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards is offering double base points on all stays from 15th October to 19th December.  You must register before booking.

Register here

World of Hyatt is not currently running a global promotion. The booking deadline has passed for the current Accor Live Limitless promotion.

There are also ‘buy points’ bonuses running with Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy:

Hilton Honors

Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 7th December

Buy Hilton Honors points here

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 45% bonus when you buy points by 8th December

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points here

Where should you credit your stays for November 2021?

Remember that, irrespective of the offers below, there is never a single ‘best’ offer.

Some offers require multiple stays to maximise the bonus, which you might not do. Some require stays to be a minimum number of nights before a bonus is earned.

You need to factor in any elite status you have, which will earn you additional status bonuses.

More importantly, you need to be able to use the points. There is no value in earning a large bonus in a scheme where you will never go on to earn enough points to get a free night.

Hilton (Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc)

Hilton has a new Autumn offer called ‘Power Up’.  You can register here.  Our full article is here.

You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between now and 31st December. 

If you still have, and pay with, the UK Hilton Barclaycard you will receive TRIPLE base points. This card is no longer available to new applicants.

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 with the Hilton Barclaycard would receive on every 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.

The Hilton booking page is here.

IHG Rewards (Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Hotel Indigo etc)

IHG Rewards is offering double or triple base points this Autumn.

It is a little more fiddly than is necessary, to be honest.

The offer runs from 1st October to 31st December. Registration is required which you can do here. Existing bookings DO count.

You will receive

  • no bonus on your first stay after registration
  • double base points on your second stay
  • triple base points on your third and subsequent stays

This clearly has the potential to be attractive if your third stay is an expensive one, but the structure will frustrate many. You may even need to do a cheap ‘mattress runs’ so that you are on triple points by the time an expensive stay comes along.

Let’s assume that an IHG Rewards point is worth 0.4p (which we usually say it is) and that you have Spire Elite status and earn a 100% elite bonus:

  • You spend £100 AFTER DEDUCTING VAT
  • …. which is equivalent to $135
  • You earn 10 base points per $1 at most brands, x3 as part of this offer, plus a 100% Spire Elite bonus on top
  • You therefore receive 40 points per $1
  • You receive 5,400 points for your stay ($135 x 40)
  • At 0.4p, the points are worth £21.60
  • You receive points worth 21% of your ex-VAT spending

Our full article on the Autumn IHG Rewards offer is here.

You can register here. The IHG home page for bookings is here.

Current Marriott Bonvoy promotions

Marriott Bonvoy (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc)

Marriott Bonvoy has now launched its Autumn promotion.

It is not hugely generous, offering 1,500 bonus points on each cash stayI value a Bonvoy point at 0.5p so this is equivalent to a £7.50 bonus per stay.  It is clearly a better deal on cheap one-night stays than expensive week-long holidays.

The promotion started on 14th September and runs to 12th December. Registration closes on 28th November.

Our full article is here. You can register here.

The home page for bookings is here.

Radisson (Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson Blu etc)

Radisson Rewards is offering a double based points promotion.

It is valid on stays until 19th December on stays in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. 

This is a good deal. I value a Radisson Rewards point at 0.33p so – at 40 points per $1 – you are getting a generous rebate of 18% of your post-tax spending. If you have Radisson Rewards status you will earn even more.

You need to register here. Note that existing bookings do not count.

Our full HfP article on Radisson’s ‘double points’ offer is here.

The home page for bookings is here.

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Hotel offers update – December 2021:

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 currently a special offer running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 7th December), Marriott Bonvoy (45% bonus to 8th December) and World of Hyatt (30% discount, equivalent to a 43% bonus, to 30th December).

Comments (12)

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Marriott oddly end their promo on 12th Dec.
    Bookings better than expected for the last two weeks of Dec?

  • Bob says:

    Does anybody know which hotels at Heathrow are/were used for quarantine purposes? Sofitel at T5 and Hilton Garden Inn at T2&3 should be ok, but can’t confirm anything re the rest.

    • MarkZ says:

      On the A4 Bath Road, Radisson Blu Edwardian and Novotel were used (because I could see the inmates walking around both prison yards from the office window!), but there appears to be very little quarantine activity there now.

    • E says:

      The Courtyard and the Hilton T5 were also used. If there is one you’re thinking about then have a look at Tripadvisor as people in quarantine in the airport hotels have quite often complained on there about something or other in the hotel.

    • Chris says:

      The famous Atrium Hotel was used for quarantine.

  • Phil W says:

    IHG Promo Query – Is the start date (1st Oct) based on Check-In or Check-Out date. I know the end of the promotion is usually always Check-Out. The reason for my query is this:
    (1) Stayed 29-Sep – 1-Oct Holiday Inn Salzburg
    (2) Staying 18-Nov – 21-Nov IC Estoril

    If the Holiday Inn Salzburg stay counts as #1 in the promo, then it will be worth my while doing a mattress run to trigger triple points on the IC Estoril stay. If it doesn’t, it isn’t!

    TIA

  • Oh! Matron! says:

    Stayed in the Doubletree Deptford Bridge last night. It’s available tonight for £90!

    It’s a converted govt building of some description, and is tastefully done. The reception is small, but the bar is quite nice and cosy. Breakfast was good (freshly squeezed orange juice), but no porridge . Both green and brown bananas though

    I got a room on the 9th floor which had wall to wall window view of london. Probs one of the best views I’ve seen in a hotel in London 🙂 The room wasn’t huge, but it had a separate desk close to the bathroom. Had USB sockets (old school) by the side of the bed. The shower was weird. It had these shoulder high jets that sprayed the bathroom when I experimented. Beware of these.

    Pleasantly surprised, I have to say, and is 3 mins from the DLR. There’s also a really nice running route up Blackheath Hill, across blackheath, down the east side of Greenwich Park, along the Thames, through Greenwich and back to Deptford Bridge, that’s approx 6KM

    Got a free drinks voucher too, although the house wine had been opened for a while. No cookie though: supply issues

    • Luca says:

      I know the area very well and think it was one of the few hotels that spawned around Deptford/Greenwich High Street around the time of the London Olympics, originally as a Mercure Hotel and not long after, transformed in a Double Tree

  • Luca says:

    I am looking for some advice based on daily recent experience .. I have just booked a tier point run to Sofia but I have not sure which hotel to choose. Price wise there is not a huge difference between any of them, so the option I have been considering are: Hotel Balkan- this cost actually almost half the other in the list (Luxury Collection via Marriott), Sense Hotel (Design Hotel Marriott), Hilton (I have 13,000 points being on the accounts for a very long time, I also have the Barclaycard but not sure if using it to make a booking in Euro for the mentioned promotion), Intercontinental, Hyatt Regency. Any views?

    • John says:

      I’ve stayed in the Hilton and the IC, both were good, IC perhaps not really worth it unless you have Amb and buy lounge access.

      Rates advertised in euros but will be charged in BGN (at the fixed exchange rate).

      If they are really all equal to you in terms of status qualification or using status then I’d choose the cheapest, as you are only going for a TP run

      • Luca says:

        Thanks for your reply (and apologies for the many errors in my original post). I do not currently have any particular status with any hotels other then Silver with Hilton for the Barclaycard, but that has only really had an impact in Tanzania and once in Venice where I got upgraded to better rooms. Thanks for the info on currency as I noted some apps were quoting me in euro and others in BGN. Without using the points as part payment, the Hilton would actually cost virtually the same then the IC (maybe £15 difference), but what looks better and probably for £10 more, is the Hyatt Regency (at least from the rooms pictures, as I have not really gone on comparison/review sites yet)

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