Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.
As we’re now in December, it’s time to get your ducks in a row for status renewal, status upgrades or milestone rewards targets. Time is running out. You might also want to use any expiring suite upgrade vouchers you may have as an Accor or Marriott top tier member.
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 16,000 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. (I apologise to email readers if this block is mangled – scroll down to the main text area!)
Hilton Honors is running TWO promotions – you can register for both, and both will credit on the same stay.
The first promotion offers double Hilton Honors base points on all stays, plus an extra 2,000 bonus points on stays with a Monday to Friday checkout, between 6th September and 31st December. You can register for this offer here.
The second promotion offers double elite night credits, meaning that each night counts as two nights towards earning or retaining Hilton Honors status. This runs from 11th October to 31st December. You can register for this offer here.
IHG One Rewards
IHG One Rewards is letting you choose between 2,000 bonus points for every two nights or 10,000 bonus points for every four nights. The promotion runs from 13th October to 31st December.
Marriott Bonvoy is offering 2,000 bonus points per stay between 21st September and 15th December. The offer only applies to cash stays and starts with your second stay during the period. Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholders will receive additional bonuses. Registration is now closed.
World of Hyatt
World of Hyatt is offering double points on all stays of 2+ nights between 15th September and 20th December. Registration is now closed.
The current ‘buy points’ offers running at the moment are:
Current American Express cashback offers
It’s also worth noting the current American Express cashback offers which may be showing on one of your cards and which may influence which hotels you book this month.
- Get £200 cashback on £1,000 of Four Seasons spend, expires 27th January
- Get £100 cashback on £300 of The Hoxton spend, expires 31st December
- Get £100 cashback on £300 of Relais & Chateaux spend, expires 31st December
- Get £100 cashback on £250 of WorldHotels spend, expires 31st December
- Get £75 cashback on £300 of IHG spend, expires 27th January 2023
- Get £100 cashback on £300 of 24hours spend, expires 31st December
- Get £50 cashback on £300 of Hotel du Vin spend, expires 23rd December
- Get £50 cashback on £200 of Malmaison spend, expires 23rd December
- Get £100 cashback on £500 of Red Carnation spend, expires 30th April 2023
- Get 10% back at Apex Hotels, expires 28th February 2023
- Get £50 cashback on £200 of Hilton spend, expires 16th December
- Get £100 cashback on £250 of Hyatt spend, expires 31st December
- Get £50 cashback on £200 of Marriott spend (mid-market hotels), expires 31st December
- Get £100 cashback on £400 of Marriott spend (luxury hotels), expires 31st December
- Get £100 cashback on £200 of Marriott spend (restricted to Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholders), expires 31st December
In all cases, you are restricted to a list of participating hotels.
Where should you credit your stays for December 2022?
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 is running TWO offers at the same stay. You can register for both, and both will credit to your account.
You will earn double base points on all stays and a further 2,000 bonus points on top if you check out on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
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 (InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo etc)
Between 13th October and 31st December, you can earn bonus base points on your IHG One Rewards stays.
You must register in advance via this link.
Interestingly, you can choose your reward from either:
- 2,000 bonus points for every two nights or
- 10,000 bonus points for every four nights
In terms of counting ‘nights’, reward nights do not count. This is different from the way that IHG usually counts ‘nights’ in terms of earning elite status or milestone rewards.
Existing bookings DO count so there is no need to rebook anything.
Marriott Bonvoy (Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Moxy etc)
Between 21st September and 15th December, you will earn 2,000 bonus points per STAY on every cash stay at a Marriott hotel. However, registration is now closed.
I value a Bonvoy point at 0.5p so this is equivalent to a £5.00 bonus per night. It is clearly a better deal on cheap one-night stays than expensive week-long holidays.
You only receive the bonus from your second cash stay after registration. You receive no bonus on your first stay. Holders of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card will receive additional bonuses.
The home page for bookings is here.
Hyatt (inc Alila, Andaz, Thomson, Unbound Collection, Miraval)
Until 20th December, you can earn bonus base points on your World of Hyatt stays with the new ‘Bonus Journeys’ promotion. However, registration is now closed.
You will earn double base points on all stays of 2+ nights.
There is an additional bonus of double elite night credits if you stay at one of 65 all inclusive resorts recently bought by Hyatt, but these are primarily not in places where you are likely to be visiting.
As well as Hyatt-branded hotels, it is also valid at participating M life Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotels and Lindblad Expeditions.
The home page for bookings is here.
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Hotel offers update – January 2023:
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?
- Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 7th March. Click here to buy.