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New ‘£70 cashback on £200 spend’ Amex hotel offer with Millennium – good for NYC, Singapore

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A generous hotel cashback offer has popped up on many American Express cards from Millennium Hotels & Resorts, which runs the Millennium and Copthorne brands.

You will receive £70 cashback on a £200 spend. The offer has a long validity date, to 29th September.

It is worth noting that – unlike most Amex hotel offers which are restricted to Europe – this one covers the UK, a lot of hotels in Singapore and the United States, plus a couple in Paris.

As usual, you need to check the ‘Offers’ tab on the Amex website or app for each of your cards. You must ‘save’ the offer to activate it before making your payment. I have it on my British Airways Premium Plus card. You are obviously unlikely to find it on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card.

Millennium Copthorne My Millennium

The full list can be seen on the Amex website here (PDF).

Here is the UK selection (I have added links to the Central London ones):

The two in Paris, which are the only other European options, are:

  • Millennium Hotel Paris Opera
  • Millennium Hotel Paris Charles de Gaule

With a rebate of 35% if you spend exactly £200, this is an attractive deal. The Millennium and Copthorne home page is here.

How does the My Millennium loyalty scheme work?

It is well worth signing up for My Millennium if you are planning on using this offer because you receive a 10% discount on your bookings. This will stack with the Amex offer.

Click here to sign up.

The My Millennium loyalty scheme

The key reason to join My Millennium – even if you are only staying one night – is for the 10% discount.  It is automatic to all scheme members at participating hotels.

You earn 10 My Points for every $1 spent in participating hotels on the room rate and 4 My Points for every $1 spent on food and drink and other in-hotel services.

If you stay more than 10 nights at participating properties within a year, your points balance will be doubled, a generous if unusual offer.  This yearly period is calculated from your membership start date.  You also get triple points for all stays during your birthday month, which is a little unusual.

Points expire after 12 months.  This is a hard expiry and there is nothing you can do to extend their life.

What are the membership tiers?

My Millennium does not have membership tiers.  It is more of a membership points program than a tier-based elite status program.

Earning double points after 10 nights (you receive a lump sum bonus after your 10th / 20th / 30th etc night, doubling the points earned on the previous 10 stays) in a year is the nearest it gets to rewarding regular guests.

The more I think about it, the more I find ‘double points’ to be a clever idea.  Anyone with 7-8 nights would have a very big double points carrot dangling in front of them to get to 10.

Redemption options

The scheme is sensibly structured and accepts that a small footprint means that most members will struggle to earn a large number of points.

You cannot see the redemption price list without signing up and logging in.  As well as free nights and room upgrades, M&C also offers club lounge access, food and drinks vouchers, free laundry and spa treatments.

At the earning rate of 10 points per $1 of room spend, you would need to spend $1,200 to get a $50 food and beverage voucher.  Of course, if you manage to spend more than 10 nights yearly in My Millennium properties you get double points, so the cost-benefit calculation changes.

Room redemptions are based directly on the cost of the room you want.  I ran a few examples and it works out at roughly 0.4p per point. This is the same whether you take a free room or a food and beverage voucher.

If you earn 10 points worth 0.4p each (4p in total) for every $1 spent on your room, you are getting a return of around 5% on your room rate. The rate increases substantially if you spend more than 10 nights a year in M&C hotels, since your points balance is doubled.

This rate of return is comparable to other leading hotel programmes.  However, the Millennium & Copthorne network is considerably smaller and it is much harder to get additional bonuses. M&C does not have a co-branded credit card, so it’s impossible to boost your points balance without ‘heads in beds’.  This means that, in practice, My Millenium points are less valuable because it is much more difficult to both earn and redeem them.

Can you convert points in or out?

No.  It is not possible to convert your points into airline miles.  You also cannot convert any credit card or other points into My Millennium points.

You can earn airline miles instead of taking points – see below.

Can you earn airline miles instead of loyalty points?

Millennium & Copthorne has a couple of airline partnerships although they do not work with Avios or Virgin Flying Club.

They do work with Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines. Details of their airline partnerships can be found here.

Conclusion

The ‘£70 cashback on £200 spend’ offer makes it worth considering Millennium & Copthorne for any stays you have before the end of September, particularly if you need a London hotel.

Should you bother with the loyalty scheme? Beyond the 10% discount, it is unlikely that My Millennium will become a key programme for you. 

For occasional stays, you are unlikely to be able to get good value out of your points and are likely to end up with an orphaned balance.  I would recommend taking airline miles instead.

You could even be cheeky and book a ‘pay on departure’ rate via Hotels.com to earn Hotels.com Rewards credit. This would still trigger the cashback, albeit that you wouldn’t get the 10% My Millennium member discount. It may work out financially if Hotels.com has its own ‘members only’ discount for a particular hotel.

The Millennium & Copthorne home page is here.


Hotel offers update – May 2024:

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?

  • IHG One Rewards is offering an 80% bonus when you buy points by 8th June 2024. Click here.
  • Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 25% to 50% mystery bonus when you buy points by 24th July 2024. Click here.
  • World of Hyatt is offering a 20% bonus when you buy points by 1st July 2024. Click here.

Comments (33)

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  • Lynn says:

    Is the £200 cumulative or will it need to be a single transaction?

  • Coo says:

    OT: Harvey Nichols – visited shop on 30th June and bought an item. AMEX website has the transaction as processed on 1 July.

    Would that count for the first period of the year or the second?

    • Rob says:

      If transaction date is 1 July then this half. I suspect if transaction date is listed as 30 June it goes into H1.

      Either way I’d be careful and only spend the 2nd £50 on something you need to buy anyway, just in case.

      • Coo says:

        Thanks Rob.

        Transaction shows as 30 June however if I click on it, date processed comes as 1 July.

    • Venturelog says:

      Check with Amex. We have been caught out by this many times. It’s the date it’s processed and not the transaction date.

  • Strawb says:

    What would you do? I have a redemption for Holiday Inn Paris Gare de Lyon for 36K points for one night later this month. Chose this hotel because we arrive from the south of France around 5pm. Contemplating the M Social Paris Opera now with this offer. Rate is 252€ for members, will take it down to approx £147 with the £70 credit. Location is plump in the 9th arrondissement. Save my 36K IHG points? Hotel looks quite decent.

    • tony says:

      Depends if you have the surplus cash *and* the need for the IHG points in the near future. The problem is you’re only getting around 0.4p worth of value per point now, where you should be targeting 0.6p. I managed to get around 1p per point at the IC in Singapore, but if you’re feeling squeezed for cash (who isn’t right now) and/or have no realistic need for those points, then you should just stick with your “free” night at the Holiday Inn…

    • iEimis says:

      Depends if you are planning any other redemptions in the future with IHG which may require these points, I suppose. Also, it depends what the cash rate of the hotel was when you booked the redemption if you really want to get into calculating how much value you are getting from it and whether you could do better in the future if you spent £147 instead this time. Location is also a factor as it sounds like it may be important to you. I would weigh up all of these before making a decision.

  • Strawb says:

    The rate at the Holiday Inn was 175 euros which obviously doesn’t make the 36K points such an attractive deal. IHG hotels aren’t cheap in Paris, especially the Opera area (IC for example). So before this offer came up I was on the lookout for any good offers. And location wise this hotel appears perfect for us as we take the Eurostar home the following evening. Obviously what I want to do is to maximise the value of my IHG points and not spend an obscene amount of money on one night in Paris, but at the same time look for a good hotel. With this offer I won’t be paying more than 175 euros for a quality hotel. At the same time I can definitely get better value for my 36K points elsewhere. Leaning towards cancelling my IHG redemption and rebooking this.

  • JimP says:

    An update on my previous question. I made a booking on the Copthorne Tara website for the last weekend of July. Paid £274 and I have already had the £70 cash back paid in to my AMEX account. Very pleased.

  • Rob says:

    Amex doesn’t allow spend to be forcibly converted at a dodgy FX rate so you’re fine. No idea why they insist on keeping that line in.

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