Current Hotel Promotions

This page summarises the latest quarterly promotions and special offers from the seven main hotel loyalty programmes – Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, Le Club AccorHotels, Marriott Rewards, Radisson Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and World of Hyatt.

I have included, at the bottom, current bonus miles offers for consolidators Kaligo.com, PointsHound and Rocketmiles.  There is also an introduction to Hotels.com Rewards and links to the latest promotions from Melia Rewards, Best Western Rewards, Wyndham Rewards and Millennium & Copthorne.

If you find yourself needing to book hotel nights, this page should be your first stopping point. You can quickly see which chains are currently running promotions, and what you need to do to register and qualify for them.

If you need to buy additional points to top up your hotel account, you can buy points for Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Melia Rewards, Radisson Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, World of Hyatt and Wyndham Rewards via this link.

If you booking a luxury hotel, remember that we can offer you exclusive additional benefits at Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, The Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt and similar hotels.  Click here for details of our luxury hotel booking service in association with Virtuoso.

Click here to read an article which runs through the options you have for getting free hotel elite status via a UK credit or charge card.

The Head for Points top picks for July stays:

The wild card, as usual, is IHG’s Accelerate promotion.  Because everyone gets personalised targets, you need to do your own comparison.  For most people, this will be the most generous offer this Summer – but an inconvenient mix of targets (different countries, weekend nights or whatever) may mean some choose to skip it.  It is worth putting one night to IHG because everyone has a decent ‘stay once, get x,000 points’ Accelerate goal.

Hilton’s double base points can be valuable for expensive multi-night stays but won’t get you far on cheap one-night stops.  Radisson has also launched a double base points offer but requires a stay of at least two nights.

Best Western is offering a £20 Best Western gift card on your next stay in the UK.

Accor, Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt are not currently running global promotions.

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Hilton Honors

New to Hilton Honors?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Canopy, Conrad, Curio, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Hilton, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, Waldorf-Astoria

Current promotion: Double Points

Stay dates: 1st May to 31st August

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: One stay

Summary: Double base points on every stay

Head for Points article and registration link:   Double Points

See this article for how to get Hilton to match your status in any other hotel scheme

See this article for an on-going 33% discount for UK and European Hilton properties for UK public sector workers

See this article for how to get free Hilton Gold status with American Express Platinum

You will earn 40,000 Hilton points if you apply for the free American Express Gold card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

You will earn 60,000 Hilton points if you apply for the American Express Platinum card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

If you have a Hilton Group stay planned and are not already a member of Hilton Honors, you will earn 2,500 bonus points on your first stay before 15th December 2018 if you join via this link

If you are booking a Hilton Group hotel (Hilton, Conrad, Hampton Inn, Waldorf-Astoria), please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.



IHG Rewards Club

New to IHG Rewards Club?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, EVEN, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, HUALUXE, Indigo, InterContinental, Kimpton, Staybridge Suites

Current promotion: Accelerate

Stay dates: 1st May to 31st July

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus: One night

Summary: Up to 50,000 points for hitting personalised targets

Head for Points article and registration link:   Accelerate

See this article for information on how to achieve the new Spire Elite top tier status quickly

If you are booking an InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites, please consider clicking here to book via our link.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Le Club AccorHotels

New to Le Club AccorHotels?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Adagio, Ibis, M Gallery, Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman.  Raffles, Swissotel and Fairmont were added in July 2018.

No global promotion at present

See this article for how to get free Le Club Gold status and 10% off ibis stays with the ibis Business Card

See this article for how to get 250-500 free Accor points for joining ClubOpinions

You can earn bonus Accor points on most stays by using their Facebook app whilst in the hotel.

If you are booking an Accor Group hotel (Adagio, Ibis, M Gallery, Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman) please consider clicking here to book via our link.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Marriott Rewards

New to Marriott Rewards?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: AC Hotels, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Edition, Fairfield Inn, Gaylord, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites

No global promotion at present

See this article for details of how to book reward nights even if you don’t yet have all the points you need

See this article for how to get free Starwood Gold status with American Express Platinum which you can immediately match to free Marriott Gold status

See this article for my review of the Starwood UK credit card which has a 10,000 SPG point bonus (convertible to 30,000 Marriott points) and earns double points (2 Starwood points or 6 Marriott points per £1) until December 2018 when used at Starwood and Marriott hotels

If you have a Marriott Group stay planned and are not already a member of Marriott Rewards, please email me at rob [at] headforpoints.co.uk for a referral.  You will receive 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points on each of your first five stays.

If you are booking a Marriott Group hotel (AC Hotels, Autograph, Courtyard, Edition, Marriott, Renaissance etc), please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.



Radisson Rewards (former Club Carlson)

New to Radisson Rewards? Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Country Inn, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Radisson RED

Current promotion: Double Points

Stay dates: 9th July to 31st August

Minimum stays / nights needed to trigger the bonus:  Two nights

Summary: Double base points on each stay or two nights or longer

Head for Points article and registration link:  Double Points

See this article for how to get Radisson Rewards Gold status with American Express Platinum

You will earn 60,000 Radisson Rewards points if you apply for the free American Express Gold card and convert the Amex points. See my review here.

You will earn 90,000 Radisson Rewards points if you apply for the American Express Platinum card and convert the Amex points. See my review here.

If you are booking a Radisson Blu hotel, please consider clicking here to book via our link. If you are booking a Park Inn, please click here. If you are booking a Park Plaza, please click here. We earn a small commission on every booking. Thank you.

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Starwood Preferred Guest

New to Starwood Preferred Guest?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands:  Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Meridien, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, St Regis, W, Westin

No global promotion at present

See this article for my review of the Starwood UK credit card which has a 10,000 point bonus and earns double points (2 per £1) until December 2018 when used at Starwood and Marriott hotels

See this article for how to get free Starwood Gold status with American Express Platinum

See this article for a 3-4-2 deal with Mastercard across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

SPG Hot Escapes offers new deals every Wednesday for stays over the next six weeks

You will earn 10,000 SPG points if you apply for the free American Express Gold card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

You will earn 15,000 SPG points if you apply for the American Express Platinum card and convert the Amex points.  See my review here.

If you are booking a Starwood hotel (Aloft, Element, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, St Regis, W, Westin etc), please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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World of Hyatt

New to World of Hyatt?  Read my two-part overview here and here and my article on expiry rules here.

Brands: Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Oasis, Park Hyatt, Unbound Collection, Miraval

No global promotion at present

Consolidators

Kaligo.com, PointsHound and Rocketmiles offer airline miles when you book a hotel through them.  Kaligo.com is a British Airways Executive Club partner and a Virgin Atlantic partner.  PointsHound is a Virgin Flying Club partner.  Rocketmiles is a partner with both British Airways Executive Club and avios.com.

If you book a hotel via these companies, you will not receive points or stay credit from the hotel as it is treated as a third-party stay.  Your status benefits may or may not be recognised depending on the property.

Avios is also a partner with online travel agent Trip.com and will earn points on every booking – see here.  Bookings via Trip.com will be treated as third-party stays.


You should also consider Hotels.com Rewards from Hotels.comThis earns you one free night for every 10 nights you book via Hotels.com valued at the average price paid.  It is worth considering if you find that you stay across a variety of chains and cannot build up status or points with one in particular.

If you book via Hotels.com, you will not receive points or stay credit from the hotel as it is treated as a third-party stay.  Your status benefits may or may not be recognised depending on the property.   My full review of Hotels.com Rewards is here.

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Melia Rewards is the loyalty scheme for the Melia, ME, Sol, Tryp, Paradisus and INNSIDE brands.

Melia Rewards improved its Avios earning rate to 3 Avios per €1 spent in December 2017 as I explain here.

See this article for my overview of Melia Rewards

See this article for my discussion of the new benefits package launched in June 2015

See this article for details of how to receive a free 2-4-1 voucher each year

See this article for how to receive Melia Rewards Gold status via American Express Platinum

See this article for details of the discounts available via their SME programme

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Whilst not a mainstream global programme, Best Western has a large presence in the UK and receives some coverage on Head for Points.

You can earn a £20 Best Western gift card on your next stay at a UK property before 3rd September – see here for details.

From September 2017 you can collect Avios when staying at Best WesternThis article explains everything you need to know including how to get a status match from a competing hotel chain or via your Virgin Flying Club status.

If you are booking a Best Western, please consider clicking here to book via our link.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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Thistle Signature (and its sister scheme Guoman Signature) receives some coverage on Head for Points.

Thistle has now given up almost all of its hotels outside London.  The Signature loyalty scheme is currently suspended whilst the company develops a new programme more suited to its new focus as a London-only brand.

See this article for how you can stay at the Thistle Heathrow and use the driverless pods to reach Terminal 5.

If you are booking a Thistle or Guoman hotel, please consider clicking here for Thistle or clicking here for Guoman to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking. Thank you.

Wyndham Rewards


Wyndham Rewards is the largest hotel loyalty scheme in the world, in terms of hotels covered.  However, the chain has only a modest presence in the UK through Ramada and Days Inn.

This article is an overview of Wyndham Rewards, including a discussion of their UK hotels and an explanation of their revolutionary ‘flat pricing’ scheme for hotel redemptions.

If you are booking a Ramada, please consider clicking here to book via our link.  For Days Inn, click here.  We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.

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My Millennium is the loyalty programme for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.

My full review of the scheme can be found here.

If you are booking a Millennium or Copthorne hotel, please consider clicking here to book via our link. We earn a small commission on every booking.  Thank you.