Accor Hotels (the group that includes Sofitel, Novotel, Raffles and Fairmont among many others) is currently offering a very good deal for Avios collectors staying at one or more of its properties through 15 July 2019.
Joanna and I have recently returned from a trip to Australia where we stayed at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel for 5 nights. I made the award night booking back in 2018 and when I received my suite night upgrades (courtesy of my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status) I applied five of them to this stay.
There was a time where the best rate guarantees offered by the big hotel chains were a valuable tool in getting great deals but over the past few years most programs have watered down their guarantees to such an extent that they're not often worth very much (some don't seem to be worth anything at all).
It looks like Marriott has taken a further leaf out of Starwood's playbook by launching a points promotion in which it is offering Bonvoy points for sale at a 25% discount to their regular price.
Hilton is back with another points sale and just like its first promotion of 2019 it's offering a bonus of up to 100%. This time around the maximum bonus is available on all points purchases of 5,000 points or more and that's just about as good as Hilton points sales get.
IHG Rewards has rolled out its latest points sale in which it's offering members a chance to earn a bonus of up to 80% on points purchases made by the end of business on 1 May 2019.
Over the past year Hyatt has been doing a good job of expanding the opportunities available to its World of Hyatt members by adding a significant number Small Luxury Hotel (SLH) properties to the list of hotels at which members can earn and burn Hyatt points....and now the expansion continues.
If you're a Marriott loyalist, are thinking of booking a stay in the UK and haven't been put off by all the nonsense Bonvoy members have been putting up with since the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (a suffering now known as 'being Bonvoyed'), you may wish to consider this offer for stays in London.
Today is the final day to make the most of an IHG Flash Sale which has been running since the beginning of the week. The opportunity to buy up to 200,000 IHG Rewards points at 0.5 cents each ends at midnight Eastern Time tonight.
As IHG has been devaluing its points on a yearly basis and, more recently, has appeared to significantly devalue its PointBreaks deals as well, I've been spending a lot less time at IHG properties and, as a result, I gave up my InterContinental Ambassador status in May 2018....but now I think I may want it back.