London Olympics 2012: Use Your Reward Points to Score a Room
By Mommy Points
There’s only a little time left until the Olympic torch reaches London and marks the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics, so it isn’t surprising that hotel prices in London this summer are high. Not only is the British pound a pretty strong currency against many other currencies (such as the US dollar) but demand is obviously higher than normal because of the Olympics. You could say that the whole world is converging upon London!
However, if you collect miles and points from your travels, or even just through your credit card spending, you can still use those points to book some free rooms in London during the Olympics. There are several very nice hotels in London that still have standard reward night availability from July 27 – Aug. 12 when the Olympics are in full force. In fact, using your hotel points for free nights when the going rate is very expensive, such as during the Olympics, is actually the best way to redeem them. It ensures you are getting the best value for your hard-earned points.
Here is a small sampling of hotels in London that can still be booked for points during the Olympics (as of 6/26/12):
July 27: Sheraton Heathrow Hotel for 7,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points.
July 30: Holiday Inn: London – Mayfair for 25,000 Priority Club points or 15,000 Priority Club points + $70 USD
July 31: May Fair Hotel for 50,000 Club Carlson points.
Aug. 1: Crowne Plaza: London – The City for 35,000 Priority Club points or 25,000 Priority Club points + $70 USD
Aug. 2: Andaz Liverpool for 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.
Aug. 4: Hilton London Hyde Park Hotel for 50,000 Hilton HHonors points.
Aug. 8: Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex House for 50,000 Club Carlson points.
Aug. 12: London Marriott Park Lane for 40,000 Marriott points.
While the search was for 1-night stays for the purpose of this sampling, many of these hotels have multiple night rewards stays available during the Olympics. Keep in mind that not all hotel points are created equally, so 50,000 points with one chain isn’t necessarily a better or worse deal than 25,000 points with another chain. Several of these hotels had going rates over £300 to £400 GBP per night, so being able to redeem hotel points in order to avoid paying a very high nightly rate is fantastic.
Let the games (and points redemptions) begin!