This is the second installment in a series of posts trying to find suitable European accommodations for a family of four while using hotel points. OK, let’s get down to business. London is actually not a bad place in this respect. There are several decent, central options. Without further ado:
An update: You will no longer get “second night free” perk after May 31st, 2015 That makes these redemptions a bit steep, though could make sense in high season or during holidays.
This is probably your best bet for London. If you plan to go there, get US Bank Club Carlson Signature Visa card! It doesn’t pay me commission, so, please, support another blogger.
There are two excellent choices to consider:
For 62,500 points, you can get a studio that fits 2 adults and 1 child over 12 years of age (or 2 under 12). The rate in June was 207 pounds (about $320) per night. It’s a steal on points, especially if you get a second night free with US bank Club Carlson credit card.
The cost is also 62,500 points for a studio, or 200 pounds per night. Also a very good choice that’s located opposite from London Eye. The reviews are excellent. It fits 4, as long as both kids are under 12 years of age.
Not many choices here. There is one possible option, but the cost is 45,000 points per night. The rate in June was 253 pounds per night, so not a bad value if you have a huge stash of points. This would be a good place to use your Chase IHG MasterCard annual renewal certificates or free nights from IHG promos. The rooms can fit 4 (no age restrictions) and have 2 double beds, so it can be a bit cramped.
The only reasonable award option is a hotel by the airport that costs 30,000 points, or 89 pounds, per night. Not a great value, but could be a good option if you have an early flight out of Gatwick airport. The rooms have a queen bed and a sofa and can fit four.
There were a couple of possible options, but the one that stood out to me offered a 1-bedroom suite that could be booked for 25,000 points. The quoted rate was ridiculous at 399 pounds per night. However, on points, it’s not such a bad deal.
I wouldn’t purchase Choice points at the full cost of 1.1 cents, but you may want to keep this hotel in mind when/if DailyGetaways promotion returns next year. If you could acquire them at 37 cents each, it would make this hotel run about $92.50 per night, a steal for London, especially since you would get a 1-bedroom suite.
What about other programs?
Hyatt once again didn’t return anything that could fit 4 in one room. Marriott had some hotels bookable on points, but they required expensive upgrade certificates. An update: Please, read the comment by my reader Eric on his experience with Marriott properties in London. He mentioned that he emailed the hotel and was able to get a room (without surcharge) that accommodated 4, including his 2 kids.
All in all, London does have some decent options through Club Carlson, IHG and Choice programs. Since vacation rentals are exorbitantly expensive, this is a place where using hotel points for a family of 4 could make a lot of sense.
Readers, do you see anything worthwhile?
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