The capital of England and the U.K. is likely one of the first cities a first-time international traveler from the U.S. will visit. London is an old city that mixes the old with the new well. From sightseeing to Michelin-starred restaurants to the finest historic hotels, London is a fun place to visit.
Iconic sights to consider seeing include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Thames River, London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, the British Museum, National Gallery, Covent Garden, Soho, Trafalgar Square, and Hyde Park.
There is no shortage of hotels that you can book with points in London. As we showed in our New York City and Washington, D.C. articles, big cities tend to have loads of hotels that can be booked with points.
With this article, we evaluated 41 hotels across the 4 major hotel brands of Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott. We are using a cents per point value to show the return that you can receive with your points.
If you’re curious on how much points are worth across different issuers, explore our values to each program’s points to help make sense of those points’ value.
Best Value London Hotels
With the goals of this article and the background on our methodology out of the way, let’s highlight the 10 best London hotels that you can book with points.
Travelers who are interested in a short walk to Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and Hyde Park may want to stay at the Flemings Mayfair. This hotel has 2 restaurants, a bar, a lounge, and a gym for its hotel guests to use.
25,000 World of Hyatt points per night books you an award stay at the Flemings Mayfair. Cash rates during the peak travel months over the summer average $568 per night resulting in more than 2 cents per point in value.
Hyatt Points Required: 25,000
June-September Rate: $568
Points Value: 2.3 cents per point
Bottom Line: The Flemings Mayfair is part of the Small Luxury Hotels brand that is now available to book with your World of Hyatt points.
The St. James’s Hotel and Club is a Victorian-style hotel that dates back to 1857. There’s a French/British restaurant, a bar, and a bistro available to hotel guests.
This hotel averages $548 per night during the peak travel months of June-September. An award night can be booked with 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night, which results in more than 2 cents per point in value.
Hyatt Points Required: 25,000
June-September Rate: $548
Points Value: 2.2 cents per point
Bottom Line: St. James’s Hotel and Club is another Small Luxury Hotel that can now be booked with World of Hyatt points.
In the Chelsea neighborhood is where you’ll find The Franklin, set in a row of Victorian townhouses. Amenities available to guests include an Italian restaurant, a bar, a hammam, and a gym.
You should have no problem receiving more than 2 cents per point at the Franklin as the hotel averages $539 per night during peak travel dates. An award night can be booked with 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
Hot Tip: Of all of the hotels we cover in this series, The Franklin is the first hotel with a hammam.
Hyatt Points Required: 25,000
June-September Rate: $539
Points Value: 2.2 cents per point
Just a short walk from Soho is The London EDITION. This hotel is located in a row of townhouses with amenities that include a British restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a nightclub, and a gym.
The London EDITION can be booked starting at 60,000 Marriott points per night. Cash rates during peak travel dates average more than $700 per night, which means your points are worth more than 1 cent per point.
Marriott Points Required: From 60,000
June-September Rate: $740
Points Value: 1.3 cents per point
Just off of Hyde Park is the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in the Mayfair neighborhood. As a hotel guest, you’ll have access to 2 restaurants, a coffee shop, 2 bars, a gym, and a hair salon.
This hotel can be booked with a minimum of 60,000 Marriott points per night or $686 per night during peak travel dates. As a result, you can receive more than 1 cent per point value.
Marriott Points Required: From 60,000
June-September Rate: $686
Points Value: 1.2 cents per point
Hot Tip: JW Marriott Grosvenor House is one of the best JW Marriott hotels to book with points.
If you want to see Kensington Palace and Hyde Park, the Park Tower Knightsbridge is in a fantastic location. On property, amenities include a lounge, a bar, and a cigar bar.
Cash rates during peak travel dates average $746 per night. If you want to use your Marriott points, a minimum of 70,000 points per night books you an award stay. This means your points will be worth more than 1 cent per point.
Marriott Points Required: From 70,000
June-September Rate: $746
Points Value: 1.1 cents per point
Hot Tip: Our Ultimate Travel Guide to London covers every aspect of visiting London from tourist attractions and getting around to green spaces, markets, and the best views.
Between Hyde Park and Green Park is the InterContinental London Park Lane, one of the best InterContinental hotel redemptions you’ll find. This hotel offers 2 restaurants, a cocktail bar, a spa, and a gym.
The InterContinental London Park Lane can be booked with 70,000 IHG One Rewards points per night. Guests will receive 0.7 cents per point in value as cash rates average $503 per night during the peak summer travel months.
IHG Points Required: 70,000
June-September Rate: $503
Points Value: 0.7 cents per point
Similar to InterContinental London Park Lane, London Hilton on Park Lane is also located between Green Park and Hyde Park. Amenities include a French restaurant, a Polynesian-inspired bar and grill, a British restaurant, a gym, and a spa.
You can book the London Hilton on Park Lane with 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night. Peak travel cash rates average $538 per night resulting in your points being worth 0.7 cents per point.
Hilton Points Required: 80,000
June-September Rate: $538
Points Value: 0.7 cents per point
Hotel Indigo London is an upscale hotel on Leicester Square. Hotel guests have access to amenities including a rooftop restaurant (no alcohol) and a cocktail bar.
The Hotel Indigo London averages $476 per night. An award night can be booked using 60,000 IHG One Rewards points per night. This means that your points are worth 0.6 cents per point.
IHG Points Required: 60,000
June-September Rate: $476
Points Value: 0.6
Hot Tip: Make sure you know the best ways to fly to London with points and miles so you don’t end up paying a ton of cash for taxes and fees!
Overlooking Grosvenor Square is The Biltmore Mayfair. As a guest at this hotel, you’ll have access to a fine dining restaurant, a terrace cocktail bar, and a gym.
Cash rates at The Biltmore Mayfair average $514 per night. 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night books an award stay at this hotel. This results in your points being worth 0.5 cents per point.
Hilton Points Required: 95,000
June-September Rate: $514
Points Value: 0.5 cents per point
Hot Tip: One of the best ways to see London is through a guided tour. We detail the best tours and activities in London, from Harry Potter to Downton Abbey and more, including walking and bus tours.
Earn Hotel Points to Redeem in London
Now that we know the best London hotels that you can book with points, it’s important to dive into how to earn the points that you need. Let’s start with the World of Hyatt program and work our way through Marriott Bonvoy, IHG Rewards, and Hilton Honors.
World of Hyatt
The World of Hyatt Credit Card
The World of Hyatt Credit Card is a card that every Hyatt elite and road warrior should have in their wallet. It comes with a $95 annual fee that’s easily offset with the benefits and perks.
What if you are not a World of Hyatt elite and/or road warrior? Should the Hyatt Credit Card be in your wallet? Is it a card to hold onto over the long-term? We feel strongly the answer is yes!
As a new cardmember, you’ll receive a substantial signup bonus and the following benefits:
- Up to 9x points at Hyatt — 4x points per $1 at Hyatt plus 5x base points per $1 as a Hyatt member
- 1 free night at a category 1-4 property after your cardmember anniversary
- 1 additional free night at a category 1-4 property after spending $15,000 during your cardmember year
- 5 elite night qualifying credits
- 2 additional elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on the card
- Discoverist status as long as you have the card
As you can see, the Hyatt Credit Card is not your average hotel credit card. With the 1 category 1-4 free night certificate that comes with the card after your cardmember anniversary, you can easily offset the $95 annual fee. Simply redeem the certificate for a hotel that costs at least $95 per night, and you will come out ahead in terms of the annual fee.
What differentiates the Hyatt Credit Card is that it’s a card to put your spend on. With every $5,000 that you spend on the card, you will receive 2 elite night credits. If you want to earn the coveted Globalist status, 2 elite night credits per $5,000 in spending goes a long way.
Heavy spenders can also benefit from this card. If you spend $15,000 on the card, you will earn 1 additional category 1-4 free night certificate. This certificate is in addition to the free award night certificate you will earn by being a cardmember. That’s potentially 2 category 1-4 certificates to redeem!
Hot Tip: If you’re a small business owner, consider signing up for the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, which offers big earning potential and an easier path to Globalist status.
World of Hyatt Award Chart
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Other Ways to Earn World of Hyatt Points
The Hyatt Credit Card is the easiest way to earn points on stays at Hyatt hotels. You will earn 9x points at Hyatt — 5x points as a member plus 4x points from the Hyatt Credit Card.
Hyatt is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards travel partner. Similar to its airline partners, you can transfer Chase points directly to Hyatt. There are several Chase cards out there so it is fairly easy to generate World of Hyatt points via Chase point transfers.
Chase has 3 Ultimate Rewards cards in the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, and Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card. These cards earn Chase points with your spending that can then be transferred directly to Hyatt.
There are also Chase credit cards that earn cash back instead of points. If you hold an Ultimate Rewards card, the cash-back earned from the Chase Freedom®, (no longer open to new applicants), Chase Freedom Flex℠, Chase Freedom Unlimited®, Ink Business Cash® Credit Card, and Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card can be converted to Chase points.
Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards
The Marriott Bonvoy program offers 4 co-branded credit cards. Each card is geared towards a different type of traveler. Here are the Marriott credit cards that you can apply for:
Marriott Bonvoy Award Chart
Marriott, like Hilton and IHG, uses dynamic pricing for its reward redemptions. This means that the amount of points you’ll pay per night will depend on demand.
Other Ways to Earn Marriott Points
Spending on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards is the easiest way to earn Marriott points. Another way to earn Marriott points is to stay at Marriott Bonvoy hotels. As a Marriott Bonvoy member, you will earn 10 points per $1 spent. Depending on which Marriott Bonvoy elite tier member you are, you will earn 10-75% bonus points during your stay.
American Express and Chase are Marriott transfer partners. This means that Amex and Chase points can be transferred directly to Marriott. However, we recommend that you transfer Amex and Chase points to their high-value airline (and hotel with Hyatt and Chase) partners instead.
IHG One Rewards
IHG Rewards Credit Cards
Chase is the credit card issuer of IHG credit cards. These cards are subject to the infamous Chase 5/24 rule, so you will want to do some research to determine your eligibility. The 3 IHG credit cards that are available to new applications are:
The IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card, previously called the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card (no longer open to new applicants), is currently offering a monster welcome offer. Concerning credit card perks, IHG elite status, the annual certificate for a property requiring up to 40,000 points per night, and a reward night free on an eligible award booking are reasons to apply for this card.
The IHG® Rewards Traveler Credit Card is another co-branded card issued by Chase. The ability to earn additional points at IHG properties (in addition to bonuses on monthly bills, gas stations, and restaurants) are the reasons to apply for this card. Another perk of the IHG Traveler card is the ability to get automatic IHG Silver Elite status.
IHG One Rewards Award Chart
IHG now uses dynamic award pricing, and as a result, there is no longer a published award chart. The number of points required to book a room will fluctuate, so the only way to know how many points you will need per hotel is by running an award search.
Other Ways to Earn IHG One Rewards Points
The 2 easiest ways to earn IHG One Rewards points are to put your spending on IHG credit cards and stays at IHG hotels. Another way to earn IHG One Rewards points is to transfer Chase points directly to IHG. We do not recommend that you make this transfer, and instead, redeem Chase points with its more valuable airline and hotel partners.
Hilton Honors Credit Cards
Hilton incentivizes new credit card signups by offering large signup bonuses and free weekend night certificates for a standard room. The cards that offer certificates do come with annual fees, however, it is easy to offset these fees by redeeming the certificate.
The Hilton Aspire card is the premium credit card in the Hilton credit card family. As a cardmember, you will receive a free weekend night certificate. A weekend night certificate can be earned on the Hilton Surpass card after spending $15,000 in a calendar year on this card.
The Hilton Business Amex card is yet another Amex card that allows you to earn a weekend night certificate after $15,000 spending in a cardmember. Big spenders can earn an additional free weekend night certificate by spending an additional $45,000 in a calendar year and top-tier Diamond status after $40,000 in a calendar year.
Hot Tip: If you are looking for a deep dive on American Express Hilton Honors credit cards, check out our Amex Hilton Honors credit cards article.
Hilton Honors Award Chart
Hilton does not use an award chart and instead uses dynamic award pricing. We have found that the Points Explorer tool is a helpful way to see the number of points you will need per night.
Enter your destination in the Where do you want to go? search bar. Then enter the number of points that you have in the How many Points per night are you working with? scroll bar. Last, the search results will show you how many points you will need to book a hotel in that area.
Other Ways to Earn Hilton Honors Points
If you want to pad your Hilton balance, earning Hilton Honors points from its credit cards is an easy way to make this happen. Hilton cards offer 3x to 14x points in spending categories like airfare, grocery stores, Hilton purchases, and restaurants.
Additional ways to earn Hilton Honors points are to pay for cash stays at Hilton properties, take Lyft rides, and transfer American Express points. Concerning Amex transfers to Hilton, we do not recommend transferring Amex points to Hilton and instead recommend transferring points to the Amex airline partners.
As is the case with any major city, a trip to London will not be cheap. However, 1 way to keep your expenses in check is by using points for your hotel stays. In this article, we showed that you can receive between 0.5-2.3 cents per point in value with hotel points. That’s awesome news as you can stay in a variety of properties across all of the major hotel brands in prime London locations.
The information about the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card and Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
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