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Hotel Points Matchup – Amsterdam

This article compares the price in points for a 5-night hotel stay in Amsterdam November 15-20, 2022 for 23 hotels among nearly 50 hotels in Amsterdam and around Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in Best Western Rewards, Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, IHG One Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy and Radisson Rewards hotel loyalty programs.

Only hotels showing at least a $200 savings compared to paying the best flexible cancellation rate are included based on the lowest rates available to buy hotel points at discount prices during periodic sales throughout the year.  More than half of the hotels surveyed for Amsterdam did not offer a $200 savings for a 5-night stay in this survey of November 15-20, 2022. The good news is 23 hotels in six different hotel loyalty programs offered a discount greater than $40 per night on a 5-night stay when paying for your hotel room using points.

There are multiple opportunities periodically throughout the year to buy points at a discount rate for hotel loyalty programs. U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways offers provided discounts on points with Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt to a very limited extent, IHG and Wyndham Rewards points. Marriott offered 20% discount gift cards.

Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Radisson and Wyndham offer bonus points or discount prices during periodic buying points promotional offers during the year.

Buy Hotel Points regular and discount prices

I find researching cities I’d like to visit and figuring our which hotel points offer the most value for my travel plans gives me a list specific hotels I keep in mind when thinking about buying hotel points and where to redeem them.

A snapshot of one city like Amsterdam for one set of dates is not enough data to make definitive comparisons between better and best hotel loyalty programs, but it is a start. Creating a thorough comparative analysis requires an enormous amount of data points. 

Shifting the dates in Amsterdam by a couple of weeks might result in very different numbers. A hotel chain that does not rank highly in this Amsterdam snapshot might be more favorably situated in a comparison of hotel rates on other dates and in other cities. 

The use of a 5-night stay gives the most favorable redemption conditions to Hilton and Marriott with their 5th night free rewards. Hilton Honors members must be at least Silver elite to redeem for a 5th night free award. IHG ranks even better than shown below if considering only a 4-night stay for members holding the IHG Chase Premier Mastercard with 4th night free benefit. Best Western, Hyatt and Radisson do not offer a free night on extended reward stays. 

While I calculated rates for 49 chain hotels in Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport I have only included hotels below where points save more than $200 for a 5-night flexible cancellation stay Tuesday, November 5 – Sunday November 20, 2022.

Best Western Rewards – Best Western Dam Square 

  • 2 Singles = 36,800 points per night.
  • 5-nights points rate = 184,000 points.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,098 EUR / $1,119 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,220 EUR / $1,243 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.50 per 1,000 points (annual Daily Getaways price) = $1,012 USD .
  • Savings using points = $107 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $231 compared to flexible rate.
  • 18.6% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $6.76 per 1,000 Best Western Rewards Points Redemption Value 

Hilton Honors – DoubleTree Amsterdam Centraal Station

  • Queen or 2 Singles = 60,000 points per night.
  • 5-nights points rate = 240,000 points with 5th night free for Honors elite members.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,804 EUR / $1,838 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 2,113 EUR / $2,153 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (Hilton buy points 100% bonus offer) = $1,200 USD .
  • Savings using points = $604 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $913 compared to flexible rate.
  • 44.3% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $8.97 per 1,000 Hilton Honors Points Redemption Value 

DoubleTree Amsterdam Centraal Station SkyLounge view on rainy early evening.

Hilton Honors – Hampton Amsterdam Arena Boulevard

  • Queen or 2 Singles = 41,000 points per night.
  • 5-nights points rate = 164,000 points.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 997 EUR / $1,016 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,180 EUR / $1,202 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (Hilton buy points 100% bonus offer) = $820 USD .
  • Savings using points = $196 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $382 compared to flexible rate.
  • 31.8% discount using points compared to flexible rate. 
  • $7.33 per 1,000 Hilton Honors Points Redemption Value 

Hilton Honors – Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

  • King or 2 Singles Atrium View = 60,000 points per night.
  • 5-nights points rate = 240,000 points.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,638 EUR / $1,669 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,798 EUR / $1,832 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (Hilton buy points 100% bonus offer) = $1,200 USD .
  • Savings using points = $469 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $632 compared to flexible rate.
  • 34.5% discount using points compared to flexible rate. 
  • $7.63 per 1,000 Hilton Honors Points Redemption Value 

World of Hyatt – Andaz Prinsengracht

  • King Atrium View = 21,000 points per night.
  • 5-nights points rate = 105,000 points.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 2,466 EUR / $2,512 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 2,594 EUR / $2,643 USD
  • Buy points rate at $16.80 per 1,000 points (Hyatt buy points 30% discount offer) = $1,764 USD .
  • Savings using points = $748 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $879 compared to flexible rate.
  • 33.3% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $25.17 per 1,000 World of Hyatt Points Redemption Value 

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht atrium.

World of Hyatt – Hyatt Regency Amsterdam

  • King or 2 Singles = 13,800 points per night.
  • 5-nights points rate = 69,000 points.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,559 EUR / $1,588 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,655 EUR / $1,696 USD
  • Buy points rate at $16.80 per 1,000 points (Hyatt buy points 30% discount offer) = $1,159 USD .
  • Savings using points = $429 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $537 compared to flexible rate.
  • 31.7% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $24.58 per 1,000 World of Hyatt Points Redemption Value 

Hyatt Regency Amsterdam veiled street lights

IHG One Rewards – Kimpton DeWitt Amsterdam

  • King Essential = 36,800 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights points rate = 184,000 points.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,470 EUR / $1,501 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,735 EUR / $1,771 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $920 USD .
  • Savings using points = $581 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $851 compared to flexible rate.
  • 48.1% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $9.63 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

IHG One Rewards – Holiday Inn Express City Hall

  • Double or 2 Singles = 29,200 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights points rate = 146,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,105 EUR / $1,128 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,250 EUR / $1,276 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $730 USD .
  • Savings using points = $398 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $546 compared to flexible rate.
  • 42.8% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $8.74 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

HIX Amsterdam City Hall room 5001 view.

IHG One Rewards – Holiday Inn Express North Riverside

  • Standard Room points rate = 17,000 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights points rate = 85,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 695 EUR / $710 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 815 EUR / $832 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $425 USD .
  • Savings using points = $285 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $407 compared to flexible rate.
  • 48.9% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $9.79 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

IHG One Rewards – Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam Sloterdijk

  • Double or 2 Singles points rate = 15,400 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights points rate = 77,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 600 EUR / $613 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 675 EUR / $689 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $385 USD .
  • Savings using points = $228 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $304 compared to flexible rate.
  • 44.1% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $8.95 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

IHG One Rewards – Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South

  • King or 2 Singles points rate = 32,600 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights points rate = 163,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,245 EUR / $1,271 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,455 EUR / $1,475 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $385 USD.
  • Savings using points = $456 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $660 compared to flexible rate.
  • 44.7% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $9.05 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

IHG One Rewards – Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam South

  • Queen or 2 Singles points rate = 25,000 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate..
  • 5-nights points rate = 125,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 955 EUR / $975 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,075 EUR / $1,097 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $625 USD.
  • Savings using points = $350 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $472 compared to flexible rate.
  • 43.0% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $8.78 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

IHG One Rewards – Holiday Inn Express Arena Towers

  • Double or 2 Singles points rate = 23,400 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate..
  • 5-nights points rate = 117,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,090 EUR / $1,117 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,210EUR / $1,235 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $585 USD.
  • Savings using points = $532 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $650 compared to flexible rate.
  • 52.6% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $10.56 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

IHG One Rewards – Holiday Inn Arena Towers

  • Queen or 2 Singles points rate = 23,200 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate..
  • 5-nights points rate = 116,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 975 EUR / $995 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,080 EUR / $1,103 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $580 USD.
  • Savings using points = $415 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $523 compared to flexible rate.
  • 47.4% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $9.51 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

IHG One Rewards – Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

  • 2 Singles points rate = 13,600 points per night with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate..
  • 5-nights points rate = 68,000 points with IHG Premier Mastercard 4th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 510 EUR / $521 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 610 EUR / $623 USD
  • Buy points rate at $5.00 per 1,000 points (IHG buy points 100% bonus offer) = $340 USD.
  • Savings using points = $181 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $283 compared to flexible rate.
  • 45.4% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $9.16 per 1,000 IHG Points Redemption Value 

W Amsterdam

Marriott Bonvoy – W Amsterdam

  • Cozy Exchange King Atrium View points rate = 70,000 points per night 
  • 5-nights points rate = 280,000 points 5th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 2,784 EUR / $2,842 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 2,875 EUR / $2,975 USD
  • Buy points rate at $8.33/1,000 during 50% bonus points offer = $2,332 USD.
  • Savings using points = $510 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $643 compared to flexible rate.
  • 21.6% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $10.63 per 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points Redemption Value 

Marriott Bonvoy – Apollo Amsterdam, A Tribute Hotel

  • Deluxe King or 2 Singles points rate = 40,000 points per night 
  • 5-nights points rate = 160,000 points 5th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,397 EUR / $1,426 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,642 EUR / $1,676 USD
  • Buy points rate at $8.33/1,000 during 50% bonus points offer = $1,333 USD.
  • Savings using points = $93 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $343 compared to flexible rate.
  • 20.5% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $10.48 per 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points redemption value.

Marriott Bonvoy – Element Amsterdam

  • Superior Studio King High Floor points rate = 30,000 points per night 
  • 5-nights points rate = 120,000 points 5th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,174 EUR / $1,199 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,312 EUR / $1,339 USD
  • Buy points rate at $8.33/1,000 during 50% bonus points offer = $1,000 USD.
  • Savings using points = $199 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $339 compared to flexible rate.
  • 25.3% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $11.16 per 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points redemption value.

Marriott Bonvoy – Courtyard Amsterdam Arena Atlas

  • Deluxe King or 2 Singles points rate = 30,000 points per night 
  • 5-nights points rate = 120,000 points 5th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,076 EUR / $1,098 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,264 EUR / $1,290 USD
  • Buy points rate at $8.33/1,000 during 50% bonus points offer = $1,000 USD.
  • Savings using points = $98 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $290 compared to flexible rate.
  • 22.5% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $10.75 per 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points redemption value.

Marriott Bonvoy – Sheraton Amsterdam Airport

  • Deluxe King or 2 Singles points rate = 37,000 to 40,000 points per night 
  • 5-nights points rate = 158,000 points 5th night free rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,522 EUR / $1,544 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,690 EUR / $1,725 USD
  • Buy points rate at $8.33/1,000 during 50% bonus points offer = $1,316 USD.
  • Savings using points = $228 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $409 compared to flexible rate.
  • 23.7% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $10.92 per 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points redemption value.

Sheraton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Radisson Rewards – Radisson Blu Amsterdam City Center

  • Standard Room points rate = 75,000 points per night 
  • 5-nights points rate = 375,000 points rate.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,595 EUR / $1,625 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,709 EUR / $1,741 USD
  • Buy points rate at $3.50/1,000 during 100% bonus points offer = $1,316 USD.
  • Savings using points = $313 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $428 compared to flexible rate.
  • 24.6% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $4.64 per 1,000 Radisson Rewards Points Redemption Value.

Radisson Blu Amsterdam City Centre rooms are located in two buildings across street from each other.

Radisson Rewards – art’otel Amsterdam

  • King or 2 Singles points rate = 75,000 points per night 
  • 5-nights points rate = 375,000 points.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,693 EUR / $1,725 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,914 EUR / $1,950 USD
  • Buy points rate at $3.50/1,000 during 100% bonus points offer = $1,313 USD.
  • Savings using points = $412 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $637 compared to flexible rate.
  • 32.7% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $5.20 per 1,000 Radisson Rewards Points Redemption Value.

Radisson Rewards – Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam

  • Deluxe Queen or 2 Singles Points+Cash rate = 20,000 points per night + 121 EUR.  
  • 5-nights Points+Cash rate = 100,000 points + 729 EUR/$743 USD.
  • 5-nights room rate nonrefundable = 1,060 EUR / $1,080 USD
  • 5-nights room rate flexible cancellation = 1,402 EUR / $1,428 USD
  • Buy 100,000 points at $3.50/1,000 during 100% bonus points offer = $350 USD + $743 = $1,093.
  • Savings using points = $0 compared to no refund rate.
  • Savings using points = $335 compared to flexible rate.
  • 23.5% discount using points compared to flexible rate.
  • $6.85 per 1,000 Radisson Rewards Points Redemption Value.

Park Plaza Amsterdam Vondelpark ‘Do Not Disturb’ door sign

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Thanks Rick. In this post and many others, you offer perhaps the most valuable and analytical approach to redeeming points for hotel stays of any source, bar none. The work you put in to these posts shows. And you don’t shill credit cards (as far as I can tell). So, not just for this post but for all the posts you have done like this over the many years I have been reading your stuff, thank you!

  2. Waldorf Amsterdam
    Nonrefundable rate $1,014/night and $5,425 for 5-night stay.
    Flexible rate $1,170/night and $6,259 for 5-night stay.
    Points rate 1,708,000 for 5-night stay with 5th night free = $8,540 for 5-night stay.

    As I said in post, of 49 hotels in these loyalty programs there were only 23 offering $200 or more savings on a 5-night stay using points.

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