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My Millennium Guide - great hotels in a simple program

by Neil McPherson

Originally published 23 October 2019.
Last updated 28 May 2023.

This guide is based on the current My Millennium Terms and Conditions dated 14th April 2022

Millennium Hotels & Resorts is possibly the simplest points-earning hotel rewards program

Undoubtedly, many travel loyalty programs are becoming more complex and difficult to find value without a lot of work. Many programs have multiple "elite status" levels, each with varying entitlements to benefits (eg) room upgrades or complimentary breakfast.

Imagine a simpler program where all benefits are accessible to any member, based purely on their loyalty to the hotel program (paid nights stayed).

Let's take a closer look at My Millennium.

All about Millennium Hotels & Resorts (MHR) and the My Millennium guest reward program

Table of Contents

Millennium brands and their positioning
Geographic spread of Millennium Hotels
My Millennium Elite Tiers & Benefits
Earning My Millennium points
Retaining My Millennium points
Redeeming your My Millennium points
Program partners of My Millennium
My Millennium member only offers
Special features of the My Millennium program
What does My Millennium offer business owners?
Best use of My Millennium points
Conclusions about My Millennium
Applying to join My Millennium
My Millennium FAQ

MHR brands and their positioning

MHR has a range of brands, covering the range from midscale to upper-upscale. It lacks a brand at the very top end, but otherwise spans the market quite well, with little confusion as to which brand fits where in the marketplace.

Table 1 - MHR brands and approximate alignment with some competitor brands:

Company Luxury Upper upscale Upscale Upper midscale
AccorHotels Sofitel, Fairmont, Raffles Swissôtel, Grand Mercure
Pullman, MGallery, The Sebel, Adagio Premium
Suite Novotel, Adagio, 
Mama Shelter
Best Western Hotels
WorldHotels Best Western Premier, Vībe, BW Premier Collection
Best Western Plus, Executive Residency by Best Western
Hilton Worldwide Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hotels
Hilton, DoubleTree, 
Canopy by Hilton, 
Curio Collection
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, 
Home2 Suites
Hyatt Hotels Corporation Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Hotels, Andaz Hyatt Place, Hyatt House Hotels, Hyatt Centric   
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Six Senses, InterContinental, Regent  Crowne Plaza, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Select, HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts

Holiday Inn
Meliá Hotels International Gran Meliá, ME by Meliá, Paradisus
Meliá, Innside
Marriott International Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari Hotels, Edition Hotels, JW Marriott Hotels, St. Regis, Luxury Collection
Renaissance Hotels, Marriott, Autograph Collection, Delta, Marriott Executive Apartment, Gaylord Hotels, W Hotels, Design Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Tribute Portfolio
AC Hotels, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft Hotels, Element Hotels MOXY Hotels, Protea Hotels, 
TownePlace Suites
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

Grand Millennium Hotels
Millennium Hotels, 
Grand Copthrone Hotels
Copthorne Hotels, M Hotels

Source: extract from

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Geographic Spread of Millennium Hotels & Resorts

MHR's portfolio of properties consist of both urban hotels and resorts, spread globally, but with concentration in the Middle East (57 properties), New Zealand (18 properties) and England (23, including 6 in London alone). The US has its 14 properties spread across multiple cities, but more are closer to the east coast than the west coast. The Middle East is the region with the greatest number of properties.

This concentration of locations is useful if your travel stays are concentrated in the same regions, but also makes it difficult to earn points from stays, if they are not.

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My Millennium Elite Membership Tiers & Benefits

My Millennium (the new loyalty program of the Millennium hotel chain, replacing the Millennium and Copthorne Loyalty Club) was launched in March 2019. Compared to its predecessor, the programme has been significantly revamped - both simplified and enhanced. 

Prior to April 2022, the loyalty scheme had a single tier membership. Folk were either non-members, or they all shared the one membership tier. From 19 April 2022, a new Prestige membership tier was introduced, with additional benefits.

Benefits of being a My Millennium member

Prestige Tier Status

After stays totalling 10 nights stays in a calendar year, a member attains Prestige status, (T&C 7.1)which opens up additional benefits such as (T&C 2):

Note that you must show your membership card at check-in and any redemptions for Instant Rewards must be confirmed then too.

Prestige tier status must be earned each year and the upgraded status applies from the time of upgrade to December 31st of the following year.

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Earning rewards points ("My Points")

Rewards points must be earned via spending on eligible spending at a participating hotels, or purchases made in the online store. Unlike many other programs, points cannot be purchased. Payment for the room must be made by the member.

Payment for the following will not earn points (T&C 1):

My Points are not awarded for (i) hotel stays for which frequent flyer programme miles are earned and vice versa; (ii) bookings made through online travel agents (Expedia, etc); (iii) items redeemed using My Points.

My Points cannot be claimed for stays made prior to membership.

Each (qualifying) stay at a participating property earns 10 points per USD spent on the base room rate.  An additional 5 points per USD are earned by Prestige tier members.  

Incidentals spending at a participating property earns 4 points per USD spent.

Points are not earned on bookings made through an online agency (Expedia, etc), but are earned for booking made through Travel Advisors.

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Retaining My Millennium points

Points expire on the anniversary of the end of the month in which they were earned (eg MyMillennium points from a hotel stay on July 5th will expire at midnight on July 31st of the following year).

There is no ability to refresh or extend the expiry date (T&C 4.2) so it is a "hard" expiry. 

There is the ability to request Customer Service to (at their discretion) transfer points to another member. So another family member may be able to use those points before they expire. It's not explicitly stated (in T&C 4.2), but I suspect the expiry date transfers with the points (ie they are not "refreshed" by the transfer).

Accounts with no activity for 24 continuous months or more can be closed (and any residual points forfeited) at the discretion of MHR. 

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Redeeming My Millennium points

Members may redeem their My Points for My Rewards online by login in their member's account. Such redemptions may be made for a hotel room stay at Participating Hotels or Redemption Partners’ vouchers and/or MHR Group vouchers(T&C 6.2).

Free nights at a participating property are redeemed at a fixed value of USD 5 per thousand points.

My Points may also be redeemed for the following Millennium guest rewards ("My Rewards"), for an enhanced stay experience (T&C 6.2):

Points can be used for purchases in the My Millennium Mall which provides access to Uber, Spotify and country-specific retailers such M&S and Macy's. This is a lower value use of your points (approx USD 4 per thousand points) and should only be used if you have no chance of using them as part of a stay (or transferring them to someone else who can).

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My Millennium Program partners provide alternative rewards

There are 3 airlines as program partners Air New Zealand, JAL and Singapore Airlines.

Points earned cannot be transferred to airlines' mileage programs (the way say Marriott Bonvoy allows), but airline miles can be earned instead of points as rewards for a stay.

The amount of points is fixed per stay (nb not per night) but the amount varies across airline programs.


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Special features of the My Millennium program

There are a few special features, some of which are quite unique.


The latter two features are quite unique and generous. You can imagine that staying 10 nights through a year, especially with a couple of them during a birthday month you could comfortably earn at least one free night each year, or a room upgrade for a longer paid stay.

Combining this idea with the points transfer feature if you and your partner are both members makes this even easier.

Even if you can only manage say two nights in both birthday months, the points earned could be sufficient to cover one breakfast on a paid stay (only a benefit on other programs if you have at least "Gold" status - Elite Tier 2).

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Are there My Millennium member-only offers?

YYes. Usually quite generous too.

There are My Millennium offers based on the regional locations and there are other periodic promotions that members receive via email. 

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Does Millennium offer a program for business owners?

Yes. The Millennium for Business ("M4B") program is designed for business owners and offers:

To be eligible, you must have a business registration (eg for VAT in the UK, ABN in Australia, NZBN in New Zealand). If you do, then applying for membership of Millennium for Business is very straightforward. It has its own User Guide .

There is also the My Millennium PRO program for Corporate Bookers.

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Best use of My Points

points N places logo for travel tips Tip: When making any bookings on MHR's website, compare using different currencies. The cash price changes with different currencies, but so do the points prices. Setting the currency to USD or GBP seems to provide the lowest points requirements. AUD and other currencies resulted in higher points required for the same stay.

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Observations - My Millennium

If your work or leisure travel patterns mean that you can stay 10 nights or more in participating properties, you should be able to qualify for at least one complimentary night with Millennium Hotels and Resorts. This is a yield of 10% or more based on comparable paid and free stays - well in excess of what is typical of other global hotel chains' loyalty programs.

The main limitations are that:

  1. points cannot be purchased
  2. the limited size footprint means that not everyone will be able to enjoy 10 nights within a single year at properties.

Combined, they make it hard for some folk to earn sufficient points for a free night, so their points will expire if not used for "Instant Rewards" on a paid stay (room upgrades, breakfast etc).

Access to these rewards is still far easier than via large programs with "elite tiers" of membership. You can use My Points to transform a paid stay into something with similar benefits/entitlements to those of a Gold member on other programs (while a couple of other programs require 15 nights, most require 30 nights or more before qualifying for these benefits).

For business owners, Millennium for Business may be an especially sweet spot. You receive a specially discounted room rate and regardless of points earned, your travellers will receive guaranteed room upgrades - a very valuable benefit, given many programs don't guarantee upgrades for anyone other than their highest elite membership tier(s). Points earnt can be used instead for breakfast or meal discounts, making for very cost-effective and comfortable stays.

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Conclusions - My Millennium

Despite being a revenue-based points program, My Millennium offers good value for all members through its single-tier design and generous special features.

Loyal members who are able to utilise the properties on a regular basis will do very well under this program, with its relatively low number of required nights to earn one complimentary night. The birthday bonus of triple points for all members and guaranteed room upgrades for business owners registered with Millennium for Business make this a very attractive alternative to larger programs. You can receive benefits normally reserved for upper tier members of those programs at far lower cost - as long as the locations suit your travel patterns.

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How to join My Millennium

It is easy to open an account as an individual - just apply for membership of My Millennium.

If you are an owner of a registered business, you will gain even more benefits by also applying for membership of Millennium for Business.

Note that:

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    FAQ - My Millennium

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