[It Appears the Deal Has Ended! It was quite a run! Looks like thousands of people got free rooms. We will leave the post up so we can discuss how things go but please be advised you no longer seem to receive the free points for signing up. ]

Melia Rewards is currently offering 12k free points just for signing up (these points cannot be transfer/exchanged to other programs.) The promotion runs until April 30, or until the allotted points run out. It is safe to assume they will run out of points first.

Click HERE to sign up an account and automatically receive the 12k points.  The promotion page is HERE.

This is one of the best promotions we have seen all year. Legitimate free hotel rooms are rare and Melia has decent quality properties in dozens of locations.  A couple traveling together could each sign-up and have a nice 4 day getaway to Egypt. It is a straightforward promotion that is quick to do, making this easy to pass along to friends and family. Points redemption doesn’t even require a deposit/credit card so there is little risk to booking.

The promotion itself has been mentioned elsewhere but has been misunderstood, explaining the offer as only giving bonus points for booking, or focusing on the cash+points option that gives a ~$16 discount for using 2k points.

The real deal here is:

1: New accounts immediately receive 12k points after signing up.
2: Melia will allow you to use these points for a single-day booking.
3: 12k points are more than enough to book a free night.
4: Higher quality hotels are available for almost free. If the hotel you want is more than 12k points select cash+2k points. At the 2nd to last booking step (where you enter your personal data) there is a sliding bar for the amount of melia rewards you want to redeem. Move it over from 2k to 12k and you just saved yourself quite a bit of money. Example: Melia Atlanta for 12k points+$21.

Below is an incomplete listing of good cheap hotels and below that free hotels.  Clicking will take you to the TripAdvisor reviews. Prices will vary based on dates so list inclusion only means we confirmed cheap/free rooms were possible.

Cheap: Worldwide!!!! Below are a couple examples. There are opportunities everywhere. USA/China/Malaysia/France/ Germany/Italy etc.  Check your cities and dates on the website. 
Melia Atlanta $21     Melia Orlando 1 Bedroom Suite $87     Gran Melia Puerto Rico Golf Resort Junior Suite $81 
Melia Alexander Paris! $94     Melia Jinan China $6     Gran Melia Xian China $60  Melia Bali $38   Sol beach House Benoa Bali $9


Spain: A lot of additional hotels are available on Melia.
Tryp Madrid Airport Suites     Tryp Madrid Gran Via     Tryp Leganes     Tryp Madrid Chamartin     Tryp Madrid Chamberi
Tryp Madrid Alcala 611     Tryp Madrid Washington 

Spain Majorca:
Tryp Palma Bosque     Sol Cala d’Or Apartemntos     Sol Trinidad     Sol Alcudia Center Hotel Apartamentos      Sol Kathmandu Park&Resort 

Melia Sharm     Sol Cyrene (All inclusive for 9k points)     Sol Sharm (All inclusive for 9k points)     Melia Sinai (Bed&Breakfast)

QGreenhotel by Melia, Frankfurt      TRYP Bochum-Wattenscheid     TRYP Centro Oberhausen    TRYP Celle 

TRYP Covilha Dona Maria     TRYP Montijo Parque     TRYP Porto Centro 

Croatia (Umag) 
CampingIN Park     Umag Apartments Polynesia    Sol Katoro    Sol Stella Apartments

A note of caution: These kinds of deals rarely last. We have included a couple screenshots below to confirm how it works, but the deal aspect may end at any time. Melia will likely run out of points even if they don’t change how points can be redeemed, enforce language on minimum stays, or alter the ability to use the free points+cash. As always, follow best booking practices. Take screenshots, save your confirmation numbers and correspondence, and do not make additional non-refundable travel plans until you see how things turn out.