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Marriott triple Avios promotion launched

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UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2023:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.

Click here for details of Marriott’s new ‘Go Your Way’ bonus points promotion which runs from 12th September to 6th December. You can register by clicking here.

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Loyalty Traveler has the full low-down, in great detail, of Marriott’s July to October promotion.  This offers triple airline miles, starting with your 2nd stay during the promotion period. 

For the Marriott brand, which is the one you are most likely to use if you are UK based, that means 6 Avios (or whichever other airline currency you choose) per $1 charged to your bill.  This is not a bad deal at all if you are doing the stays anyway.

You will only see this promotion on your Marriott account if your earnings preference is set to Miles.  You MUST register for it on the Marriott website – it is not automatic and you will not receive triple miles if you don’t.

If you elect to collect Points, you will see a different promotion.  If you are an infrequent Marriott guest, you will probably be offered a free night at a Category 1-4 property for every 2 stays between 1 June and 31 August, with a maximum of three free nights to be earned.   Registration for the free nights promotion closes 30th June so if you would prefer this then move quickly to sign up.

Your free night certificates are valid for 1 year, but Category 1-4 chops out most of the more attractive Marriott properties, so think carefully about whether you will use them or not.  (More active Marriott guests will receive a promo offering x bonus points for staying y nights or in z different brands.  Some people have reported success in being able to switch their targetted promotion by ringing Marriott Rewards, but this is not guaranteed.)

You can register for both and change your earnings preference for each stay, so a very cheap one-nighter can count towards a free night whilst an expensive five-night stay can be taken as triple miles.

(Full details of all current Marriott promotions can be found on our ‘Hotel Offers‘ page.)

If you need a hotel before July 22nd, though, I would strongly recommend my post on the Radisson / Park Inn promotion instead, which is effectively ‘buy one, get one free’ – with the benefit that the free one can be in a hugely expensive property whilst the paid one can be in a cheap one.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2023)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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