Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Check your targetted Marriott MegaBonus promotion

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

UPDATE – JUNE 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.

You can currently buy Marriott Bonvoy points with a 30% discount. See this page of marriott.com for details. The offer runs to 20th June.

Marriott Rewards is bringing back its MegaBonus promotion for the Autumn, with the new version running from 15th September to 31st January 2013.

Marriott targets different offers to different members, based on stay pattern.  I very rarely stay at a Marriott group property, and if I log into my Marriott Rewards account and click on ‘Promotion Central’, I am offered what seems to be the most generous version:

  • One free night for every 2 paid stays during the promotional period
  • Maximum of 3 free nights to be earned
  • Free nights to be redeemed at Category 1-4 properties only
  • Free nights to be redeemed within 1 year

This is, to be fair, not a bad offer as long as I am not interested in staying at aspirational properties.  Which is a shame, because I am interested in aspirational properties!  There aren’t many exciting hotels in Category 1-4 – remember that the Marriott Rewards chart goes up to Category 8!

A typical Category 4 hotel would be the Leeds, Bristol and Northampton (see picture!) Marriott’s in the UK.  You will struggle to find anything decent in a major European capital city in Category 1-4, although there are some options.

Other versions of the promo seem to be:

  • 1 free night after every 2 stays, maximum 2 free nights, valid up to Category 5, valid for one year
  • 25,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights with a further 15,000 after 20 paid nights
  • 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights with a further 15,000 after 25 paid nights
  • Earn 5,000 points every second stay, up to a maximum of 50,000 points

Anyone whose Marriott account is set up to give miles instead of points will receive a different miles promotion instead.

Note that you need to register by 31st October, so it is worth registering even if you are not planning any Marriott stays at present. 

It would be a shame to be faced with a couple of Marriott nights in January only to find that you can no longer sign up for the MegaBonus.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits 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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

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.)

Comments (2)

  • trickster says:

    Hey, don’t knock the free night!

    While I agree that cat 1-4 is a bit tight of them, and there are not many options in the UK, I’ve stayed at the Northampton property above and it’s decent. I used a previous mega-bonus night at the Preston Marriott, which had a nice pool, and was a good base for going to Blackpool illuminations!

    The main issue with these deals is that its not worth that much as the cost of a room including breakfast is often only 80-90 pounds. These bonus nights come without breakfast obviously, but we were fortunate enough not to be charged for breakfast at Preston.

    • Raffles says:

      I agree that it has some value, clearly, especially with a year to use it. There are also probably Cat 1 to 4 properties in provincial but expensive towns where it would work well. However, I don’t think I would switch 2 stays from better or more convenient hotels to a Marriott just to trigger it, and it is certainly not worth a mattress run.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.