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Is Starwood’s Autumn promotion worth a look?

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UPDATE – JANUARY 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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

Marriott is not currently running a global bonus points offer.

I have already written about the Autumn promotions from Hyatt and Marriott.  Now it is the turn of Starwood Preferred Guest.  (Hilton’s current promo runs until 30th September, Priority Club has yet to announce any Autumn offering.)

SPG’s Autumn effort is called Better by the Night.  It certainly wins prizes for simplicity:

  • Earn double base points (2 per $1) on every 1-2 night stay
  • Earn triple base points (3 per $1) on every 3+ night stay

In addition, you will earn 250 bonus points for booking via spg.com and 500 bonus points for booking via the Starwood iphone or ipad app.

The promotion runs from October 1st to December 20th.  Not all Starwood properties are participating, so you should check the exclusions list if making a special effort to take advantage of this deal. Registration is not yet open, but will be via this website.

Note that registrations are only allowed up to the end of November, even though the promotion runs into late December. This is clearly not an earth-shattering promotion (I need to see something like ‘stay 2 nights, get 1 free night’ to get really excited!).  However, it is certainly better than nothing and it may be worth moving a 3+ night stay to an SPG property.

Whilst top-end SPG hotel redemptions are (to my mind) astronomically priced and poor value, there are some good deals – especially using ‘cash and points’ rates – at many hotels which makes having a stash of SPG points worth having.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 Elite status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade 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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)