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Starwood releases first details of its Spring promotion

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Marriott is not currently running a global bonus points offer. However, until 22nd December, you get a 50% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points. The link is here.

The Starwood Hotels Quarter 1 2013 promotion will be called “Power Up”.  There is a holding web page now available although you cannot yet register.

It is certainly a straightforward one:

  • You will earn 2,000 bonus Starpoints for every 4 nights (nights need not be consecutive) up to 16 nights
  • You will earn a 10,000 point bonus on your 20th night

This is not uber-generous – with a Starpoint worth 1.5p – 2p in my mind, you are effectively getting an extra £10 per night in rewards.

This obviously accelerates if you hit 20 nights, but the qualifying period is only January 15th to April 15th.  Given the relatively modest number of SPG properties in Europe, that will be very tricky.

I will let you know when registration opens up.  Competing promotions from the other chains should drip out over the next couple of weeks.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (December 2020)

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.)