Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Aggressive Starwood hotel discounts via exclusive code

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

Last week in Berlin was Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB), the biggest travel show in Europe with 110,000 visitors.

Starwood, the Westin / W / Sheraton / aloft etc hotel group, was running a special promotion linked to the show.  Details were only given to attendees, but there is no restriction on who can book these rates.

ITB Berlin

The link to the special ITB booking page is here.

Here are the key details for the promotion:

You need to book by March 17th for stays until June 30th

It is limited to hotels in certain countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Seychelles, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), UK

Rates are fully cancellable until the day of arrival – so you have nothing to lose by locking in a potential stay

The discounts are aggressive, to be honest, even if you compare these cancellable rates with advanced purchase rates.

Le Meridien Etoile in Paris, for example, falls from €268 to €140 for random nights I checked – although the website was imposing a 7 night stay for some reason, despite saying the minimum was 1 night.

Le Meridien Seychelles (which was not imposing a minimum stay) was €253 on this rate compared with €419 for the cheapest alternative.

Closer to home, a random night in London got me aloft at Excel for £80 compared with £139 for the cheapest (non cancellable) room.

The ‘happening’ W in Barcelona is also heavily discounted if you fancy a weekend break before the end of June.  7th-9th June weekend, for example, is €195 per night compared with a non-cancellable standard rate of €365 ….

Take a look and see what you can find.


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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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.

EDIT: Until 8th November 2022, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 points!

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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.)

Comments (14)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

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.