Loyalty Traveler has continued its work on this theme, and has now published a feature on Category 1 and 2 Marriott Rewards properties, which cost just 7,500 to 10,000 Marriott points per night.
The stand-out point, from a European perspective, is that the majority of properties in the AC Hotels chain, which Marriott acquired a couple of years ago, have been placed in Category 2. This includes a huge number of properties in Spain plus some in Italy.
Like Hilton, Marriott also has a ‘fifth night free’ deal when booking reward nights. This means that you could get five nights in Madrid, for example, for just 40,000 Marriott points.
It is tricky to earn Marriott points apart from staying at Marriott properties, although there is a UK credit card with a 10,000 point sign-up bonus. They are not an Amex Membership Rewards partner, for example. If you do have a small number of Marriott points, though, they may actually be more use than you thought.
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.
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.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(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.)