Starwood Preferred Guest has launched a new range of dining discounts for its members.
These are valid globally, but I have just focussed on the London ones here. You can navigate through the website to look at other areas. The key here is that you don’t need to be a hotel guest to take advantage of these discounts – and you will earn SPG points for your meal at the same time!
Here is the new London list.
As you can see, the general discount is 10 per cent off your food bill, although a couple of places are offering 15 per cent. Spice Market (photo above) at the W Leicester Square is included in the ‘10% discount’ list, which makes it an interesting option for anyone (sub 30 years of age!) planning a night out in the West End.
Starwood Preferred Guest is free to join at spg.com although you will need to print off a membership card as they do not send one until you have completed one hotel stay. American Express Platinum members get an automatic status boost to Gold level as long as they register at americanexpress.co.uk/platinum and complete the appropriate online form.
Here is my secret tip for a fairly quiet meal and drink in the West End. Next door to the W is the Empire casino. This has free entry, although ID will be required. Inside it is fairly classy with a number of decent eating and drinking options, including a bar with an outside balcony overlooking Leicester Square. As with all casinos, the food and drink is modestly priced as well.
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.)