This is a very interesting offer which has crept out very quietly under the radar. I haven’t seen any other coverage of it so far.
In 2011, Marriott acquired a Spanish hotel operator called AC Hotels. It has since been working hard to build the company by integrating it into Marriott Rewards.
As the dominant airline in the region, Iberia is proving to be Marriott’s partner of choice for promoting the brand. Two new offers have just been launched specifically for Iberia Plus members.
The first is forgettable. You get 100 Avios for a stay at an AC Hotels property, and 300 Avios if it is for 2 nights or more. Details here.
The second is more interesting. Until 31th (that’s how Iberia writes it!) December, you will receive a 30% bonus when you transfer your Marriott Rewards points into Iberia Plus Avios points.
(Note – the transfer must NOT be to BA, it must be to Iberia Plus. However, once you have opened an Iberia Plus account, you can transfer your Avios across to British Airways. The only snag is that you must wait for the account to be 90 days old before you can do your first transfer out.)
British Airways runs an annual ‘25% bonus when you convert your hotel points to Avios’ promotion, so this offer is not massively better than that. However, it is a little better, and in any event it will be at least 6 months before the BA offer comes round again.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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.
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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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)
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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.)