UPDATE – JUNE 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.
You can currently buy Marriott Bonvoy points with a 30% discount. See this page of marriott.com for details. The offer runs to 20th June.
Marriott Rewards has launched its Summer promotion. They have gone with the name ‘Getaway Bonus’.
This is valid for stays at Marriott, JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, AC Hotels, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Moxy, Gaylord and Ritz-Carlton properties. (Protea, the South African chain just bought by Marriott, is not yet part of Marriott Rewards.)
The name is purposely vague because there appears to be four different variants of this offer.
You can see which one you have received by logging on to your Marriott Rewards account here and clicking the ‘Your Promotions’ under the ‘My Account’ tab.
If you are only an occasional Marriott visitor, you will most likely see this offer, which is also showing to everyone on the Marriott home page:
Double points starting on your third stay during the promotional period, up to a maximum bonus of 25,000 points
According to this Flyertalk thread the other options appear to be:
20,000 points for 12 nights plus an additional 10,000 points if you reach 18 nights
25,000 points for 15 nights plus an additional 10,000 points if you reach 20 nights
35,000 points for 20 nights plus an additional 10,000 points if you reach 25 nights
If you likely to be doing a long run of Marriott stays during the Summer, you may prefer one of these three. Whilst I have never done it myself, it is widely reported on Flyertalk and elsewhere that Marriott Rewards is willing to switch your offer if you call them.
If you assume a £5-£6 / 1000 points valuation for Marriott Rewards, you will see that the promotion is worth roughly £10 of value per night if you pick one of the nights-based targets and achieve it. This is not a bad deal.
The promotion runs from June 1st to August 31st. You must register via the ‘Promotions Central’ page. Registration closes on July 31st.
If you want to compare this offer with competing promotions from other chains, take a look at our ‘Hotel Offers‘ page.
Hilton and Starwood are also going with ‘double points’ offers although both of those kick in from your first stay.
The Marriott offer only kicks in with your third stay. If you have a very expensive Marriott stay planned during this period you may want to try to squeeze in a couple of stays in a cheap property first.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (June 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
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.
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).
(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.)