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Free Marriott night with the free Marriott credit card!

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The Marriott Rewards MasterCard is, to be honest, as ‘middle of the road’ and unexciting as your average Marriott hotel.  I’m not sure that was ever the plan but that is how it worked out.

The card is free

The sign-up bonus is 10,000 Marriott points – just 20% of what you need to stay at a top Marriott hotel

The earnings rate is just 1 Marriott point per £1, which given my 0.5p per point valuation means a return of just 0.5%

You get double points when you use the card at a Marriott property or abroad

You receive Silver status in Marriott Rewards – but that isn’t worth much

And the only novelty factor – you get 2000 Marriott points every year as a loyalty bonus, which is generous given that the card is free (albeit that is only 5% of a top tier redemption!)

My full review of the Marriott Rewards MasterCard can be found here.

This week, however, Marriott Rewards has emailed selected members with an interesting offer.

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You will receive a free night in any Category 1-5 Marriott hotel when you take out the card and spend £200, on top of the usual 10,000 points.

The free night is valid for six months from the date that the voucher is dropped into your Marriott Rewards account.

Marriott has seven reward categories and the ‘smart’ hotels are heavily weighted towards the top end.  In the UK, a Category 5 would only get you a night at the Marriott in Leeds for example.

The free night is probably still worth around £100 if used wisely, despite the Category 5 restriction.  Even if you don’t collect Marriott Rewards points, you can convert the 10,000 points you also receive for getting the card into 2,000 Avios.

Until November, you can also earn an extra 2,000 Marriott Rewards per month by ‘liking’ certain US Marriott hotels on Twitter and Facebook.

How to apply

The special application form for the Marriott ‘free night’ offer is here (deleted as offer now over).

When you click through to the application form you will see a box for a ‘Promotional Code’.  Whilst this box does not auto-fill, for safety I would type MTE614 in the box which is the code for this deal.

Anyone who has previously held and cancelled the Marriott credit card will not qualify for this offer.

If you do not already have a Marriott Rewards account, I strong recommend opening one via this page (click top right) before you apply.  If you wait for the credit card people to do it for you, it may take months before you can tease the number and password out of them!

There is no closing date stated on the website but the covering email said that you had to apply by the end of July.

Bigger than usual disclaimer …..

There is nothing in the small print to say that this offer is only open to recipients of the original email.

Given that people often use different email addresses for different things, and often have business addresses on loyalty card accounts, they cannot realistically check applications against the list of members targetted.

That said …. if you do not receive your free night, you don’t have a leg to stand on, apart from claiming that you found the application page via Google and there were no restrictions on it.

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Comments (44)

  • Col A-B says:

    When joining Marriott Rewards – any ideas if better to opt for the points or miles option when signing up? I’d be doing it purely to take advantage of this offer, not planning on using Marriott long term & more likely than not actually converting the bonus points to Avios rather than trying to take a night in a hotel.

  • Marcel says:

    Hi,

    Any ideas if you can get this bonus if you have previously had a Marriott CC? I have done but it was at a 5 or 6 years ago and I don’t know if the provider has changed since?

    Cheers,

    • Rob says:

      Rules say no as I said in the post. If it was a different provider that would not count though.

  • Trickster says:

    Anyone know what the Creation & barclaycard policies are on household income for ‘homemakers’ applying? Cheers.

    • mrtibbs1999 says:

      if it was me I 100% wouldn’t be putting myself down as employed with a personal income of 32k 😉

  • Peter says:

    I have had one of these for a couple of years,

    I haven’t redeemed any points, but their customer service is excellent.

    • M says:

      Strongly disagree. In fact I would rate them as the worst credit card issuer I’ve ever dealt with.

  • Fenny says:

    Given that only about half of the hotels I followed produced the points and I never got the initial sign up points, I won’t be bothered about this any more.

  • Singing Dwarf says:

    Can still earn points – but only 25 – for following a hotel on Twitter/Instagram

  • Roger says:

    Waiting for me on my return from a trip was my PIN and new Marriott card. Two observations:

    1. There’s no mention of the free night mentioned in Raffles’s report. I applied using the code he offered.

    2. Astonishingly, the activation line is a ripoff 0871 number! Activation – or as they call it ‘unblocking’ – can be made via the CS landline number 0121 712 5421.

    Now to spend £200 and see whether the free night turns up.

    BTW, I see that the card is a World Mastercard This will sit alongside my Tesco World Mastercard. I’m assuming that the Marriott World offer is similar to Tesco’s, i.e. nothing for me but more expensive to process for retailers.