Starwood – the Westin, W, Sheraton, St Regis, aloft etc hotel group – has teamed up with MasterCard to offer a free nights promotion. This is valid for selected hotels in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa and requires payment with a MasterCard.
This does offer genuine savings. I will be in Qatar for three nights in October. I had a Starwood Preferred Guest points redemption at the St Regis Doha on the beach, photo below. This was acceptable value – although by no means exceptional – compared to paying cash. With this promotion, though, the value of my SPG points drops to under 1p per point – so I decided to rebook for cash on a ‘3 for 2’ rate.
Some hotels are not participating and not all of them offer all of the 3-4-2, 4-4-3 or 6-4-2 deals. Annoyingly, no closing date is given for either booking or staying.
If you are looking to get away for half-term – especially in the Middle East – it is worth a look.
Note that all rooms booked under this promotion must be prepaid and are not refundable.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 Elite status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade 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.)