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Decent airline miles alternative for Marriott MegaBonus promotion

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UPDATE – JUNE 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.

Back in December I wrote about the Marriott MegaBonus promotion which runs from February 1st to April 30th.

There are several versions of this offer but the most common is 2,500 bonus points per stay, starting with your second stay.

This is not a terrible deal – 2,500 Marriott Rewards points are worth £12.50 or so – but if you only have occasional Marriott stays you may end up with points which are orphaned.  You cannot, for example, top them up with American Express Membership Rewards points unlike Hilton, Starwood or Club Carlson.  There is a Marriott credit card but the earning rate is a pitiful 1 point per £1.

Marriott MegaBonus

There is an alternative!

Via this link, you can register for a version of the offer which gives airline miles in any of the participating airlines which work with Marriott Rewards.  This includes Avios.

You will need to set your Mariott Rewards account to earning miles instead of points to be able to register.

You earn 2,500 airline miles for every two stays.  If you value an airline mile at 1p, this offer is no worse than taking Marriott Rewards points, and a whole lot more useful if you doubt you will ever earn enough Marriott points for a decent redemption.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

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.

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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy 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.)

Comments (5)

  • Aliks says:

    Crikey, not a single comment.

    Looks like Marriott doesnt have much to interest the HfP readership.

    I took their credit card and claimed the 2000 avios but part from that never see anything compelling in their hotel offers.

    Am I missing something?

    • Will says:

      Overpriced and very difficult to get any meaningful status with in my opinion. Not sure if they make more sense in the USA.

      Stayed at he Waikiki Marriott this year, not impressed at all with either the quality of the hotel it service, £150 a night room only and they wanted to charge me to print 2 sheets of A4 from an email.

      • Dave B says:

        Redemptions for 7 days to their resorts can be good including enough airline miles for the travel can be a very good use of points

    • Rob says:

      It has always been like this. Marriott inspires no enthusiasm in people. Page views of my Marriott articles confirm this. Yet it is the biggest global chain I think.

      • Alan says:

        The stats I’ve seen seemed to have IHG at #1, then Hilton then Marriott – not a vast amount between them but seem to have been a consistent #3. Regionally in Europe though I think they must be way down the list.

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