This one certainly came out of nowhere. It is a very decent offer, especially if you are concerned about SPG points expiring due to lack of activity.
You earn 1 Starwood Preferred Guest point for every US$1 or equivalent you spend with taxi app Uber. Points will post 2-4 weeks after your ride.
I value SPG points at 1.5p. Given the current $ exchange rate, you would be getting 2.25p of hotel stay for every £1 you spend on Uber cars.
Full details can be found here. In summary:
You MUST have stayed at a Starwood hotel this year to participate. It looks like only cash stays count. Once you have done one stay you are eligible to earn points from Uber until 31 January 2016. After that date, another cash stay from 2016 will be required.
If you have not had a Starwood stay this year, you can still link your Uber account. You will not begin to earn points until after you have completed a (paid?) stay.
If you take an Uber ride on a day when you are checked into a Starwood hotel, you earn 2-4 points per $1 depending on your SPG status
You can take part irrespective of what status you have in Starwood Preferred Guest
You must link your SPG and Uber accounts via this website. The email addresses and surname must match. Your points will be automatically deposited with SPG.
You can earn a maximum of 10,000 points per year (excluding bonus points for rides on days you are staying with SPG)
If you have not used Uber before, it is now operating in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham – plus another 250 cities globally.
You can have a free £15 credit towards your first ride by downloading the app via this link or using the Android or iOS app store directly and inputting code ‘HEADFORPOINTS’ on the payment settings page.
This is a neat offer. SPG are valuable enough to be worth claiming. The fact that it stops your SPG points from expiring by creating activity on your account is even better.
On Saturday, Uber is running a competition whereby 460 people will win 15,000 SPG points – worth £225 or so. If you are in London on Saturday you have a chance of winning.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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.
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)
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.)