Back in 2014, Starwood (owners of St Regis, Le Meridien, Westin, W, Sheraton, Aloft etc) ran a ‘3 for 2’ promotion in the Middle East in association with Mastercard. I took advantage of it when I was in Doha last year.
The promotion is back for 2015 – it has been running for a while, it seems, in a very low key way.
For 2015, it is valid for ‘3 for 2’ stays across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In theory you should pay with a Mastercard although that does not appear to be essential.
You need to book a 3, 4 or 6 night stay, which will price with 1, 1 and 2 free nights respectively.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Looking at the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh for September 4th to 7th, the lowest price under this promotion is £179 per night. However, the hotel is currently on the SPG Hot Escapes promotion and under that rate is it £177 per night.
At the St Regis in Doha (photo above) for the same dates, things are more promising. The ‘3 for 2’ rate is QAR 789 compared to a cheapest standard rate of QAR 944. The Mastercard deal offers genuine value here.
I will add a link to this promotion to our ‘Hotel Offers’ page under the list of SPG offers.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. 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)
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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.)