News in brief:
Virgin East Coast seat sale now on
Virgin East Coast is running a sale on all of its routes until midnight tomorrow in both Standard and First Class. Headline prices to Edinburgh, each way, are £20 and £40 respectively. Travel between September 5th and November 13th, with a couple of black out weekends potentially linked to the Rugby World Cup.
As I spent £250 on some Virgin East Coast tickets on Friday, I refuse to see how low the prices actually are as I will only get upset. The booking link is here.
Double Avios and VIP lounge access at Bicester Village
Until September 10th, you will receive double Avios (10 for every £4 spent) when you visit the Bicester Village designer shopping outlet in Oxfordshire. Full details are here.
More interestingly, if you email them 72 hours before your visit you will be able to access the VIP lounge during your trip. This includes (free?) refreshments. Thanks to Joel.
See One Direction with Starwood at the O2
For just 15,000 SPG points, you can redeem for two tickets to the private SPG suite at the O2 Arena in Greenwich. High quality and alcohol are included. The dates are 24 / 25 / 26 / 30 September. My review of the SPG suite is here.
Michael McIntrye tickets for 3rd October are also available.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (May 2022)
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 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.)