UPDATE – JUNE 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.
The stand-out hotel promotion for Autumn for many people is going to be the IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc) ‘Accelerate’ deal which I covered here.
‘Accelerate’ is based on personalised targets, however, and if yours was totally unsuitable for your travel plans then you will need an alternative.
Hilton HHonors (see here) and Marriott Rewards (see here) have come out with variants on ‘double points’. Carlson and Hyatt have not launched anything. Accor has a short-term promotion which is VERY generous but is only for bookings made by 20th September – see here.
That leaves Starwood Preferred Guest, the Westin / Sheraton / Le Meridien / Aloft etc chain.
Whilst you cannot register yet, Starwood has revealed the details of its Autumn offering.
Called ‘Stay For More‘, it will run from October 1st to December 20th. Registration will not open until September 20th, at which point I will run a reminder.
It is not hugely exciting. You will earn:
double Starpoints on stays of 2+ nights
an additional 500 points on stays of 4+ nights
There is little to differentiate this from the Hilton and Marriott promotions. You should obviously sign up if there is a chance you may have some Starwood stays during this period but it is unlikely to persuade anyone to move over an existing booking.
‘Accelerate’ still looks like the one to beat – in my case, 4 IHG nights (as long as they are at the right brands on the right days of the week) would get me £440 of IHG Rewards Club points. Double SPG points isn’t going to top that.
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.
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.
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.)