If you have a Starwood Preferred Guest account, here is a very easy way to pick up 200 free SPG points. In most hotel programmes 200 points won’t get you far, but I value an SPG point at 1.5p so you looking at £3 of value for 60 seconds of your time.
Starwood has launched a new feature called SPG Dashboard. There is, so far, very little on it apart from a summary of your stays in the current year and over your lifetime plus indicators of your progress to your next status level.
Scroll down and you will see a box marked ‘Opt In and Earn’.
Ticking one or both of the boxes and submitting the form will sign you up to SPG emails. More importantly, it will earn you 200 Starpoints which will post within 30 days. As well as boosting your balance, these should also reset the expiry date of your points.
If you are already signed up for Starwood emails, you won’t see this option. In which case, you need to click on the top right icon and click ‘My Profile’. Under ‘Communication Preferences’, untick the box for ‘SPG E-Statements’ and click save.
You now need to clear your cookies or open a different browser (not a different tab) or start ‘in private browsing’. Repeat the process above to visit the dashboard and the option to opt back in to emails and earn your 200 points should be there!
This offer runs until 30th November.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 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 usually 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.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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.)