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News in brief:

Free Hilton HHonors Gold coming back as an Amex Platinum benefit?

Until December 2013, American Express Platinum charge card holders received Hilton HHonors Gold status, albeit as a ‘one year only’ benefit.  Then, overnight, Amex pulled it – much to the anger of Platinum cardholders who had purposely delayed applying because it was a ‘one year only’ deal.

On Monday, Hilton Gold reappeared as an Amex Platinum benefit for cardholders in the USA.  There is no guarantee that the UK will follow suit, but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.  Hilton Gold offers free breakfast at all brands except Waldorf-Astoria so it does have value.

Hilton Gold 350

Thistle’s regional hotels rebranded

Back in July I reported on a story that Thistle Hotels had kept very quiet – 95% of their hotels outside London were leaving the chain on the same day!

The owner of these hotels, The Hotel Collection, has now announced its new franchise agreement.  The hotels are being split roughly equally between Jurys Inn and Mercure – Business Traveller has the full list.

Mercure is part of Le Club Accorhotels which means that you will be able to earn Avios from your stays, either directly or by taking Accor points and converting them.

Jurys Inn does not seem to have any airline partners any more but you can take points in the Jurys Rewards scheme.   This deal will take Jurys to 35 UK properties so I may spend a little time looking at the reward scheme for a future article.

Thistle Brighton

20% bonus converting Marriott Rewards points to American Airlines

I discussed the current 40% bonus on Marriott transfers to Avios in another article today.

There is another option out there for non-Avios collectors.  American Airlines is offering a 20% bonus when you convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage.

Full details can be found on the American site here – there is no need to register.  You must transfer by 31st October and you can make multiple transfers during the promotional period.  ‘Hotel & Air’ package redemptions are included.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (August 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.

Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 points sign-up bonus and Gold Elite status Read our full review

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy 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.)

Comments (49)

  • Alan says:

    Re the HH gold status – I had noticed mine had returned recently without having stayed anywhere near the required number of nights and had put it down to either an IT issue or return of the Amex platinum benefit.

  • Alan says:

    Would be FANTASTIC if HHonors Gold came back as a benefit, especially if it was a renewable benefit rather than a one use per account as previously.

    Fingers-crossed, although of course the American cards already get lots of nice benefits we don’t get (fee-free forex, airline credits, etc.) so not counting my chickens!

    • James67 says:

      If things stay the same; there have been so many instant gold or simple challenge iffers this autumn, it would not surprize me if the bebefits were about to be devalued.

    • barnaby100 says:

      It wasn’t a 1 per account If you emailed they just renewed it.

  • Smid says:

    Will make gold again via one of those pages, and did so last year… Be nice to not have to earn it by three day stays within certain periods especially the 10 odd days this year which were not even in those offer dates….

  • Brian says:

    Amex has a statement credit offer for Amazon – spend 20 pounds, get 10 back. Sure to go quickly….

    • harry says:

      On many cards!

    • Nick says:

      On my BAPP, not my Plat. Not on my wife’s BAPP or Plat.

      My wife also has some good HoF and Debenhams credits on her BAPP, that I can’t see on any of our other cards too.

      I do tend to find that the better offers hit the BAPP rather than the Plat. In fact if Hilton Gold does come to Plat, it will be the first positive move made by Amex on that card in about 2 years.

      • Alan says:

        Agree, really frustrating that they don’t even make all the deals available on the Plat card, never mind better ones!

    • SImon says:

      Thanks, It was on gold but not on diamond mbna or barclaycard for me.

    • Alex says:

      Nothing for me 🙁

    • Phill Ramsay says:

      Cheers for the heads up!

    • The Urbanite says:

      Thanks for the heads up! On my Gold, but not BAPP!

  • Brian says:

    Interesting that the Grand Hotel in Bristol is becoming a Mercure. There’s a Mercure just down from that (the Brigstow) – I can’t imagine that they would want two so close to each other, so perhaps the Brigstow is being rebranded.

  • Alex says:

    I had a mailing through the letterbox yesterday from Amex, offering free Club Carson gold on my first stay. Sadly I’m already gold so no benefit there

  • Tom says:

    Damn.. I was feeling smug about just requalifying for HH Gold!

  • Andy says:

    Hi Raffles.

    I started staying at Jurys Inn Glasgow about a year ago. I love the loyalty scheme: it might not get you avios but you get valuable gifts including a beer every night after staying 10 nights. And it’s within my company travel policy. It’s a marmite hotel: I like the rooms but some of my companions hate them.

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