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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how you can earn 200 Starwood Preferred Guest points for free by updating your email preferences.

This is a different deal – 150 SPG points, which I value at £2 or so, for updating your security details.

The link to update your security preferences is here.  They want you to add some security questions to your account for added verification.

There is no mention on the Starwood website that you will receive 150 points.  However, if you look at this Flyertalk thread, you will see an official announcement from SPG that the offer is on.

The only ‘rule’ is that this offer is not open to brand new SPG members who joined after 8th October.

The deadline for setting your security questions is 31st October.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year 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 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

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:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 (27)

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  • Tom C says:

    Interesting security questions. Looks more like data mining to me.

    • Think Square says:

      Can you do anything useful with 150 points? I don’t expect to ever stay in one of their hotels.

      • harry says:

        Best thing is to wait until SPG Amex runs the bonus 20,000 + 5,000 points = 25,000 Avios promotion on taking out card (which comes around regularly) and add any free SPG points to this that you have collected during the year.

        One of the easiest ways to get a chunk of Avios for a small spend target.

        • Rob says:

          That offer is NOT coming back. Trust me.

          • harry says:

            What’s the best we can hope for?

          • Rob says:


            If that 20k offer came back, I could do 1,000 sign-ups within 24 hours. 990 of those people would cancel within 3 months because the card is useless and has no decent benefits to justify the fee. Amex isn’t going to foot that bill.

            (Well, perhaps not 1,000. But quite a lot!)

          • harry says:

            Then there’s hope, as Starwood themselves might have a budget for it and consider that a membership drive is worth the extra cost. They are obviously quite active in their marketing initiatives.

          • Rob says:

            No, I am big friends with the SPG team in Brussels and big friends with the Amex people on Buckingham Palace Road and I am telling you that (unless someone is told to hit a cardmember sign up target or lose their job) it isn’t coming back!

            You also need to remember that Starwood may well cease to exist within the next 12 months.

          • Alan says:

            I totally agree re the percentage that would sign-up and cancel, but given that do you have any insight from either team as to why they don’t make it more attractive as a card? It just seems bonkers to have such a useless one on offer! (glad I snagged 2x bonuses previously!)

          • Graeme says:

            So now is as good a time as any! Do they have any rules (or guidelines) about churning?

          • Rob says:

            You can re-apply 6 months after cancelling. It makes no difference what other Amex cards you may or may not have.

          • Graeme says:

            Thanks Raffles.

          • Graeme says:

            Do you mean the 20,000 points sign-up bonus, or the conversion bonus? Is it likely to stay at 10,000/11,000 for the foreseeable future? It’s been low for an age, I’ve been hanging on for another bonus.

          • Kathy says:

            I’m glad I got it while I had the chance! I ended up getting about 30,000 Avios from it as there was a conversion bonus offer not long after my points posted. Happy days!

      • Roger says:

        Extend the life of existing points that might otherwise expire?

    • Fenny says:

      I couldn’t answer half the questions – “favourite brand of luggage”??? – and most of the other answers were the same. It wouldn’t let me put the same answer for 2 questions, so favourite city, first flight and top of my travel list are not actually accurate answers!

  • Richard says:

    There’s a targeted offer on US Amex Membership Reward points transfers to SPG until the end of the month. You get 2:1 instead of 3:1.

  • shutter says:

    How long do the points take to show up?

  • Frenske says:

    Completely OT but we are finally using the Shangri-La points for a dinner in Ting in The Shard. Does anybody know which one gives the best views e.g. St.Paul/Westminster direction. Ting Restaurant or Ting Lounge?

    • AndyGWP says:

      We went the restaurant (35th floor, right?) and had views of London Bridge / out east.

      Haven’t been the lounge I’m afraid

  • Kathy H says:

    How long would you expect both of the free point offers to take to appear on an SPG account?

    • Rob says:

      The 200 were very quick, I got mine in a few days. Not sure about this one.

  • Jon says:

    Raffles, you said ‘Starwood may well cease to exist in the next 12 months’ – can you elaborate? I’m sitting on a huge pile of Starpoints and just earned Platinum – has it all been in vain?

    • RIccati says:

      The mergers talk is actually supportive for the company.

      Most likely outcome is that nothing will happen/change on this 12 horizon. When it changes, the new, merged, business might want to adopt SPG points programme. It’s efficient and accurate in how promotions are run and credited. Quality of the processes is much better.

      “Lifetime Platinum” status might be at risk (if there is no equivalent in the new scheme) reminding us that no business offer/benefit lasts “lifetime”.

  • Thomas says:

    Went online and added/answered the security questions.
    Now on updating Award Wallet it stops 4 times to ask my newly added answers before updating my points.

    • Graeme says:

      It only asked me each one once on the app. Haven’t tried the site yet.

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