UPDATE – MAY 2022: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.
Marriott Rewards has brought back its MegaBonus promotion for the Spring. This time it is a little more generous than we have seen recently.
This promotion is active across all Marriott brands, including Renaissance, Courtyard, Autograph, Edition, JW Marriott, Gaylord, AC Hotels, Protea and the various US ‘extended stay’ chains.
However, for some reason neither my wife nor I can register. This is despite the fact that it is clearly advertised on the Marriott Rewards home page!
We both get a message saying that we are not eligible. It is also not showing under ‘My Account’ for either of us. Looking at Flyertalk, this is a known bug which is impacting quite a number of members. In this scenario, you need to call Marriott Rewards to get the offer activated.
See if you can register. The promotional home page is here. This is what most people are offered:
- One free night after 2 paid stays during the promotional period
- Maximum of 1 free night to be earned
- Free night to be redeemed at Category 1-5 properties only
- Free night to be redeemed within six months
- Promotion runs from 1st February to 15th May
- Last date for registration is 15th April
Once you have earned the free night, Marriott will issue you with a new, presumably targetted, challenge to keep you interested for the rest of the promotional period.
Don’t get carried away with the generosity of this offer. Marriott Rewards now has 9 categories of hotels. A typical Category 5 hotel would be Bristol City Centre. Leeds, for example, is out of reach at Category 6. You will struggle to find anything decent in a major European capital city in Category 1-5.
If you are not already a member of Marriott Rewards, you will be able to sign up for the above deal after joining. I can refer you to Marriott Rewards and you will receive an extra 2,000 points on your first stay – email me at rob at headforpoints.com for a link.
Other options for more regular Marriott guests
If you are Marriott elite member, you may receive a different version of this promotion. Anyone whose Marriott account is set up to give airline miles instead of points will receive a different miles promotion instead.
Note that you need to register by 15th April, so it is worth registering even if you are not planning any Marriott stays at present – it would be a shame to be faced with a couple of Marriott nights in May only to find that you can no longer sign up for the MegaBonus.
Whether this promotion works for you will depend on your stay pattern. In hard £ terms, a free night certificate for just 2 stays is probably more generous than competing promotions from the other big chains – although this depends on what your targetted IHG Accelerate bonus is.
Remember that you will need to find a decent hotel in category 1-5 to redeem your free night over the next six months, which could be a snag.
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.)