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News in brief:

Last day to book the Hilton Flash Sale

A quick reminder that today is the last day to book rooms in the Hilton seven day ‘flash sale’ which runs until midnight tonight (Sunday).

It is offering special deals at 300 hotels across Europe (including the UK), Middle East and Africa, but only at weekends.  Many rooms are discounted by 30%, except for Hampton by Hilton hotels where the maximum discount is 15%.

The rates are valid for weekend stays until 3rd July.  You will also find that some hotels have loaded these rates for weekday stays.

As usual with Hilton sales, you need to take the ‘30% discount’ with a pinch of salt.  This is based on the discount from ‘Best Available Rate’ for the same day.  However, these sale rates require pre-payment and are non-refundable.  A ‘Best Available Rate’ room is cancellable without charge.

If you have any weekends away planned between now and 3rd July, you should take a look at these offers to see if there is anything of interest.  The ‘flash sale’ website is here.

Hilton Venice

Marriott launching new price guarantee

IHG did it, Hilton did it – and now Marriott is jumping in too.

Starting on 11th April, Marriott will be offering exclusive online rates at all of its properties – across all of its many brands – to anyone who books online via its own website.

You will have to be a Marriott Rewards member to access these prices but, as membership is free, that is not a major hurdle.  It guarantees that you will pay less than you would on Expedia, etc.

Free wi-fi will also remain an exclusive benefit for guests who book directly with Marriott, as is the ability to earn Marriott Rewards points and status.

Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

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

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits 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 Elite status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade 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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (7)

  • yetyom says:

    Glad you are back Rob!

  • Talay says:

    So in theory, with all these “best price” promises, all you need to do is you use an aggregator to find the property you want and then go to the brand specific website.

    Of course, the exacting terms and conditions will mean a direct comparison on identical terms is impossible !

  • Ian says:

    I’m Ian and I would like to claim my prize but I can’t identify the photo above – where is it???

    • Ian says:

      Ah, I wondered. Thanks Doreen. Venice – never been there yet, so many places still to see.

      • Nick says:

        Ian, I was there a couple of weeks ago. It’s a beautiful building. Staff are very good too.