News in brief:
BA changes the closing date for its New York promotion
Yesterday I wrote about a new British Airways promotion for double Avios points on flight to New York.
This offer was initially advertised as closing on 13th March 2017. This seemed a little extreme but it was on the website, clear as day, so that is what I reported.
Obviously someone had make a mistake because the ba.com page for this offer changed overnight. It now shows a closing date of 30th July 2016. At the time of writing, oddly, the home page of ba.com still says 17th March 2017.
Remember that you MUST register for this deal at this page and book by 6th April.
Marriott launches ‘cash and points’ rewards
It is pretty self explanatory. The table below shows the level of cash and points available compared to using just points:
Only some hotels will be offering cash and points. Annoyingly, the only way to check at the moment is to click on each hotel individually. Whilst you can search for all hotels in London offering reward nights on a particular day in one go, you cannot do the same for cash and points.
This is what you are effectively ‘paying’ to buy the extra points for each category:
- Category 1 and 2: 1 cent
- Category 3: 0.78 cents
- Category 4: 0.66 cents
- Category 5: 0.59 cents
- Category 6: 0.6 cents
- Category 7: 0.71 cents
- Category 8: 0.94 cents
- Category 9: 1.29 cents
- Tier 1: 0.77 cents
- Tier 2: 0.74 cents
- Tier 3: 0.71 cents
- Tier 4: 0.93 cents
- Tier 5: 1.05 cents
Cash and points nights WILL count towards elite status. You won’t earn any points back on the ‘cash’ element, however.
I generally value Marriott Rewards points at half a penny. On this basis – assuming I wasn’t short of Marriott points – I would only consider ‘cash and points’ at Category 4-7 hotels. If you don’t have enough points for a full redemption at, say, the JW Marriott Venice, you may be willing to pay up irrespective of price.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 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.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (30,000 bonus Amex points – SPECIAL OFFER TO 19TH JULY)
- 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.)