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Bits: BA changes date for New York promo, Marriott ‘cash and points’ awards launched

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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.

JW Marriott Venice main building

Marriott launches ‘cash and points’ rewards

Marriott Rewards launched its new ‘cash and points’ option this week – you can see the details on the Marriott site here.

It is pretty self explanatory.  The table below shows the level of cash and points available compared to using just points:

Marriott cash and 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 pictured above, you may be willing to pay up irrespective of price.

You can find out more on the Marriott website here.

(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 (2)

  • PaulH says:

    Hi – do we know if the BA promo only applies to flights booked after registering for the promo or do all flights in the window count (I had booked one just before reading your piece!!)?

    Cheers

    • Alan says:

      As per comments yesterday the T&Cs would say only after booking but BA IT may still award Avios so no harm in registering just in case…