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Registration for the new Starwood promo, Triple Up, opens today

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UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.

There is a ‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points via this link by 25th September 2021.

Registration opens today, probably in the UK afternoon, for the new Starwood Preferred Guest promotion.  This covers Sheraton, Westin, W, Le Meridien, Aloft, The Luxury Collection, St Regis etc.

The registration page should be here.

It is called ‘Triple Up’ and there are three ways to earn bonus points:

Earn triple Starpoints when you stay at a Sheraton for two or more nights

Earn double Starpoints at all other SPG brands for two or more nights

SPG Starwood 350

Earn an extra 1,000 Starpoints if your stay is for two or more nights and includes a Friday or Saturday night (Thursday or Friday night in the Middle East)

The promotion runs from 9th May to 31st July.

I tend to value SPG points at 1.5p each.  This means that the bonus for a weekend stay is worth £15 which, at a cheaper SPG property, would be a decent rebate.  You would also receive double or triple base points on top.

Registration closes on 17th July.

In general, the current batch of hotel promotions is not great.  I will do a comparison later in the week.  The Hilton promotion is notionally weaker (double points at all hotels, no weekend bonus) but does not require a two night stay.  Let’s see if IHG can pull something out of the bag.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 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 usually 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 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.

Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (11)

  • Brian says:

    OT – sorry – but people might like to know that Accor have launched one of their bonus points offers. Worth checking out.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, looks good considering the alternatives. Will cover tomorrow.

  • Jonny says:

    Looking to take advantage of the “Design Hotels” offer – stay 3 nights by 31 May, and get a free night certificate for any category 1-5 property.

    looking to book something up, however I would be staying 31 May – 3 June. Is this stay likely to be eligible, given that the booking begins by 31 May, or not? (my guess is the latter…)

    • Brian says:

      One would imagine the first night would count, but not the subsequent ones…Probably not worth making the booking only to benefit from the offer, but if you want to stay there anyway, you have nothing to lose.

  • Nick M says:

    OT (Sorry) – AMEX Supplementary card

    I am coming to the end of my first Amex Gold year and have recommended my wife for the card with a supplementary card for me. I have just tried to activate the supplementary card and it is requiring me to link it to an online account…It won’t allow me to link this to her account, if I link it to mine will I still be able to reapply for a bonus in 6 months (+) or will they consider this to be an MR earning account even though the balance is building up in her name?

    Last year I was able to activate her supplementary card without needing to link it to an online account, so I’m a little confused as to what they’ve changed!

  • signol says:

    OT (again, sorry!) My Avios from the Groupon offer posted today. Though not the Iberia shop referral ones, just the 2k.

  • Nick Burch says:

    Registration seems to have finally launched!

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