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News in brief:

Double Avios with LOVEtheatre, the new Avios theatre ticketing partner, is offering double Avios points on all tickets booked before 31st August.  It doesn’t matter when the event takes place.

Double Avios means 6 Avios per £1 spent.  As well as working with all West End theatres, it also sells tickets for selected off-West End venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre, Barbican Centre, Menier Chocolate Factory and Royal Court, as well as key regional theatres.   LOVEtheatre is also an agent for attractions including the Tower of London, National Gallery, London Eye, Madame Tussauds, The View from the Shard and Buckingham Palace.

Details of the promotion can be found here.  The home page is here.

Atlantis Dubai

Up to 25% off and quadruple Avios at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Until 7th August for travel until 11th December, you can book Avios redemption tickets to Dubai and other parts of the Middle East for a 25% discount.  All the details are in this article.

Atlantis The Palm is one of the major resorts in Dubai with a huge range of facilities including its own water park.  It is now running a special Avios deal for British Airways Executive Club members:

  • 15% off the Best Available Rate on Deluxe Rooms and Imperial Club rooms plus earn triple Avios (6 Avios) for every $1 spent on your accommodation
  • 25% off the Best Available Rate on Suites rooms plus earn quadruple Avios (8 Avios) for every $1 spent on your accommodation
  • Unlimited access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark during your stay
  • Discounted rates to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet sea lions at Sea Lion Point
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access

Booking Dates: Before 31 August 2016
Staying Dates: Until 17 March 2017
Blackout Dates:  10 – 14 September 2016, 28 December 2016 – 2 January 2017

The package is only available if booked via this special BAEC page on the Atlantis site.

Great Northern Hotel Starwood Tribute

Double Starwood points at Tribute hotels

Finally, Starwood Preferred Guest is offering double base points on all stays at its Tribute brand before 31st October.

Tribute is a group of independent hotels which use the Starwood booking system for marketing purposes.  You will receive SPG points and stay credit and some elite benefits are honoured.

For UK readers, the most relevant property is The Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross.  There are also two hotels in Paris which recently defected from Radisson.

You need to register for the double points offer here.  Note that registration closes on 16th October even though the offer runs until 31st October.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

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

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 bonus points 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 (16)

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  • JK says:

    Atlantis gives 15% off food, drinks etc. for Skwards members. Join before you go and it will save quite a lot over the stay

  • Wally1976 says:

    If using Lovetheatre check that their prices are decent first. I recently booked West end tickets and found they were quite a bit more expensive than other ticket agents especially when factoring in the fees.

  • Zoe says:

    Off topic, expect to take a trip to Australia during the year after Aug 17 (junior doctor daughter will be working out there for a year).
    Would like to use (or part use Avios) otherwise what would be a bargain cash fare (based on recent experience). Thanks in advance for any advice.
    The advise I got on here re buying dollars pre Brexit vote for my other daughter’s studies in South Carolina was spot on, thanks to everyone that contributed.

    • Alan says:

      Worth checking if the ex-OSL deals are still running – my folks used them twice to come out and visit me when I was working in Oz, fantastic value Club World fares – about half the normal price – and BAEC Silver from one trip. I don’t think the extra-low prices are on just now but the general fares from there were good for about a year.

  • Matthew says:

    Staying Dates: Until 17 March 2017 not 2016

    • Rob says:

      Oh yes … That was a cut and paste from though 🙂

      • James67 says:

        The gracious way you always acknowledge and correct mistakes but often simultaneously excuse/explain them always brings a smile to my face 🙂

  • mark1980 says:

    Regarding Atlantis The Palm – my wife, 18 month old toddler and I are going to Dubai in November staying at Hilton ‘The Walk’ using HHonors points and my Diamond membership to get lounge access etc (want to do Dubai as cheap as possible). However I want to get my wife the Dolphin swim experience at the Palm as a special treat. So I have a couple of questions:
    Whats the cheapest way to book the swim experience? Should I purchase in advance? Are there any vouchers etc?
    Could we feasibly spend a full day at Atlantis without being guests? Would there be anything else to do? The water park is obviously a bit pointless (and expensive!) with a toddler.
    How easy is it to get from the Walk to the Atlantis? I’ve read there’s a monorail?
    Thanks in advance.

    • R.R. says:

      You will have to buy an entry full day tickets, can’t remember how much they are but they were not that cheap.
      Monorail does not stretch to Jumeirah Beach where you will be, best way is taxi. They are not expensive, I normally use Uber in Dubai always a good value and nice cars.

  • Nick M says:

    OT – just had an email from Curve asking me to confirm the nature of my business… not sure if this is a general check up, or if I’ve used it for something that they’re not happy me using it for!

    • Yuff says:

      I’ve just had the same, however I am self employed and do own a Ltd company. However there isn’t much to use curve with now Amex have disappeared.

      • harry says:

        big waste of time now no Amex, not that I said so 🙂

        I guess some people got a few

        ISTR David said he got 80,000 Avios out of the ATM before you even got your cards as he was a beta like Raffles

        • Yuff says:

          I didn’t do too bad out of curve, I saved £180 in credit card fees, using curve where I couldn’t use Amex, and also earned 40k avios using 2 curve cards plus I got a credit card holder 😉

  • Steve says:

    Extra Avios aside, the “deals” through the Atlantis website are still far less value than if you book through BA holidays or other TAs

    For example, in October 1/2 term I can get flights & HB accommodation from BA for the same price as flights and B&B direct. Seeing as HB for 2 adults and 2 children is worth c. £50-75 a day depending on where you eat then it’s more cost effective (even including extra Avios earnt) then booking direct with Atlantis via this deal!

    • Yuff says:

      I have always been able to get a price considerably lower, than the atlantis website, with HB incl at October half term.
      However this year was a bit more difficult as my TA really struggled to get a decent deal. Fortunately ebookers came to the rescue and got me a stonking deal, during one of the Atlantis sales, and stacked with a 15% off code got me an almost bargain price for the Atlantis 🙂

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