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News in brief:

Accor and Amex launch new cashback deal

Accor Hotels, which operates Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, M Gallery, Pullman etc, is running a new cashback deal with American Express.

There are two variants – £30 back on £250 spend and £50 back on £500 spend.

You need to log into your American Express account and look under ‘Offers’ on each of your card statement pages.  The offer may be there under one of them – if it is, save it to your card.

These offers are especially valuable if you pay for your business trips yourself and reclaim the money later …..

You need to complete a stay at a Sofitel, Pullman or M Gallery hotel by 21st October.  A list of participating hotels is on the Amex site but pretty much every hotel globally under those brands is included.  Ibis, Novotel, Mecure etc arr NOT included.  If you stay outside the UK, the converted bill must be over £250.

You might not be aware of which hotels fall under M Gallery as these are generally local hotels which kept their original branding.  In the UK, participating hotels are:

Castle Hotel, Windsor

Francis Hotel, Bath

Queens Hotel, Cheltenham

The Sofitel properties at Heathrow and Gatwick as well as the St James’s flagship pictured below are also included as are the Pullman hotels in Liverpool (brand new, see the article here) and Kings Cross.

This offer would combine with the current Accor promotion which lets you earn 9+ Avios per £1you can read my article on that offer here.

The Accor booking page is here.

Other Amex hotel deals launched

You should also take a look at your Amex accounts for other hotel and package deals.  I have:

£50 back on £500 easyJet holidays spend

£100 back on £400 Rocco Forte Hotels spend (Amigo Brussels pictured below)

£75 back on £200 spend at Landmark Hotel Group (London-based)

£100 back on £300 spend at One Fine Stay (apartment rentals)

I also have 10% cashback on bmi regional flights on one card.

Hotel Amigo Brussels review exterior

20% bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest transfers to American Airlines

Finally, American Airlines is running another transfer bonus from Starwood Preferred Guest.

Full details are here.  The bonus applies to the total amount transferred, so if you transfer 20,000 points and get the usual 5,000 mile bonus, you actually receive 30,000 AA miles (20,000 + 5,000 + 20%).

In general hotel points are best used for hotel stays but this is a generous bonus and I think either option offers good value.  I value an SPG point at 1.5p so, if you value an AA mile at 1p, you won’t lose any value in making a transfer as you should value 20,000 SPG points equally to 30,000 American miles.

The last day to convert is 14th September.


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

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.

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.

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 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 (53)

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  • HayMow says:

    Sadly no Accor offer on either of my BA Premium Plus’s (primary & additional cardholder), nor Easyjet Hols. Any chance they may be added in due course, or they can be signed up for on the generic offers site?

    • harry says:

      EJ is available to 20,000 applicants – which normally means it will turn up on the Connect site. Not sure you can sign up there with BA Amex cards though – I thought it was just for non-Amex Amex cards (eg MBNA)? Has that changed?

      • mark2 says:

        I don’t think so; I assumed it had when the cardmembers? site started redirecting to it but I have had no success.

  • Lumma says:

    I have 3 Amex cards and haven’t had a single offer in months. Any idea why?

    • Mr Dee says:

      Mine have started to show under offers when previously the only ones were when I clicked rewards then offers, I have started to get a lot more on some since I stopped using the cards.

  • harry says:

    O/T We’re going to need a tougher response to the Black Lives Matter protests. Completely disruptive to LHR and elsewhere – ruining people’s lives & holidays for a cause that people were already largely sympathetic to in the UK, even if the protests belong in the USA. I simply can’t understand why the police don’t just bodily cart them away and open up the M4 within minutes.

    Anyway – allow extra time if you’re flying out of LHR.

    • Boris says:

      (politics)
      If you read up the background, it is the latest SWP front group exploiting useful idiots – eg some recycled Occupy people.

      Agree on the need for a firmer response – I’d like to see civil action against the individuals.

      (/politics)

  • rams1981 says:

    OT did people get their iberia plus store bonuses following the groupon purchase?

    • Genghis says:

      Not yet. Anyone else?

    • Charlie says:

      Not yet, but I had an email detailing what I would receive.

      • Robman says:

        O/T but need some advice. I have BA Amex premium card and am about £900 from qualifying for my 2-4-1 voucher which I understand lasts for two years. Upon completing the spend target, should I downgrade the card to a free Amex card or are there any advantages in keeping it? I’m six months of the way through the annual fee period. If I downgrade it, what other card should I now get.

        • Genghis says:

          Conventional wisdom seems to be that if you don’t want to use the BAPP after triggering 241, downgrade to BA Blue by calling them up. I did that and then cancelled the BA blue card after I’d applied the 241 voucher to a booking. You’ll receive a pro rata refund of around £75 as well from the BAPP.

          What card next depend on what you’ve already had and what your targets are. Have you had Amex Gold / Plat or SPG Amex (these are convertible into many other schemes)? Virgin cards don’t have a higher sign up bonus on and not sure we’ll see one. Have you had the Hilton Barclaycard?

          • Robman says:

            Thank you Genghis for your advice which I will follow regarding downgrading the BA Amex card once I’ve triggered the voucher. Can you only earn one 2-4-1 per subscription year?

            Re other cards, I’ve had the Hilton Barclaycard visa for many years but do not and have not had any other Amex cards. The platinum card is appealing, I’m just not sure whether I could justify the £450 fee. I’d value your advice on whether you think it’s a good deal or not.

          • Genghis says:

            Only one 241 per year. You could refer your partner (if possible) for the BAPP and they’d get the sign up bonus (currently 18k avios) and you a referral bonus (9k avios) and then go for another 241.

            My wife and I each churn the Amex plat every 6 months or so. So I get a referral from someone else for the Amex plat (you could ask Raffles), spend £2k on it, refer my wife and then she spends 2k on it. This is over the course of a month or so. So for around £80 (the cost of two cards for one month – you get pro-rata refund), and spending £4k, we accumulate 35k + 2k + 18k + 35k + 2k = 92k MR points between us.

            The spend can be quite easy to achieve provided you have the cash. E.g. You can pay your council tax for the year on Amex at Co Op, buy Tesco gift cards for future spend, buy a train season ticket etc.

            While you have the cards also apply for all the hotel statuses that come with the Amex Plat (which continue long after you cancel). You can time the cards with an up coming trip to get some use out of the Priority Passes.

            Hope this helps.

            Alternatively, Amex Golds are available for free but using the same approach you’d only get 22k + 2k + 9k + 22k + 2k = 57k MR points. IMO spending £80 is worth it to get the extra 35k MR points.

          • Robman says:

            Thanks for such an informative and detailed response Genghis – I think I might do the same when I know I have got £4k to spend in a month or so. In your calculation of the 92,000 MR, does the 18k relate to 2 times 9k referral fees for referring your partner. Can you keep doing this churn on an ongoing basis and still earn the referrals?

          • Genghis says:

            Referring an Amex Plat gets you 18k MR points. Only 9k for a Gold.

            We leave it around 7 months between cancelling and applying and have done it quite a few times now without any problems.

            We do the same thing with BAPP and SPG.

  • Andrew says:

    If you have a company incentive scheme powered by “NextJump”, they may find they are currently offering 14% points back on Hilton and a staggering 25% points back on Marriott.

    “Points” can be exchanged for cash on a 1point = 1p basis.

  • Nick M says:

    OT – Has anyone received their points from Iberia/Economist subscription as yet?

  • mark2 says:

    OT
    My Moneycard has now arrived, but I cannot change the PIN.
    Has anyone managed to do this please?

  • Stuart says:

    O/t – anyone received the 3k/5k membership rewards for taking a supplementary card? Called today & just had t’s & c’s quoted to me. Platinum CS used to be SO much better, but recently gone down hill…

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