I have always struggled to get excited about Marriott Rewards. It is probably truer to say that I have struggled to get excited about Marriott hotel brands (although, ironically, I will be in one tonight) and therefore the rewards programme has never done much for me.
I must admit that people who have Marriott elite status are generally positive about it, especially about the delivery of elite benefits.
Of course, that shouldn’t be surprising. Marriott status is VERY difficult to earn – Platinum requires 75 nights or, slightly easier, 30 stays.
The Marriott Rewards elite levels are:
Silver – requires 10 nights. Benefit is a 20% bonus on base points.
Gold – requires 50 nights. Benefits are 25% bonus on base points, free internet access, room upgrade and lounge access.
Platinum – requires 30 stays or 75 nights. Benefits are 50% bonus on base points, free internet access, room upgrade, lounge access and a welcome gift.
There is an interesting quirk to the Marriott Rewards programme which I have never focussed on before but is worth knowing about.
If you book any sort of meeting or event at a Marriott group hotel, you earn 10 nights towards elite status qualification. The Marriott website confirms it here.
You also earn Marriott Rewards points for your spend at the rate of 3 points per US$1 equivalent.
What would your local Marriott charge to hire a tiny meeting room for an hour? A lot less than the cost of staying 10 nights to earn 10 elite night credits, that’s for sure.
This is a global promotion. If you are in a low cost country in Asia, booking a meeting room for an hour in a Marriott property would be very cheap indeed.
You would only need to book eight meetings (on separate days) to earn Platinum status from scratch. You would have Silver status after booking just one meeting.
This is obviously at the more extreme end of things you might do to earn or retain hotel status. If you have a suitable Marriott property near you, however, it shouldn’t be too difficult to organise.
With only four months left in 2016, if you were getting close to Gold or Platinum status but doubt you will make it then this may be an option worth considering.
You can find further details on the meetings and events page of the Marriott website here.
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.
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.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- 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.
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