Starwood runs a range of dining discounts for its members under the title of ‘SPG Cravings’.
These are valid globally, but I have just focused on the London ones here. You can navigate through the website to look at other areas. The key here is that you don’t need to be a hotel guest to take advantage of these discounts – and you will earn SPG points (convertible to Marriott Rewards) for your meal at the same time.
The general discount is 10% off your food bill although the stunning Palm Court (image above) at the refurbished Sheraton Grand Park Lane offers 15%. You will also earn SPG points at your standard rate.
Note that Spice Market at the W Leicester Square recently closed.
Anyone can benefit from these savings if they are planning to eat at any of these restaurants. Starwood Preferred Guest is free to join at spg.com although you will need to print off a membership card or download the app as they do not send one until you have completed one hotel stay. American Express Platinum members get an automatic status boost to Gold level.
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.
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.
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).
(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.)