As I have written another article today about a new indirect benefit of having the American Express Platinum charge card (ie Star Alliance Silver status), I thought it was worth flagging up another key benefit.
Here are the two things to learn from this article:
American Express Platinum gives away Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status, but it doesn’t get you very much
Starwood Preferred Guest Gold now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold, and that gets you a lot
What are the key benefits of Marriott Rewards Gold?
They are not to be sniffed at, which is as it should be given that you normally need to stay for 50 nights a year to earn Marriott Rewards Gold:
25% bonus points
high speed internet access
guaranteed 4pm check-out (new this year, except at resort and convention hotels)
guaranteed lounge access, or free continental breakfast if no lounge is available (except at resort properties)
How long will my Marriott Rewards Gold status last?
Until the end of 2017. In 2018, a brand new loyalty programme will be launched which will combine Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards.
There is a real risk, as Marriott is a long-term Visa partner, that American Express will be cut out entirely. We may see the end of elite status and Membership Rewards points transfers to Starwood. However, until the end of 2017, there is a great opportunity here to enjoy Marriott Rewards Gold status for free.
How can I earn Marriott Rewards points from Amex Platinum?
The Marriott Rewards official UK credit card has not been available for the past year. American Express Platinum now offers you a chance to earn Marriott points in two ways:
the 30,000 Membership Rewards points you get for signing up transfer into 15,000 Starwood points and can be moved across to 45,000 Marriott Rewards points
the 1 point per £1 on your spending equates to 0.5 Starwood points per £1 which converts to 1.5 Marriott Rewards points per £1
Of course, you can do better than this with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card. This earns 1 Starwood point per £1 which means an impressive 3 Marriott Rewards points per £1.
My full review of American Express Platinum and all of its benefits is here. The official Amex Platinum website is here.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our September 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
The following offers will end soon:
- 2,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard (ends 15th October)
- 30,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard (ends 15th October)
- 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express (ends 2nd November)
- 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus (ends 2nd November)
- 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express (ends 2nd November)
- 30,000 points on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (ends 9th November)
Here are the top current deals:
British Airways American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard
The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending: