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Amex Platinum now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold status and earns Marriott points

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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.

I wrote last week about the status match that has been launched for Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards members following the Starwood takeover.

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members get Marriott Rewards Gold, and vice versa.  Platinum members also get a direct match.

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

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What are the key benefits of Marriott Rewards Gold?

Marriott Rewards elite benefits are listed here.

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

room upgrade

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? – November 2020 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my November 2020 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 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:

American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending 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

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

Comments (17)

  • Adele says:

    I have just moved some Hilton bookings across to Marriott as their rates were cheaper and hotels better rated. We shall see! I was considering doing the challenge to Platinum but dont see it gives you much more! Lounge access and breakfast are essential for my stays and IHG have lost all of my business (apart from the odd IC on points) because of their lack of access for an Ambassador Spire Elite. I am Hilton Diamond so get the same as the Marriott Gold – just wanted to try the Marriott brand!

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    I’ve never joined Marriott, did someone mention a sign up bonus before I do the match from Starwood?

    • Clive says:

      Yes this is a refer a friend sign up bonus.

      • Raffles says:

        2000 bonus points on your first 5 stays. Email me if you don’t have anyone else who can recommend you (I get nothing for it as I am beyond the 5 referrals a year which give the referrer a bonus).

  • Razvan says:

    O/T Did anyone upgrade from Gold to Platinum recently? They still give the bonus points? Thanks

    • jonp says:

      Yes and yes

      • Rob says:

        I upgraded in July and got a 20k MR bonus – best of all I wasn´t charged the fee (I assume I will be charged it in March which is my Gold Card renewal date.

        I was wondering if I should cancel before then and possibly not have to pay it at all but to be honest between the Hotel Status, lounge passes and insurance I am more than covering the fee.

  • Harry says:

    Beware: the Marriott Gold lounge and complimentary breakfast benefits are not offered at Ritz Carlton properties although they are part of the Marriott group.

  • idrive says:

    Well that probably means that it would make sense to keep the SPG card then!

  • Zander says:

    Is it worth matching Ritz Carlton Rewards instead of Marriott Rewards? I ask as I stay in RC properties more than Marriott but I’m unsure if there is a real difference between the two programs despite being signed up for RC Rewards.

    • Simon says:

      My account has linked to Ritz Carlton Rewards, so I am Gold in that now. From what I read on line, the benefits and how you will be treated will be identical. The Marriott and RC accounts work in parallel. You cant hold both accounts. It seems to purely be a choice of which banner you want to be under.

      • Rob says:

        And they can switch you over if you call …..

        • Simon says:

          But is there any reason to. My understanding was I will be treated the same Marriott or RC Rewards?

          • Rob says:

            The promotions are different, that is all. Once a year there is normally a generous R-C promotion – although you miss out on the quarterly Marriott Rewards promotions.

  • Jonathan Shapiro says:

    I tend to use Hilton’s but occasionally stay in Marriotts. I am SPG Gold through Amex. This was a very useful tip Raffles, thanks!!

  • Dev says:

    Quick question: what is availability like for Ritz-Carlton tier 5 properties? Is it a fools gold or reasonably easy to redeem? My aim is the grand Cayman or US Virgin Islands resort using the travel package. I am currently 37K short (spg) of being able to claim them. I wondering whether to make concerted effort of bridging the gap over the next 12 months?

    • Rob says:

      Dummy booking would let you see what is there surely?

      I doubt, given the points cost, that they get a huge number of redemptions at these properties.