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How to earn Marriott or SPG points with every Uber ride

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If you are a Marriott Rewards member,  you may not know that you can – via their partnership with Starwood Preferred Guest – now earn points with every Uber ride you take.

Full details can be found here.

You earn 1 Starwood Preferred Guest point for every US$1 or equivalent you spend with taxi app Uber. 

I have been taking part in this promotion since it launched 18 months ago and I can confirm that it works very well.  I get a handful of points dropping into my Starwood account every couple of days, since Uber is our default option if we need to drive the kids to a friend, swimming class etc.

Uber SPG

I value SPG points at 1.5p and Marriott points at 0.5p.  And, of course, you can now convert Starwood points to Marriott points at the rate of 1:3.  Given the current $ exchange rate, you would be getting 1.8p of hotel stay for every £1 you spend on Uber cars.

The full rules are here.  In summary:

You MUST have stayed at a Starwood hotel this year to participate.  Only cash stays count.  Once you have done one stay you are eligible to earn points from Uber until 31 January 2017.  After that date, another cash stay from 2017 will be required.

If you have not had a Starwood stay this year, you can still link your Uber account.  You will not begin to earn points until after you have completed a stay.

If you take an Uber ride on a day when you are checked into a Starwood hotel, you earn additional points – 2-4 points per $1 depending on your SPG status

You can take part irrespective of what status you have in Starwood Preferred Guest

You must link your SPG and Uber accounts via this website.  The email addresses and surname must match.  Your points will be automatically deposited with SPG.

You can earn a maximum of 10,000 points per year (excluding bonus points for rides on days you are staying with SPG)

If  you are not already an Uber member, you can have a free £15 credit towards your first ride by downloading the app via this link or using the Android or iOS app store directly and inputting code ‘HEADFORPOINTS’ on the payment settings page.

SPG also has a sign-up code via the website above.  Do NOT use this – it gives you a credit in US$ and this can only be redeemed in the United States.

This is a neat offer.  SPG points are valuable enough to be worth claiming and the fact that you can now convert them into Marriott Rewards points as well gives them extra value.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (August 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.

Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 points sign-up bonus and Gold Elite status 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.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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).

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 (27)

  • AndyR says:

    OT but Uber related – I used it for first time recently while on holiday to try to get to airport one morning. 10 mins after a driver accepted their ETA was the same and driver didn’t appear to be getting any closer so I cancelled it and flagged a taxi, but have been charged a fee by Uber. It wasn’t much as it was in Thailand but I just wondered for future reference what to do in this situation? Do Uber refund the fee? Thanks.

  • JJ says:

    Check your SPG accounts for your discount buying SPG points, 50% Discount for buying or gifting appeared points on my account (30,000 max per account yearly limit still applies) just bought 3 x 30,000 between 3 family members for $1575.
    These convert to 270,000 Marriott points which is enough for a travel package, this together with the 20% bonus on AA transfers from Marriott running until the 15th November gets 144,00 AAdvantage miles and a week’s hotel stay.
    Planning an Etihad apartments trip to India with the miles and a week’s stay in Dubai with the hotel portion.

    • Rob says:

      This is potentially attractive, I will be giving it a push on Sunday hopefully. I may even buy myself which is unheard of ….

      • the real harry says:

        any good for conversion to Avios?

        • the real harry says:

          just using JJ’s figures, sounds like 30K = USD 525 = GBP419

          so 20K = £276

          so 25K = £276

          so 1.11p? 🙂

        • Rob says:

          See my recent Marriott travel package article.

          If I do it, I would be thinking of moving into Lufthansa though.

  • Stron says:

    I linked my uber and SPG accounts earlier in the year, and have been assuming my SPG points have been accruing in the background and will only be added to my account once I’ve booked a stay this year. Is this correct, or do only journeys after your stay earn you SPG points?

    • Rob says:

      I was under the impression that you had to do a stay first, and once you’ve done a stay you accumulate from the date until 31st January the following year.

      • Alan says:

        I linked mine then a day or so later got a second confirmation email that as I had already had a stay back in April my account was eligible to earn points.

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