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News in brief:

1,000 free Marriott Rewards points for linking social media accounts

Marriott Rewards is giving another push to its promotion which tries to get to you to follow Marriott on social media.

You can earn:

  • 250 points for connecting your Facebook account
  • 250 points for connecting your Instagram account
  • 250 points for connecting your Twitter account
  • 125 points for following Marriott Rewards on Twitter
  • 125 points for following Marriott Rewards on Instagram

I wouldn’t usually recommend giving up your social data for a maximum of £5-worth of points.  Assuming they post instantly however – and apparently they do – you can quickly unlink and unfollow.

You will also be able to earn a tiny number of points by sending tweets a few times per month featuring Marriott hashtags.  This isn’t my sort of thing but I suppose it may kill a bit of time on the train in the morning.

ibis London Euston closure

Two Euston hotels closing for HS2 demolition

Progress is, slowly, being made on the High Speed 2 rail link, even though there is still a big debate about how the Euston terminus should be designed and built.

As part of the work, the Thistle Euston Hotel – image below – will close on 3rd October.  The ibis London Euston Hotel – above – will close on 22nd October.  Both hotels have been compulsory purchased as part of the HS2 enabling works and will be demolished.

Thistle Euston closing

Qatar Airways launched limited pre-flight food ordering

If you have a Business Class ticket booked with Qatar Airways from Doha between Europe (5 hours+ flights), North and South America, Australia, New Zealand,  Bangkok or Guangzhou you can now pre-order your main meal in advance.

The service is available via the My Trips section of the Qatar Airways website or app, from 14 days to 24 hours before departure.  The wording of the Q&A section implies that only ex-Doha departures count, and not your inbound leg into Qatar.

I must admit, I have never pre-ordered an airline meal even though British Airways has been offering the service for a while.  I can only assume that I would rather be surprised.

Comments (52)

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  • Alan says:

    Very weird – 1,000 points all received OK but activity in account all just said ‘no activity, points expired’ – yet it still let me transfer them to 333 SPG points!

  • Alex says:

    It’s a great opportunity – thanks for flagging! Do you know exactly how and when to tweet to earn points?

    Also, about a year ago I have opened a dedicated Twitter account exactly for this type of activity as well as prize draws and other freebies. And it works – just recently won a photography book by Brooklyn Beckham (RRP £16.99) from Heathrow Rewards.
    For those who are interested – it’s @win_and_fly

    • mark2 says:

      Wow, a photography book by Brooklyn Beckham; I bet he’s a real expert. Wasn’t it his mother who wrote a book although she claimed never to have read one?

      • the real harry1 says:

        Fringe: “Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no way he could write a book, Frankie Boyle”

      • Alex says:

        Well… I bet you didn’t publish a book when you were 18. I am prepared to bet that you haven’t written/published a book at all in your life (I did write and publish three books, by the way, to be clear). So, I would refrain from criticising others in this regard…

  • Alex says:

    Linked social media accounts this morning, can confirm that 1000 Marriott points already credited to account. Thanks!

  • James R says:

    Im still waiting for my original 1k Marriot miles to be posted. They say they posted in the marriot account but are nowhere to be seen in my BA account 😐

  • Mark says:

    OT: LoyaltyLobby says:
    “Iberia Plus: 25% Bonus Avios for AMEX Membership Rewards Points Transfers”
    Only for Amex cards in Spain, but maybe a BAEC / Avios bonus here too later?!
    (Said in hope rather than expectation!)

  • Ronan says:

    I’d just like to highlight how easy it is to gain a few Marriott Rewards points with the social media program. After linking all my accounts and instantly recieving 1000 points, I posted a tweet on twitter with the tags @marriottrewards and #rewardpoints and Marriott instantly tweeted back an credited my account with an additional 50 points. Posted the exact same tweet the following day and got another 50 points!

    Not sure how many times this would actually work but being able to earn a few hundred Marriot points for simply spending a few seconds a day writing a tweet is pretty good!

  • Patrick says:

    I just linked my accounts. I did facebook first, but got an email saying “Apologies – we weren’t able to award #RewardsPoints for your registration. Your Marriott Rewards account is configured to earn miles instead of points. Please change this in your Marriott Rewards account settings.” So you need to change the setting of the account first. Just waiting for the points to arrive now…. After the long wait for Miles&More bonus, lets see what happens.

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