Bits: 1000 free Marriott points, Euston hotel closures, Qatar food pre-orders

News in brief:

1000 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.

Via this page, 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

EDIT: The date of the Ibis closure is now 22nd October and not 3rd October as I originally wrote.

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!

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.