UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.
There is a ‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points via this link by 25th September 2021.
Three days ago we looked at the new Marriott Rewards promotion, Megabonus, for Spring 2018 (click here). This offers 2,000 bonus points per stay, or 3,000 points at weekends.
Starwood has now launched its own Spring promotion. With Starwood now owned by Marriott, the promotion is not surprisingly very similar. The dates are identical.
The SPG offer is called ‘Great Weeks, Grand Weekends’. It may be better than the Marriott Rewards offer if you are doing longer or more expensive stays because you are getting double points rather than a flat bonus.
You need to register here – and with the offer running until 15th April, you might as well do it now in case you forget.
The offer is very simple:
You receive double Starwood Preferred Guest points on every stay, starting with your 2nd stay
You get an extra 500 points if your stay includes a Friday or Saturday night (Thu/Fri in Middle East)
These are the summary rules:
Promotion runs from 16th January to 15th April
Registration is open now at this page and closes on 31st March
All Marriott brands are included – this includes Sheraton, Westin, Aloft, Design Hotels, W, The Luxury Collection, Le Meridien, St Regis etc
The full list of participating hotels is here. It looks fairly comprehensive but do check before booking.
I tend to value Starwood Preferred Guest points at 1.5p. This means that the weekend bonus is worth an extra £7.50 of free stays on top of the double points you will already be receiving.
Whilst the Marriott Rewards promotion is attractive if you are doing one-night stays, this promotion may be better for you if you do longer or more expensive stays. You should also check your targets for the Spring round of IHG’s Accelerate promotion (described here). Hilton Honors is offering 2,000 bonus points per stay as I wrote yesterday.
Register now via this page of spg.com, just in case you forget later when you come to book. Registration closes two weeks before the final stay date and last minute sign-ups will not be possible after 31st March.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 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.
You can apply here.
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.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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).
(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.)