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UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.

Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (now under the same ownership, of course) have unveiled their promotions for Quarter 2.

Starwood and Marriott offers have become closer in recent quarters and now we have reached peak merger – the two offers are identical.

The Marriott Rewards promotion

Marriott’s promotion is another variant of MegaBonus.

New Marriott Rewards promotion for Spring 2018

It offers 750 bonus points per night (which are equal to 250 Starwood Preferred Guest points) for stays between 16th April and 20th July.

There are two catches:

You don’t receive any bonus for your first two nights during the offer period

You must register by 30th June even though the offer runs until 20th July

The maximum bonus you can earn is 36,000 points.  As usual, bookings via a third party online travel agent such as Expedia will not count.

You MUST register in advance via this page of the Marriott Rewards website.

The Starwood Preferred Guest promotion

SPG’s offer is called ‘More Nights More Starpoints’.

It offers 250 bonus points per night (which are equal to 750 Marriott Rewards points) for stays between 16th April and 20th July.

There are three catches:

You don’t receive any bonus for your first two nights during the offer period

You must register by 30th June even though the offer runs until 20th July

Some hotels are not participating – see the website for details

The maximum bonus you can earn is 12,000 SPG points.

You MUST register in advance via this page of the Starwood website.

Conclusion

These offers are not hugely generous (I value the bonus at under £4 per night) but it does benefit those who are doing long stays, with no pressure to hotel hop every night.

It is worth registering now (Starwood here, Marriott here) in case you forget when a future stay comes along, especially as the promos carry on for three weeks after registration closes.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits 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.

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 (33)

  • Gary says:

    O/T – haven’t seen Harry post in a while – what’s happened?!

  • Clive says:

    Can’t remember with Marriott but do Points stay also qualify like at Hilton for the promotional points?

    • Cate ⛱️ says:

      I’ve just checked mine as I booked a points stay last week. We did get the 2000 promotional points for a paid stay but nothing for the booking made with points.

  • George says:

    I am an SPG Gold and matched to Marriott when the crossover started, but I was just thinking about the Ritz-Carlton side of the operation, that I never bothered with. I tried to create a new account with them but they correctly detected that I am a Marriott Rewards member and couldn’t proceed. Am I to understand that having a Marriott Rewards account is enough to be recognised as a Gold and be extended all the relevant benefits, for Ritz-Carlton’s purposes? (so the fact that you’re not registered with RC is not important)

    • Rob says:

      Yes

    • Doreen says:

      You will not gain much as a Marriott Elite apart from points & night credit at a Ritz Carlton – there is no access to Lounge/Club unless paid for, possibly an upgrade, but not guaranteed.

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