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Five UK Marriott hotels, mainly country clubs, are to leave the chain

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Five UK Marriott hotels are leaving the chain in two weeks, despite being included on the new points pricing list from August.

These are:

Five UK Marriott hotels leaving the chain

  • Sunderland Marriott
  • Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park
  • Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Shipley
  • Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Southampton
  • Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Norwich

The last day that these hotels will operate under the Marriott brand is 18th July.

These hotels were recently for sale – I don’t know if a deal was concluded.  The removal of the Marriott branding is being described as a positive to give the buyer a clean sheet.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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 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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year 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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 (379)

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  • Roro says:

    Is it just me? or some people still havent had their avios posted to their IB+ accounts? Im still waiting on them and see what I am able to do with them

  • CountryKerry says:

    So my Avios posted today (booked 4 flights on the first day, and 6 on the final day).

    I also asked about transferring 5k Avios in from BA or Avios as I have a booking in mind that needs 95k Avios. Neither works via Combine my Avios, but, the agent added 5k Avios there and then.

    I can not fault Iberia on this. I rang, was put through almost immediately and the agent instantly saw the fault lay with them and then offered 5k Avios to fix it. On top of this, the agent then made the booking with me on the phone, negating the website and disregarding the telephone fee.

    I have never dealt with Iberia before, but as far as customer service goes, that was 10/10.

    • ADS says:

      wow – that’s the opposite of the experience i had with a few different staff last week !

  • Dan says:

    Need an expert view, can’t get thru to IB. I used my 90k + some I already had to book a QR flight. Now I may need to change the date. Do IB offer the 24hr refund on these tix and what’s my downside.

    Some wording from my ticket suggests there is nothing changeable or refundable on a QR flight!! I don’t have any IB or BA codes on my Flights to Asia. Does the below seem right?

    Permitted before flight departure with a surcharge of €25. Only permitted on IB, YW, I2 and BA flights (except flight series 5xxx).

    refund (in each direction)
    Permitted with a surcharge of €25 up to 24 hours before the departure of the first flight on the ticket, as long as this does not include any IB5XXX flight. Refunds only permitted on flights with codes IB, YW, I2 and BA, unless the code for one leg is IB and the code for another leg belongs to another partner in the programme.

  • Bagoly says:

    I was able to transfer in with CMA on my account.
    On my wife’s account we got not “Combine my Avios is not working” but “You can’t use Combine my Avios with this account. Please contact us”.
    My account has significantly more historic activity than hers (no flights).
    So perhaps accounts with less activity are being treated differently.

    Booked the two of us to Havana on her account and back on mine – there are still many days with 2 in Business available. All in cost about £500 each – even cheaper than a QR sale!

  • Doug M says:

    I emptied my IB account inot BA last week, just in case.

  • Sapiens says:

    Obviously I do not accept Iberia unilaterally changing the terms of my purchase AFTER the purchase, without my consent….

  • Dan says:

    IB call center confirmed that award tix books thru IBERIA but flying on a partner airline are non refundable and non changeable. That’s harsh! Buy they said (in my case) Qatar has “taken the Avios and we can’t get them back”.

  • Ben says:

    If anyone is stuck with iberia points they can’t move to their ba account and wishes to sell them to me for my Iberia flight bookings at .55p a mile my number is 07894545078

    • Dan says:

      I’m happy to buy quite a lot at 0.65 per Avios at 07857559865. Thanks!

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