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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:

  • 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 (September 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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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  • happeemonkee says:

    Booked my 10 one way flights from Santander to Madrid on Sunday. 90k avios posted last night. CMA not working nor can I make hotel bookings, just get this

    “We cannot offer you this service at present”

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Booked mine on the phone so I could add MAD-LGW to my return leg.

    Called the Bogota office. Didn’t make any jokes just in case they cancelled my tickets and avios…

    Thanks Rob for all the info provided since this promotion started.

    Have also booked LHR-LAS on F for my birthday. No Concorde Room since it departs from T3 but still should be a nice experience.

    God save HfP 🙂

    • Cat says:

      No Concorde Room, but the Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges should make a pretty good substitute birthday treat!

      Also – hear, hear! I echo previous comments about your cautious coverage of this promotion and others, and just how much its appreciated Rob.

  • James says:

    I have been advised that my account, opened on the Day 1 of the promotion will not be accessible for at least the rest of this week.

  • JP says:

    IB+ account years old, never done anything with it before, booked 10 flights on 24 June, verified all have my IB+ number in them but still have not received my points. At a bit of a loss as to why!

    • the real harry1 says:

      You’re not alone in the blogosphere, plenty in similar circs, I’d just give it a couple of days unless the redemption you have your eye on is selling out fast, in which case give IB CS a call

      • JP says:

        That’s good to know. I only booked it to spend on a hotel so I’m not in any major rush. Just wondered if I hadn’t done something I needed to. I realised this morning that my passport number in my IB+ account was my old one so changed that (don’t know if that will have some bearing). At no point have I been locked out of my account.

  • GOONFACE says:

    Has anyone tried combining their avoid to a BA account that isn’t part of a Household?

    • Nik says:

      I have tried unsuccessfully this morning, via the Avios site, the BA site and the Iberia site.
      Avios & BA wouldn’t recognise my Iberia login details, Iberia just said it was unsuccessful

  • Andrew says:

    Someone posted a link where you could see all of your bookings on the Iberia site recely, possibly Genghis? Would appreciate if you could post it again as when I try to view my bookings it doesn’t pick anything up automatically and just gives me the Surname/Booking reference boxes. Thanks.

    • Ian says:

      Just leave both the surname and booking code empty and click view booking

  • Sean says:

    Stupid panic and booked the iberia flights through the app late on Sunday with a long standing account. Any idea if this will be honoured? anyone else done the same?

    • Graham says:

      Yes – this is fine. From Iberia’s Twitter:
      “Hi, yes, flight booking from mobile site would be valid for the promotion as well”

      • Sean says:

        Thank you. Anyone who booked through the app received their avios? I have not got mine just yet, though did book on Sunday.

      • Matt says:

        Mobile site and app are different things …

  • JPV says:

    Are BA bookings made through IB+ cancellable/refundable?

    • xcalx says:


      • the real harry1 says:

        not Blue Class flying BA in Europe

        Full Economy/ Business on BA in Europe are refundable for EUR25

        LH I don’t know T&Cs

    • simon says:

      I’m having a nightmare trying to cancel/change a booking which I made late night as soon as the miles posted. Called IB plus call centre and told they couldn’t help and gave another number to call. This number is just a recorded message in spanish stating (I think) than the number is incorrect. Called back and given aother number whiich tells me to call yet another number which is unobtainable. Iberia just tell me that they can’t help with these bookings and to call these numbers?

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