We thought that the recent deal for buying SPG points would be the last before Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest were merged – but it is back. This time it MUST be the last time, as the two schemes merge in August!
This is a reminder that you can currently buy Starwood Preferred Guest points at 35% off – the link is here. 30,000 SPG points will cost you $682.50 (£514).
30,000 SPG would convert into 90,000 Marriott points. This is an excellent deal when you remember that NO Marriott or Starwood hotel will cost more than 60,000 points per night if booked between August and December (stay whenever in 2019).
You need to buy via this page before 20th July.
PS. This is also a way of buying airline miles in schemes that do not sell miles directly, such as Lufthansa Miles & More. Starpoints transfer at 1:1 to most airlines and you receive a 5,000 mile bonus when converting 20,000. You need to do the maths but buying SPG points at 35% off could work out.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (January 2022)
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.
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).
(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.)