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Marriott Rewards (and Starwood Preferred Guest, since they are technically the same programme now) have launched their first ‘bonus points’ promotion since their 18th August merger.

You can register here.

Here are the key points:

The promotion is called ““MegaBonus in More Places”

It runs from 26th September to 31st January 2019 (registration closes 7th January)

Marriott Rewards Autumn 2018 promotion

You will receive 2,000 bonus points on all paid stays of 2+ nights

You will receive an additional 1,000 bonus points for each different Marriott / Starwood brand you stay at, starting with your second brand

All 6,700 hotels across all 29 hotel brands are taking part

The 29 brands you can stay at to earn bonus points include: AC Hotels, Aloft, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, Edition, Element, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Gaylord, Le Meridien, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites, W and Westin.

In addition, between 4th October and 1st November, there will be an online game – 29 Ways To Stay – with some generous prizes.  I will cover this nearer the launch date.  It seems interesting, with a daily chance to win instant prizes, including bonus points and nights. 

The grand prize is a 2-night stay at each of the 29 brands participating in Marriott’s loyalty programs – that’s 58 free hotel nights!  There are also 2,400,000 ‘instant win’ bonus points prizes to be won over the four week period.

What is the bonus worth?

I value a Marriott Rewards point at 0.5p.  Arguably, if you use them for Category 8 hotels which are capped at 60,000 points per night until the end of the year, you can do a lot better, but 0.5p is a fair long term average.

(My room at St Regis New York where I’m typing this is selling for $1100 + tax per night which is over 1.5p per point, but that is an outlier. The suite I was upgraded to was selling for $2700 + tax per night!)

2,000 bonus points means that you are receiving £10 of value for every two night stay.  This is on top of your standard points.

This increases to £15 of bonus points when you are triggering a bonus for your 2nd and subsequent brands.

This promotion obviously works best for cheaper, shorter stays.  £10 of bonus points on a £150 two-night stay at a mid-range property is not a bad return, but it is unlikely to sway anyone planning a major splurge.

What are the other options?

Looking at the other two major chains ….

Hilton Honors is currently offering double points on all stays, with triple points at luxury and resort properties.  You can read our article here and register here.

IHG Rewards Club is offering double points from your 2nd stay on your first $1,500 of spending plus various extra personalised targets.  You can read our article here and register here.

The new Marriott / Starwood offer compares OK with these for shorter stays at cheaper chains, as long as you are staying 2+ nights.  For one night stays you won’t receive any extra bonus with this new Marriott offer.

Accor is also running a generous promotion for stays of 2+ nights, but this has a very tight booking period which ends on 7th October.  I wrote about the Accor offer here.

Register now

It makes sense to register for this new Marriott Rewards offer now.  It runs until the end of January and you never know when a 2+ night Marriott / Starwood stay will turn up.

Click here to visit the registration page on the Marriott website.

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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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 for signing up 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

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 (78)

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  • TGLoyalty says:

    Still not working. Does it matter that it was my SPG account I kept when I merged?

    Also what is this CP offer mentioned in the comments google search hasn’t helped

    • Mark L says:

      I kept my Marriott account and i cant access this promotion.

    • BJ says:

      You will find CP offer on LL a couple of days ago. However, on closer inspection it turned out to be one of those vague iffy ones so I am giving it a miss, don’t want to run the risk of non target offers in my IHG account.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Thanks I have a CP stay coming up anyway so registered and it seems to be valid on my account from the 19th.

        Won’t bother me if I get the double points and 2k bonus or not but will be a nice bonus.

  • s islam says:

    Re Marriott Booking. Need some advice on a booking I made about 3 months ago, 4+1 nights (Gold) at a Marriott hotel for 120k points. Did not request the e-certificate at the time as the booking is for Dec 18 and thought I would do it a couple of weeks before the trip. Logged into my account today to see a message saying I don’t have enough points, the requirement has gone up from 120k (which is my points balance) to 140k.

    I can transfer MR points to make up the additional 20k but I was assuming that the 120k was confirmed as I booked at that rate. Any ideas?

    • swhostring says:

      It’s binary.

      Either you’re a wuss.

      Or you insist on getting the deal you already booked.

      Over to you.

      • Rob says:

        No-one is getting the deal they booked, in this case. It does appear that you pay the price on the day you settle up. Severely doubt our reader will be the one person in the world who bucks the system.

        • swhostring says:

          Then I’m sure the T&Cs made it clear that if you didn’t pay at the time of booking, then points required could go up. Would have been simple enough to pay early to fix the rate.

        • Pid says:

          I can not see anything in the t&cs that state it is the points value on the day you settle and not the day you booked it at. It is not unreasonable for s Islam to therefore expect to pay the points he booked it at. Let us know how you go if you challenge them!

  • Roger says:

    Any recommendation for Marriott Category 1-4 (for Travel Package) in Bali or Phuket?

  • Andrew Gibson says:

    Once I log into the site it says the below, It looks like I will also miss the 29 ways to stay promo also?
    I have stayed over 200 nights this year so far, why am I excluded from this?

    We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.
    The reason for this error could be:
    You’re trying to access a miles promotion and are a points-earner, or vice versa
    You are not eligible for this promotion
    This promotion has expired

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