REGISTER NOW: Marriott’s new Autumn bonus points promotion is here

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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)

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.

Marriott Rewards Autumn 2018 promotion

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.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Rather disappointing weak promotion in my opinion. Was hoping for something more generous. Hilton definitely has the best current promo as far as I’m concerned. Double points + 2500 Miles & More! Marriott doesn’t come close

  2. Didn’t work for me. Will try later…

    A Note About This Promotion

    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

  3. Lol did you read the terms of the promotion! This is only for residents of US.

    • No. Its open to everyone. Sweepstakes games is restricted to few countries including UK.

      • Mine failed, with this….

        A Note About This Promotion
        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

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Was just about to mention looks like it’s US only reading the terms. I got a registration error

      • Promo is global and we have some Marriott advertising on here next week to prove it!

        • Nick Burch says:

          Can you ask your Marriott contacts to fix the registration then? I’ve been trying since Thursday, and like many others, after logging in I get the error ” A Note About This Promotion – We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.” 🙁

        • Im still getting the ‘not eligible’ message when trying to sign up, nor is it in my promotions when I log into Marriott. Keen to sign up as have a stay booked in November. I’ll try contacting Marriott directly to see what the issue is.

    • Well, my registration has just been accepted (UK). My 2nd stay is not planned until December so I guess I won’t know until after that if it was successful.

      • how did you get it to work? had you already logged into regards

        • Sorry for the late reply. Just followed Rob’s link and logged in on that page. Don’t remember doing anything special.

  4. Michael Todd says:

    Really weak promo and after the merger and all the issues that came with it I never expected Marriott to have pretty much the weakest promo I can remember! Hilton it is!

    • Chris Palmer says:

      Well, exactly. After all the problems with the merger, you might have thought they would have offered something better than this. It would be interesting to find out how many customers they have lost as a result of all the recent issues.

    • Agreed, poor promo from a poor programme. Probably going to go Hilton once IHG Accelerate targets hit.

  5. Memesweeper says:

    Do pre-existing bookings count? I read the t&cs and it looks like they are…

  6. OT any guidance when existing SPG bookings and SPG card points show up on the merged accounts, everything still blank since the integration

    • supposed to be after the following card cycle.
      My card cycle is the 15th, so should know by early next week

    • Still nothing from my SPG Amex, annoying paying the monthly fee just waiting for these points to post!

      • Same, no points on any spend since 1st July. Starting to think I should stop using the card.

  7. Chris Palmer says:

    Rob, thought you might have covered the Lufthansa Premium Economy sale. Flights, return, to Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Peking, etc.) starting at £575. Lots of availability between now and June next year. Need to be booked by beginning of October:

  8. OT – I have a couple of questions about IHG.
    1) can ihg points no longer be redeemed at intercontinental? Any hotel I check says no reward nights available.
    2) I have Ambassador weekend voucher which doesn’t expire until Feb 2019 but membership expires Nov 18 because it took so long for them to send voucher out. I’ve managed to book an IC for Jan 19 but they said I’ll have to renew Ambassador before staying at the property otherwise voucher won’t be honoured.
    Have to admit, struggling to see benefit of Ambassador apart from the upgrade so not sure if I want to renew? Has anyone managed to stay using AMB voucher even though AMB status has expired?

    • I can just about justify AMB even though we only stay at IC a couple of times a year. I paid the $200 renewal fee to get 15,000 pts and a 10% rebate on redemptions – on its own this should recoup the outlay and the benefits on top are a bonus. The weekend voucher has little value for me as it’s not really a 241 when the rate is more expensive than I would otherwise pay.

      • The ambassador weekend rate is more expensive as it’s the flexible rate. In addition, you have to pay taxes at check out which in the US can be 16% on top. I have found it cheaper to buy the IHG points when the 100% bonus is on. My previous experience of ambassador upgrades can be a “ higher floor with a better view” . As discussed on here recently ambassador status varies from hotel to hotel with late check out the only guarantee.

    • Just looked at IC Bali for November, no problems with Reward Nights for me.

      • we loved that hotel -make sure you visit the Rock Bar at the Ayana, and Cuca restaurant just down the road.

    • Re (1), no they’re definitely still fine for that – must just be that property is busy.

  9. Re Hilton.

    I have always found that Huilton points credit very quickly, but so far no hint of a mention of my stay last Monday.
    And clicking on the ‘Missing Points’ link has just brought up an error message for the last two days, telling me to phone their USA toll free number…

    • Last month I was surprised to see some post within 48h. On my 6th of 7 stays this month, all posted ok so far but back to the more usual 4 days. My M&M bonuses also posting fine.

    • I emailed HH directly about incorrect points (the points posted, but an incorrect amount). I got an email response within 5 minutes, and the full points posted. They also added the M&M points that didn’t post – even though I had LH on my FF set to default, they could not change from BA. This was also rectified without any fuss.

  10. Another weak promo from Marriott. I’ll be sticking with IHG – both me and Mrs W got excellent offers and between us we should get a total of around 130k points for around £1100 spend – so about a 60% rebate!

  11. OT – Curve users, a change in technology to include more transparency with financial institutions means that you can’t get fee-free cash out using a credit card via Curve from today.

    • No more fee free £200 cash withdrawals from your credit card then.
      Thought they would have publicised this rather more, given the extra fees people might accrue
      Thanks for the link

    • This is very important. Thank you!

      • That is not what the article says!

        • @Rob – from the article:

          “Some transactions may result in charges being levied by certain issuers, dependent on their own terms of service. For example, your card issuer will be able to identify cash withdrawals from your payment card, therefore withdrawing cash from a credit card is not recommended.”

          • Yes, card companies can now do it. Doesn’t mean they all will. We need to wait and see.

            There is a big Curve product shift coming up – Curve giveth and Curve taketh away ….

        • Sussex Bantam says:

          Hmm – wondered if it might have been to do with that Rob. Appreciate you can’t tell us yet !

        • I’m happy to try £200 linked to my Hilton card and will report back. However, I will leave ut a few days for the change to bed in first. Rob obvioydkg seems to remain upbeat on Curve so I see little cause for alarm.

        • It’s what their staff say in the beta forums – email due out soon to warn customers. Will carry by CC company though as to what happens (which makes it more rather than less transparent TBH!)

    • Thank you so much for this! I can’t believe they have not told anyone about this more publicly. What happened to giving 60 days warning if it was a negative change to the t’s & c’s?
      Basically for me the USP of curve has just gone. There is no advantage to me now of using them in the UK, unless paying HMRC is counted as a normal payment.

      • That’s not what it says.

        It says your card company CAN choose to do this if it wants. It doesn’t mean it WILL.

        In the same way that Tesco now treat Revolut top-ups as cash withdrawals but other cards have chosen not to ….

        • That may be but the way it had been “announced” is poor, plus this section fun the article has to be a concern surely:
          “For example, your card issuer will be able to identify cash withdrawals from your payment card, therefore withdrawing cash from a credit card is not recommended.”

        • I think the big issue is knowing in advance how your CC company will treat a curve cash withdrawal. I don’t use much cash but I do withdraw about £100 a month through curve linked to HSBC WE. It’s whether it’s worth the risk now knowing that at any point they could start to treat it like a cash advance.

        • Someone will have to take one for the team!

          Curve says they sent me a new debit card but I haven’t received it, and they say the old (corp) card is going to be deactivated soon… when it stops working, I think I won’t bother chasing them for a debit card unless someone comes up with a new reason (paying 1% forex fee to earn points on IHG/Hilton stays with their card etc. doesn’t cut it for me and I don’t have large tax bills)

        • I can’t believe a credit card company would miss a chance to make money. I might withdraw £10 or so near to my linked card payment date to see what happens (as I recall, until the full statement balance is paid off you’ll be charged interest on any cash withdrawals).

        • the_real_a says:

          What is being said is that the MCC of the original transaction will be passed through to your credit card so the transaction will be treat exactly like making the card transaction with the underlying card. Go stick your credit card in the ATM and see what happens…

          Reward credit cards do not give points on cash-like transactions. So even if you get hit with a cash advance fee you wont get the points. People are going to get a very, very nasty surprise at statement time.

          This is a massive development – I think this does deserve its own article Rob!

        • Strange to choose a Bon Vivant rehash over covering a potentially major change to Curve, Cathay PE sale, LH PE sale…

          • I am speaking with the Curve CEO on Monday.

            Bon Vivant articles need to be scheduled around Emyr’s availability to reply quickly. And I’m in New York, so I didn’t fancy writing another full article 🙂

        • @Crafty, Bon Vivant is timely given the amex Penindula offer and the Halifax Conrad/WA offer.

        • @Anna, if you want to withdraw GBP cash on a UK credit card it is best to do it when there is no balance at all, and pay it off ASAP.

          Withdrawing cash near to a direct debit date means that it will be 1-2 weeks before the next statement, and the DD will only pay off the previous statement. Though at 18.9% APR it’s only £1.50 or so (plus any fees)

        • Shoe string says:

          You might have the decimal point in the wrong place! Anna said £10.

          Wife took out £300 @ATM abroad on the Clarity card & I forgot to fund it – 6 weeks later the interest was only a couple of quid.

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