With the integration of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest now behind them – although there are still some issues to fix, including the restarting of Amex transfers – Marriott Rewards has launched a generous new offer for anyone who is not currently a member.
If you join and make two stays at any of the Marriott or Starwood brands between now and 28th January 2019, you will receive a voucher for a FREE night.
This is strictly for new member of Marriott Rewards only.
The only ‘catch’ is that the free night is only valid at hotels costing up to 25,000 Marriott Rewards points per night. This means, at least in Europe, you are looking at a three-star property.
The rules do say that “You may use additional points to upgrade your room type, subject to availability” but that implies that you can use more points to get a better room at a 25,000 points per night hotel, and NOT that you can use points to stay at a hotel which usually costs 30,000+ points.
Apart from that, the rules are few:
Your free night must be used within one year of receiving your voucher, which will be generated after your 2nd stay
You need to do two stays, not two nights. Booking two back-to-back stays at the same hotel will not work.
Whilst the voucher can be used globally, this list shows the UK hotels which can be booked for 25,000 points and is a decent example of the sort of place you’ll be spending your free night:
- Aberdeen Marriott
- AC Hotel Birmingham
- AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays
- Aloft Liverpool (reviewed here)
- Aloft London Excel
- Bexleyheath Marriott
- Beardsall Priory Marriott
- Bristol Marriott City Centre
- Cheshunt Marriott
- Courtyard Aberdeen Airport
- Courtyard Glasgow Airport
- Courtyard London Gatwick
- Durham Marriott
- Forest of Arden Marriott
- Glasgow Marriott
- Hanbury Manor Marriott
- Heathrow / Windsor Marriott
- Huntingdon Marriott
- Leeds Marriott
- Leicester Marriott
- Lingfield Park Marriott
- Liverpool Marriott City Centre
- London Marriott Twickenham
- Manchester Airport Marriott (photo above, reviewed here)
- MOXY Aberdeen Airport
- MOXY Glasgow
- MOXY London Excel (reviewed here)
- MOXY London Stratford
- MOXY Heathrow Airport
- Newcastle Gateshead Marriot Metro Centre
- Northampton Marriott
- Peterborough Marriott
- Portsmouth Marriott
- Preston Marriott
- Renaissance London Heathrow
- Residence Inn Aberdeen
- Sheraton Heathrow
- St Pierre Marriott
- Swansea Marriott
- Tudor Park Marriott
- University Arms, Cambridge
- Waltham Abbey Marriott
- Worsley Park Marriott
The sign-up page for the offer – remember that you must be a brand new Marriott Rewards member – is here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
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.)