FREE hotel night for new Marriott Rewards members who do just two stays

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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.

The sign-up page for the offer is here.

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:

Marriott Manchester Airport

  • 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.

PS. Remember to register for the new Marriott Rewards promotion at the same time, with bonus points for stays of 2+ nights.  The Autumn promo registration page is here.

(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. Best category 4 redemption in Europe in my opinion is the Roomers Baden Baden. Rates regularly hover at 230 euros per night. Unquestionably a 5 star spa hotel, with the added bonus of being able to hike in the black forest. Seems to fly under the radar a little bit.

  2. I still cant register for the 2+ nights promotion, is anyone else having the same issue? When I try to register, I get the flowing message:

    A Note About This Promotion
    We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.

    • I am still having it too. I have contact them directly (online form) and asked them to register me. I couldn’t register for the last one either mind you.

      • Cheers, I’ve contacted them. In fact, I’m also only receiving 1/2 the amount of Base and Elite points that i should be awarded, since July this year. Seems like i’m spending quite a bit of time in contact with Marriott recently 🙁

  3. Would it work if I open a new Marriott account – I have never stayed in a Marriott or Starwood under my own name so my existing account has no activity

  4. Sorry to hijack this thread, but i have a question about AMEX referrals

    I have found an issue with AMEX referrals. In the past, I have always been able to refer any card family from my current AMEX card (eg referral to SPG from a gold card), however I’ve tried to refer my wife today, and it seems I am only able to refer her to a gold or Plat card from my existing gold! Has something changed?

    • yeap unfort I think they have shut the door for good on this, the horse has bolted.

      was great while it lasted, but methinks it must have cost amex a shed load of money.

      • Really? What a bummer. At least I managed to refer myself for Nectar and Gold CC from my Platinum charge card last week before it ended.

  5. Any way to ‘force’ this promo on existing accounts? If I remember correctly, last time this was run some people managed to apply it to existing accounts?

  6. jimmyjimmy says:

    I am correct in thinking AMEX MR point transfers to Marriot/Starwood is not working since the merger.
    I thought I read such in an old thread but cant find it now.

    Its not working for me hence trying to establish if this is just my account or universal.


  7. I’ve never had a Marriott Rewards account, although I do have an SPG account courtesy of Amex Platinum, which I’ve never logged into. I’ve not logged into my merged account either. Would I still be eligible for his offer as a new MR member?

  8. RICK STUDLY says:


    I just phoned BA to try and cancel my non- refundable flights booked during the breach and they wouldn’t accept that they were doing any refunds- do I have to put in in writing?

    Rob says:
    14 September 2018 at 18:29
    Yes, I’ll send you a template letter. You need to threaten them with the appropriate legal benchmarks.

    Harry says:
    16 September 2018 at 12:13
    Rob, can you send me the template as well?

    Rob says:
    16 September 2018 at 14:44

    RICK STUDLY says:
    18 September 2018 at 18:52
    Rob, can you send me the template as well?

  9. Marriott/SPG related: Are they allowing people to upgrade their old unused travel packages? I have the old Cat 1-5 (which is the new 1-4) but the hotels that are looking more suitable are new Cat 5. Can i call and upgrade? If yes, for how many points?
    Also, when transferring from Amex to SPG/Marriott, which account number should we use? The new one or old one ? Just don’t want to lose my points in between transfers. Thanks

  10. Totally OT: does anyone know if you still get a hot breakfast in Euro traveller from City before 0930?

    Or have they downgraded it to something else?

    • Flown twice since intro of CE domestic; got a hot bacon roll once, and a cold ham cheese and hard boiled egg yoghurt another.

  11. Chris Clark says:

    University Arms Cambridge is surely not a three star property? I stayed there recently on a SPG AMEX free stay voucher. Is a stunning refurbishment. Cash price of the room I booked was over £180. Quite a considerable improvement on the aloft redemption I would have got before the SPG/marriott merger, which isn’t even worth half that.

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