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A 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.

Marriott Manchester Airport

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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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 sign-up bonus 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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 (34)

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  • Ben says:

    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.

  • Mark L says:

    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.

    • Mark C says:

      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.

      • Mark L says:

        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 🙁

  • John says:

    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

  • Mark L says:

    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?

    • mike says:

      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.

      • Carl says:

        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.

        • Chris Palmer says:

          Exactly. This is a major change to the scheme. Definitely worth an announcement.

          • Rob says:

            Good idea Chris, because publicising self-referrals to the 85% of staff at Amex’s UK head office who read HFP is clearly sensible 🙂

        • Chris Palmer says:

          Better hope they don’t check this comments section..!

        • Mark L says:

          Whoops, i hadn’t thought of that when i posted, shame i cant delete my origination post

  • N says:

    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?

  • 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.


  • Den says:

    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?

  • 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?

    • Rob says:

      Will do. Template works, reader emailed today to say BA immediately caved in on receipt.

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