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My lunch with Clare Smyth and some HFP readers at Core

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A quick ‘hi’ to the HFP readers I met at the ‘Core by Clare Smyth’ Marriott Rewards lunch.

This was the definition of a ‘money can’t buy’ event – except you could buy it from 30,000 Marriott Rewards points, which is the sign up bonus on the SPG American Express card.

‘Core by Clare Smyth’ already had a huge waiting list to get a table, but demand went through the roof when the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars last week, just 14 months after opening.  Being able to buy seats (for points) at a private lunch, exclusively for Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest members, was a privilege.

Here is a photo of me chatting with Clare.  Don’t ask why I’m pointing – we’d all had quite a bit to drink by this point …..

Those who had stumped up 75,000 points for the cookery masterclass seemed to have had an excellent morning, kicking off with breakfast and then working with Clare and her team to prepare parts of the meal.

There is, as I like to stress on HFP, a lot you can do with your points outside of more flights and more hotel rooms.  Hilton, Marriott / SPG and Emirates all offer excellent ‘experiences’ packages for points, and we feature the best of them on HFP as they come up.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(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.)