The new name for Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will be ….
…. Marriott Bonvoy, it seems. Which is a bit odd.
The name is, of course, a play on ‘bon voyage’. Whilst there has been no official announcement, if you do a Google search for ‘Marriott Bonvoy’ you will find some trademark registration websites which show various recent Marriott filings under that name.
What appeared to be a Marriott test site was also accessible for a few hours last week. It reportedly shows that Platinum Premier Elite will be renamed Titanium Elite whilst those on 100+ nights and with $20,000+ of spend will be called Ambassador Elite. This means that Marriott Bonvoy will have FIVE elite levels:
- Silver Elite (10-24 nights)
- Gold Elite (25-49 nights)
- Platinum Elite (50-74 nights)
- Titanium Elite (75-99 nights)
- Ambassador Elite (100+ nights and $20k of annual spend)
In reality, benefits are very similar once you hit Platinum Elite, with the upgrades and the guaranteed 4pm check-out kicking in. There are some screenshots on the One Mile At A Time site here.
To be honest, I had my money on ‘Marriott Preferred Guest’ or even ‘Marriott Rewards’ (ie no change) but it seems I underestimated Marriott.
Don’t forget that some nasty changes will happen to the Bonvoy redemption chart in January. The new top category launches AND peak date pricing begins. This means that the top redemption price jumps from 60,000 points per night to 100,000 points. We will be covering this change more during December in case you want to lock in any stays.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2022)
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.
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
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