The new name for Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will be ….

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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)

The new name for Marriott Rewards

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 blog 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 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.

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Comments

  1. Completely OT – BA1 seems to not operate in August, is that right? I really want to fly on it for my retirement trip in 2020 but if this is the case it’ll have to be at Easter as opposed to the summer holidays?

    • That’s if it doesn’t disappear altogether in the meantime!

      • Anna – no it doesn’t operate over much of the summer. And if I were you I’d try everything to get on it before 2020, I’d be amazed if it lasted that long.

        • I fear so, however I’ve got all my leave booked for next year so realistically couldn’t use it before spring 2020 anyway. If it happens, it happens!

  2. O/T Received my Melia points card. There are three ways to activate. If I read correctly all the points will be added at once and appear in your account within maximum of 24 hours. You have 6 months from the date of purchase to activate and then 12 months to use the points. No mention whether this restricted to hotels only just that it is governed by t&c of Melia Rewards.

    • Points actually go on immediately. Need to see if they can be redeemed for Avios but I doubt it as there is a general rule that ONLY points earned for stays can be transferred out.

      Oddly you can redeem for Amazon UK gift cards and your 55k get you £160 if they’d let you do it, so an instant £10 profit 🙂

      • Unless I can transfer to Avios, I am going to wait a bit to trigger as I am booked up for next year and I’d rather use it on stays than Amazon.

      • And of course could already have made 10% by buying amazon gift cards at morrisons

        • Shoestring says:

          *saving* 10% on future Amazon purchases (not *making*)

          Plus your MR points on top

  3. Just saw that Melia gift card is now on Amazon UK site too! However the price is £293 for 55k.

  4. Lady London says:

    such a cheesy name

  5. O/T Missing SPG/Marriott points are finally showing to be transferred in the next round

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