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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 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

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 (156)

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  • Dougie Forde says:

    OT Booked a bargain Flybe flight for 4 from Cardiff to Rome weekend of the Italy – Wales rugby.

    The group leader has been contacted by Flybe to say that the flight is overbooked and would we be willing to move to another flight. Needless to say that request was politely declined. They have suggested that we should get to the airport early to make sure we get on the flight even though we paid for allocated seats at time of booking.

    Small wonder Flybe are in difficulties if things like this can happen. Anybody else had a similar experience and what was the outcome?

  • AlexT says:

    I believe the website is

  • tical says:

    you need to have received the Diners club card. If you don’t have it already, call them and they will provide the info necessary to register

  • Boi says:

    OT: Anyone know if the amex paypal offer cumulative? bought stuff in 1 transaction but came as 3 separate payments

    • Lee says:

      I have to call them to trigger the offer as I too made 3 separate payments

    • Louise says:

      Not sure but I have made a few transactions over £30 and it hasn’t shown as being redeemed yet!

      • Kiran says:

        Same here – called and they put a note on my account to check after 90 days of the offer closing. Suspect I’ll have to chase it up next year.

    • Froggee says:

      It’s weird – I spent £50 on three things from Next (paid in a owner) and it didn’t trigger but used it for £200 to top up Zeek and I got an immediate email through from Amex.

  • John says:

    MR POINTS To HH at 3-1.
    Transferred 1k into HH but only received 2k HH.
    Anyone know if you can get 3-1?

  • Anna says:

    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?

    • Anna says:

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

      • Nick says:

        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.

        • Anna says:

          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!

  • meta says:

    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.

    • Rob says:

      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 🙂

      • meta says:

        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.

      • sean says:

        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

  • meta says:

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

    • Rob says:

      Yes, it appeared on Monday (not reduced) but wasn’t there on Friday. Mine just arrived, points credited.

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