UPDATE – JUNE 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.
You can currently buy Marriott Bonvoy points with a 30% discount. See this page of marriott.com for details. The offer runs to 20th June.
Time is running out to register for the current Marriott MegaBonus promotion. As it’s Christmas Eve and there isn’t much else going on, I’d thought I’d run through it again.
In what is a slightly annoying Marriott habit, registration for MegaBonus closes on 7th January even though the promotion runs until 31st January. This means that you should register before 7th January if there is any chance of you having a two night stay before the end of the month.
How does the current MegaBonus promotion work?
Here are the key points:
The promotion is called ““MegaBonus in More Places”
It runs from 26th September to 31st January 2019 (registration closes 7th January)
You will receive 2,000 bonus points on all paid stays of 2+ nights
You will receive an additional 1,000 bonus points for each different Marriott / Starwood brand you stay at, starting with your second brand
If you stay at 10 different brands over the promotional period, you will earn 10,000 additional bonus points
If you stay at all 29 brands over the promotional period, you will earn 29,000 additional bonus points (you won’t be completing this one, given that it involves staying at EVERY Marriott / Starwood brand!)
All 6,700 hotels across all 29 hotel brands are taking part
The 29 brands you can stay at to earn bonus points include: AC Hotels, Aloft, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, Edition, Element, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Gaylord, Le Meridien, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites, W and Westin.
What is the bonus worth?
I value a Marriott Rewards point at 0.5p. Arguably, if you use them for Category 8 hotels which are capped at 60,000 points per night if you book by March 2019 (for stays until March 2020), you can do a lot better but 0.5p is a fair long term average.
My room at St Regis New York which I reviewed here was selling for $1100 + tax per night which is over 1.5p per point, but that is an outlier. The suite I was upgraded to was selling for $2800 + tax per night! The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach, which I reviewed here, is £800 per night for their private villas but just 60,000 points.
2,000 bonus points means that you are receiving £10 of value for every two night stay. This is on top of your standard points.
This increases to £15 of bonus points when you are triggering a bonus for your 2nd and subsequent brands. This promotion obviously works best for cheaper, shorter stays.
It makes sense to register for the MegaBonus offer now. It runs until the end of January and you never know when a 2+ night Marriott / Starwood stay will turn up.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (June 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
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.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)