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How to get a 25% discount if you buy Marriott Bonvoy hotel points

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UPDATE – APRIL 2023:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.

Click here for our article on Marriott’s Spring promotion, which runs from 7th February to 23rd April. You receive 1,000 bonus points per night and double elite night credits. You can register here.

You will get a 40% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points by 3rd April. Click here to buy.

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You have your first opportunity to buy Marriott Bonvoy at a discount since the scheme launched in February.

Via this page of the website, you will save 25% on all points purchases until 15th May.

You can buy up to 50,000 points per year, which will cost you $468.75 (£360) under this offer.

Buy Marriott points at a discount

My rule of thumb is that a Marriott Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p so this offer is not great at 0.72p per point.

However, you might find it worthwhile if:

you are topping off your account before making a points booking, or

you are planning a stay at a property where you know you will get outsized value

The snag with Marriott Bonvoy is that the annual points buying cap is too low to allow you to exploit the deal.  The St Regis New York, for example, can easily run to $1,300 per night including taxes, which makes 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a great deal.  The problem is that you can only buy 50,000 points per year.

The link to buy is here if you are interested.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (April 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 bonus points and 15 elite night credits 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

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 (92)

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  • Chris says:

    £590 business to Tel Aviv? Or should it be £1590?

  • Mark2 says:

    Has anyone who upgraded Green Amex to Platinum and spent £1,000 had the 20,000 points please?
    Did they appear automatically as usual?

    • The Original Nick says:

      @Mark2. Green Amex has just arrived which I referred my OH for last Sunday morning (received 18000 MR points and not 12000). How does she upgrade for the 20000 MR points if she’s held or cancelled an Amex card in the last few months? (cancelled SPG and Gold Charge card in Feb)

      • Mark2 says:

        I used this link
        I do not think that previous cards have any effect in this case but only just reached £1,000 hence question.
        Interested to hear that you got 18,000; my wife referred me for Gold just for referral points but card not received yet. Fingers crossed.

        • The Original Nick says:

          Thanks. I noticed yesterday on via the Amex App that the referral from Amex Plat is still showing 18000 MR points but when you click on the link to refer it then shows 12000 MR points.
          I may just cancel the Green card but not sure yet! Or just not activate it.

        • The Original Nick says:

          When did your wife refer you and when did you apply? My 18000 points hit just yesterday so Sunday to Friday.

        • Mark2 says:

          My wife referred me on Wednesday so with the holiday it will probably be next weekend at the earliest.

    • Tracy says:

      Did the upgrade at start of week, plat card arrived Thursday and online showed plat from Thursday but no points. I have done this in the past from gold to plat and points were there when online card changed to plat. Hope I don’t have to chase Amex…..

  • Anna says:

    The Grand Cayman Westin and Marriott are around $800 or 60,000 points per night (unless peak pricing changes this in the next few weeks) at Easter next year when I’m looking to make a redemption so this would be a good deal for us. The Ritz Carlton is over $1000 per night, or 85,000 points but the $95 per night “resort fee” severely discourages me from staying there!

  • Qwerty Bertie says:

    On the topic of Priority Pass holders being turned away with the excuse that the lounge is full, has anybody experienced it outside of the UK?

    • Anna says:

      No – I’ve used it at Nice and Hamburg with no issues, but 2 times out of 3 have been refused at Manchester.

    • Chris says:

      Yep the Alaska lounge in LAX, every single time, never made it into that lounge yet

      • Lady London says:

        Alaska is famous for that and very recently it also became official that Alaska lounges no longer accept pp at all in several key locations.

        After hearing more about what is Amex’s medium term strategy for the UK so we can understand what’s going on I would most like to hear from Priority Pass about their strategy going forward especially with these lounges that are clearly delinquent so far as pp users are concerned – Gatwick and Manchester being particularly famous on here. Pp seems to not care but it certainly takes away from the value of Amex Plat in the UK where this keeps happening.

        • Rob says:

          Collinson, who own PP, are launching their own Club Aspire lounges to help here. That is the difference between Aspire and Club Aspire – PP owns half of a Club Aspire.

        • Lady London says:

          Not been in many Aspire lounges but the few I have been were not very good and tbh not an aspirational experience. No. 1 Gatwick and T3 are about my minimum standard that I’m OK to pays for. Perhaps Club Aspire will meet or exceed No. 1 standards?

          Come to think of it, Collinson seems an interesting business. Would be interesting to find out which direction they think things are heading over all.

          • Rob says:

            Collinson also owns a big loyalty consultancy, owns a lot of insurers inc Columbus and runs online shopping sites inc the BA and Virgin ones.

            I had lunch with the founder last year at his invitaton, fascinating guy.

        • Lady London says:

          Very very interesting Rob. They must be making a lot of money selling data then. And i think it’s privately held? Collinson sounds like a really really interesting business.

  • Ben says:

    o/t – I seem to recall a very generous taxi/minicab offer on here a few months ago but can’t for the life of me find it, am I going senile? If not, could somebody point me in it’s direction or does anybody have any other offers? Going to Heathrow tomorrow and don’t fancy the Picadilly line at 7am on Easter Sunday.

  • Ben says:

    Thanks Lumma – just checked and unfortunately I don’t have it. Also noticed that by walking to the bottom of my street and from SE to SW I would have saved £20 on my fare, which still makes it a relatively attractive option.

    • Louise says:

      Wheely have a 20% off for first ride referral code, my code is UNJDG if it helps

  • Doug M says:

    Wheely are great. I think Blacklane are the airport specialists.

  • Alex D says:

    OT: Interesting Amex offer on my BAPP, send £1500 on BA and selected partners and receive an extra 1500 Avios up to three times.

    • Sandra says:

      Just checked & I have spend £500 with BA or travel partners (quotes Avis and Marriott as examples) on my BAPP and receive 500 extra Avios up to 3 times until 15/7, so obviously different targets are being given & calculated via some sort of average spend criteria. Wasn’t there yesterday when I checked to see if my £5 Lidl rebate had credited (it has).

      • Rob says:

        Thanks. Can you post the full list of partners from the small print please? Neither my wife nor I has this.

        • Idrive says:

          There is no proper full list of partners at least i could not find it: the offer quotes BA flights and holidays, Marriott International- European Locations, Avis and Heathrow Express.

        • Stu N says:

          I have Spend £3,000, get 3,000 Avios version.

          OFFER TERMS
          Offer only available when you spend £3,000 or more at any combination of participating Avios partners from 15 April until 15 July 2019. Participating Avios partners include British Airways flights or holiday packages, Marriott International European Locations, Avis and Heathrow Express. See participating locations for Avis here and Marriott International here.
          For Avis, Heathrow Express, British Airways and BA Holidays, spend must be made in Great British Pound (GBP) on the British Airways American Express Card to which the Offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet. For Marriott, spend can be made in Great British Pound (GBP), Euro (EUR), Swedish Kroner (SEK) or Swiss Franc (CHF) and will only be rewarded if the spend threshold of £3,000 (Great British Pounds (GBP)) is met. Should the amount charged not meet the spend threshold due to a fluctuation in the exchange rate the statement credit will not be rewarded. Offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and is not valid for transactions made using third party Payment Aggregators or travel agencies.
          This promotion is intended for UK British Airways American Express Cardmembers only. 3,000 Avios will be rewarded per UK Card up to a maximum of three times. This offer only available to Cardmembers who save the Offer to their Card. Rewarded Avios may be reversed if qualifying transaction is refunded or cancelled. This Offer only applies to those Cardmembers who were targeted. This Offer will not be valid for any other Cardmembers or product holders.
          Spend must be billed to your Card account by 30 June 2019 to be eligible for this Offer. Avios should appear on your billing statement within five days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 15 July 2019.
          For full Offer Terms and more details about statement credits click here. By saving the Offer to your Card, you agree to the Offer Terms.


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