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Marriott has just launched a new Avios bonus promoting European hotels in their Luxury, Premium, Select and Long Stay brand groups.
This means that all Marriott brands except the Autograph Collection, Design Hotels and Tribute Portfolio are included.
You will earn 1,000 bonus Avios per stay with luxury and premium-brand stays. This includes Ritz Carlton, St Regis, JW Marriott, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Edition, Marriott, Sheraton, Delta, Le Meridien, Westin and Renaissance.
Stays at ‘select’ and long stay properties will get you an extra bonus of 500 Avios. These include all the remaining brands that Marriott owns, except the three excluded ones – Autograph Collection, Design Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. In general these are the more budget-friendly options in Marriott’s portfolio, and include Moxy, Aloft and Courtyard.
These bonuses are in addition to the usual 2 Avios per $ spent you can earn when you switch your Marriott Bonvoy account from earning points to earning miles (more on that here). You MUST switch your account to earning miles to take advantage of this offer.
Is this better than the current Marriott Bonvoy points offer?
We don’t know. The current Marriott Bonvoy promotion, ‘Double Take’, ends on 4th June. We don’t know what will replace it yet.
You’re not risking anything, however, as you can swap your Marriott Bonvoy account back from ‘miles’ to ‘points’ if a good points offer launches for your stay dates.
When is the bonus Avios offer running?
This bonus is per stay and not per night, so you will do better on shorter, cheaper stays. We tend to value an Avios at 1p per point, so you are looking at £10 of Avios on stays at the pricier brands and £5 at the cheaper brands. For a one night stay, this could be worth up to 10% back AND you get the ‘2 Avios per $1’ from your base spending too.
The offer is valid for stays from 1st June until the 31st December. Note that it only applies to new bookings. If you have already booked a stay it may be worth checking the prices and re-booking so you are eligible for this promotion.
The booking period is from 1st June until the 31st August.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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