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REGISTER NOW: The Marriott Bonvoy new Summer bonus points hotel promotion is here

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Marriott Bonvoy has launched its second ‘bonus points’ promotion since the scheme launched in February.

You can register here by logging in.

(If you have trouble via that link, try this one.)

Here are the key points:

The promotion is called “Endless Earning”

It runs from 2nd July to 16th September (registration closes 2nd September)

You will receive 1,500 bonus points on every stay of 2+ nights

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.

Marriott Bonvoy Summer 2019 Endless Earning promo

What is the Marriott bonus worth?

I value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p.

You earn 10 base points per $1 spent on eligible hotel charges, except at Element, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites hotels, where you earn five points per eligible $1.  Status bonuses are on top of this.

Assuming a 0.5p valuation, the 1,500 bonus points mean that you are getting an additional return of £7.50-worth of points.

This is not hugely generous, and is clearly more attractive on a two night stay than a 10 night stay.

What are your other hotel promo options?

Looking at the other major chains ….

IHG has brought back a version of its Accelerate promotion.  Everyone gets different personalised targets, although in general they are less generous than they were in Spring.  You need to hit your targets before 31st August.  You can register here.

Hilton‘s latest offer is double points, with extra bonuses for hitting 10, 15 or 20 stays before 8th September, starting with your 2nd stay.  You can register here.

Radisson Rewards is offering 3,000 bonus points per NIGHT until 31st August, although this only starts from your 2nd stay after registration.  I would value 3,000 points at £9 so this is generous.  You can register here.

The new Marriott Bonvoy offer does not compare too well, especially on longer stays.  The Radisson offer is clearly better although it only kicks in from your second stay.  Hilton’s offer is clearly better on longer expensive stays but it is marginal on a short cheap stay.

Register now!

It makes sense to register for this new Marriott Bonvoy offer now.  It runs until the 16th September and registration cuts off early on 2nd September.  Remember that only stays from 2nd July count.

Click here to visit the registration page on the Marriott website.

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!  

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which 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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (51)

  • Doug says:

    This ‘promotion’ does not seem to exist.

  • Ian says:

    Any way to transfer avios to Bonvoy or IHG or Hilton?

    Ian

    • Shoestring says:

      no

    • Rob says:

      No, no way out of Avios. This is why flexible currencies like Amex points are more valuable.

      • Waddle says:

        By this notion Rob would you consider Virgin Atlantic miles to be more valuable than Avios because they convert to Hilton etc?
        The paid VA card earns 1.5miles per £ and every mile converts 2:3 to Hilton meaning every £ spent earns 2.25 HH points; a higher earning rate than Amex. So is the paid VA card the highest rate HH earning credit card on the market at the moment?

        • Rob says:

          It is the best Hilton rate, yes, although as Amex to Hilton is 1:2 you’re probably better off with a free Amex Rewards Credit Card.

          The rate is not great though. If you value a Hilton point at 0.33p then you’re getting 0.5p per Virgin mile. If you value IHG at 0.4p you’re getting 0.4p per Vigin mile. This means, in terms of valuation, it doesn’t change what I think of Virgin.

          What is does offer is a ‘get out’ if you find you never get to use your Virgin miles for flights.

    • Andrew says:

      Have you considered just booking the hotel with Avios?

      • Brian says:

        Presumably, you wouldn’t get any status benefits if not booking direct.

  • Andrew says:

    Bits…

    I have a stay booked in a Holiday Inn this Friday night, after the stay I’ll be 250 points short of being IHG “Gold”. Is there any reasonable benefit of being a “Gold” IHG member that makes it worth spending an extra £25 to secure the 250 points and any suggestions on what to spend it on? I’ll be an 11pm arrival, straight to bed, breakfast then on my way.

    Just to be really awkward…

    I’ve been given a complimentary room upgrade and breakfast following a cock-up with the billing at my last stay at this hotel.
    I don’t drink

    The following week, I’ve got 2 points stays booked in MA &CT.

    • David says:

      10% earnings bonus, perhaps a few points or free drink as a “welcome amenity”, that’s about it. Not sure it’s worth going out of your way to spend £25 on…

      Why don’t you just get the free IHG credit card that comes with Gold status though?

  • John says:

    OT – heading off to Uganda in a while, hotel charges to Amex/CC will carry a hefty local uplift (of top of any issuer charges), using cash may be a better option, probably will need c. 10k USD overall (and in notes that aren’t too old or damaged)

    I’d appreciate any recommendations for buying this much US currency in UK

    • Lady London says:

      Travelmoneymax dot com. Moneycorp might still be giving Avios though. Suggest you buy in two tranches as even though dollar is worth less than pound, 10000 is a magic number for things like money laundering and no sense getting it flagged if seller’s system is poorly written.

      I think Caxton or Fairfx may specifically state they offer competitive rates you can contact them about on this size of transaction.

    • BFT01 says:

      I highly recommend Currency on Line Group
      Natasha is excellent and will match or better any rate that you can get.
      You can also send money OS for house purchases or regular payments

      http://www.currencyonlinegroup.com

      • John says:

        Looks the best so far

        We’re not travelling for a while, but with the poor £/$ I want to be ready to buy if things improve markedly

        Thanks

      • Shoestring says:

        yep it’s better rate than Moneycorp, free delivery as well

        on £ to $1000 with Moneycorp you’d be getting $1011 with Currency on Line for same £

    • Zana711 says:

      If you’re London based or can easily get to London, I have used Thomas Exchange Global many times with no issues. There are branches all over central London. Make sure you order online first before showing up for pickup, as they give you a better rate if you do. They will also accept debit cards if you bring ID which saves you having to bring GBP cash.

    • sunguy says:

      You might want to think about a couple of the specialist bureaux in the city in London (if you are down here). They often deal in large transactions in cash. The two that spring to mind are Thomas Exchange (https://www.thomasexchange.co.uk/) and the confusingly named Thomas Exchange Gloabal (https://www.bestforeignexchange.com/) between the 2, they often have the best rates and are where most financial companies send their staff (like mine!).Call them both and see if they will do a deal. They WILL want several sets of ID however.

    • AJA says:

      John, have you checked whether you can take that much in cash into Uganda?

      I’d be wary of carrying that much cash on me.

      Have you considered a prepaid MasterCard?

    • AJA says:

      Also were you aware that you must declare the fact to UK customs if you are carrying €10k or more in equivalent currency between the EU and a non-EU country.?

      https://www.gov.uk/bringing-cash-into-uk

  • BJ says:

    OT: If you are carrying a Lloyd’s balance watch out for interest being mistakenly applied to your account after they issue your new Mastercard, even if you are still within an interest free period like me.

  • N says:

    A weirdly specific OT – Does anyone know if IHG charge (£/$/etc) their hotels (specifically IC) for issuing points on cash stays? Also, do IHG charge their hotels for issuing night credits?

  • JohnT says:

    Oddly doesn’t appear for me?
    PS great points stay at University Arms Cambridge at the weekend including upgrade to King park view (used online checkin and room ready at 11am). What a refurbishment so can’t wait for the Langley next month.
    Oddly when I changed credit card at checkin they somehow duplicated the whole reservation! Fortunately didn’t have enough points for them to deduct…

    • Mark2 says:

      Good to hear about the University Arms. We are staying there in Sept. Have you got any tips about parking please?

      • Richard says:

        As far as I am aware the cheapest parking in Cambridge is at Kelsey Kerridge Leisure Centre, just a short walk across Parker’s Piece from the University Arms.

  • Mandy says:

    I’m not having any luck with either link …

    • @mkcol says:

      Likewise & also when trying to link from another website referencing this promo, even after I’ve logged-in to Bonvoy.

      Guessing it’s targeted.

      • JW says:

        I think it’s only available when you have your profile set to earning points. If you’ve got it set to earn miles with one of their partners it won’t show up.