The scheme was suspended to new sign-ups following the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, but it seems that the management of both programmes have decided that they were getting something out of it.
‘Your World Rewards’ is designed to encourage Emirates flyers to stay at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and vice versa. The bottom line is that signing up is a no-brainer if you qualify. ‘Qualifying’ means that you have either Gold Elite status or higher in Marriott Bonvoy or Silver status or higher in Emirates Skywards.
If you are an Emirates status member staying at a Marriott hotel:
If you are an Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold or Platinum member you will receive 1 Skywards mile for every $1 you spend in a Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Importantly, this is in addition to the Marriott Bonvoy points that you already receive. This is a genuine extra benefit.
If you are a Gold or Platinum (sorry Silvers!) Skywards member, you will also receive additional Marriott Bonvoy benefits which are equivalent to those that a Gold-level Bonvoy member would receive. These are:
4pm late check-out subject to availability (this is better than Bonvoy Gold who only get 2pm)
If you are a Bonvoy member flying with Emirates:
Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite or Ambassador Elite members will receive 3 Marriott Bonvoy points per $1 spent on Emirates flights. All Emirates flights count as long as your ticket is under an EK flight code.
This is a very generous deal in my view. I value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.5p each. A £3,000 ($3,750) Emirates business class flight would therefore earn you £55+ of free hotel stays. This is on top of your usual Skywards miles.
Remember that you can obtain Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status for free by signing up for the American Express Platinum charge card. You will retain your Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status for the rest of the current membership year even if you later choose to cancel your Platinum card. The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 30,000 American Express Membership Rewards points which converts into 45,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also get Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status via the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card after spending £15,000 in a year. This card comes with 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points as a sign-up bonus and has a generous earning rate of 3 Bonvoy points per £1, with double points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
How do you register for ‘Your World Rewards’?
You need to register for ‘Your World Rewards’ – it is not automatic.
PS. If you are looking for other ways to top up your Emirates Skywards miles, you need to remember that Emirates no longer has its own UK credit card. However, you can earn Emirates Skywards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile.
Emirates is also a transfer partner with Heathrow Rewards and, of course, various other hotel programmes apart from Marriott Bonvoy.
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