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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from restaurants and bars without a stay

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A reader dropped me a note to point out that Marriott Bonvoy has recently clarified the wording on when you can earn Bonvoy points from eating or drinking at its hotels.

Here is the new wording, which came into effect a couple of months ago:

ii. Earning at restaurants without a stay is offered:

(1) In Asia Pacific: at Participating Brands of the Loyalty Program, except for Moxy, Element, Marriott Vacation Club, Design Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and ExecuStay, and include restaurants and bars listed on (some exclusions may apply); and

(2) In the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa:  at restaurants and bars at the following Participating Brands of the Loyalty Program: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Tribute Portfolio, Four Points, Aloft and Element

As you can see, the core Marriott brand is excluded in Europe, which is odd.  Admittedly there are another 20 brands which are excluded too, but I would have expected Marriott to be there.

The list of brands where you CAN earn points from a meal in Europe, without booking a room, runs from the top end (St Regis, The Luxury Collection) to the lower end (Aloft).  I’m not sure how the relevant brands are chosen but there is no logic to it. (EDIT: ok, I am being thick. These are all ex-Starwood brands!)

As with the Bonvoy free breakfast benefit rules – which are so complex that I managed to write a full article on how they work – Marriott Bonvoy is struggling to present a simplified offering to members in the face of numerous different agreements signed with hotel owners under both Marriott and Starwood ownership.

Earning Marriott Bonvoy points from restaurants

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!

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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(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.)