UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.
There is a ‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points via this link by 25th September 2021.
Marriott Bonvoy has launched its latest ‘bonus points’ promotion.
Here are the key points:
The promotion is called “Elevated Earning”
It runs from 17th March to 14th June (registration via this link is open now and closes 31st May)
You will receive 2,000 bonus points from your SECOND paid stay after registration
Existing bookings count
There is no cap on how many bonus points you can earn
All 7,200 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, Moxy, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites, W and Westin.
What is the Marriott bonus worth?
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 2,000 bonus points mean that you are getting an additional return of £10-worth of points after your 2nd stay.
What are your other hotel promo options?
Looking at the other major chains ….
Accor Live Limitless is offering up to 6,000 bonus points if you can do 3 x 2-night stays before 7th June, booked by 6th March (two days left!). You can register here.
Hilton Honors is offering 2,000 bonus points on all stays from 6th January until 3rd May, with an additional 10,000 points for every 10 nights. You can register here.
IHG Rewards Club has brought back its 4x promotion. It starts slowly but by your 15th night you will be earning 4 x standard base points. You can register here. Bookings must be made by 15th April with stays completed by 15th May.
Radisson Rewards has the most generous offer if you can manage 15 stays by the end of March. This would earn you 150,000 bonus points, with smaller rewards for fewer stays. You can register here.
World of Hyatt is offering double base points on your stays up to to 15th May. You don’t get the bonus on your first stay after registration. You can register here. Registration closes on 31st March.
In the context of the others offer on the table, the Marriott Bonvoy offer looks OK. Realistically it is too late to get full value from the Accor and Radisson offers now, and the IHG offer requires a lot of nights before you start hitting the full 4x base points. 2,000 Marriott points beats 2,000 Hilton points. For a very expensive stay, however, the World of Hyatt double base points offer would beat this.
That said …. given the current state of the global hotel industry, I thought Marriott might take advantage of its ‘last mover advantage’ with Spring offers to really blow our socks off. Let’s be frank, they need the bookings.
It makes sense to register for this new Marriott Bonvoy offer now. It runs until the 14th June and registration cuts off early on 31st May. Remember that only stays from 17th March count.
Click here to visit the registration page on the Marriott website.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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 usually 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.
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)