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Marriott Bonvoy launches its Spring bonus points hotel promotion, ‘Elevated Earning’

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UPDATE – JANUARY 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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. 

Marriott is not currently running a global bonus points offer.

Marriott Bonvoy has launched its latest ‘bonus points’ promotion.

You can register here.

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.

Marriott Bonvoy Elevated Earning promotion

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 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.

Register now!

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.


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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

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 Elite 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 MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), 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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to 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 (35)

  • Peter K says:

    I only do a handful of stays pet year and I’m sure I’m not the only person that feels these “bonus starting on your second stay” promotions are actually hotels.com/booking.com/other OTA adverts in disguise. That’s what they drive me to do anyway!

  • meta says:

    I thought Hilton offer is from first stay. This would be much better than Marriott promo which is from second stay.

  • Paul says:

    Can’t see any mention on whether existing bookings count? (in this article or their website)

  • Ian M says:

    Blimey, what a weak promotion.

    Earning rates cut on credit card.

    Regular big devaluations with all the category changes.

    No promotion for a long time and then this poor offering.

  • Freddy says:

    Hotels.com for me

  • Nick Burch says:

    Is this supposed to be a global promotion, or is it partly targetted?

    My Marriott Promotions page is blank, and when I follow the link to register I get

    A Note About This Promotion

    We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.

    The reason for this error could be:

    You’re trying to access a miles promotion and are a points-earner, or vice versa
    You are not eligible for this promotion
    This promotion has expired

    • Stu N says:

      Wasn’t listed under promotions in the app for me but was able to follow link. Try logging into Bonvoy then clicking Rob’s link?

      • Nick Burch says:

        Sadly that didn’t work either. Checking FlyerTalk, it seems it isn’t an isolated problem…

        Quick chat with the Bonvey team has had me manually registered though!

  • Tom says:

    Does anyone know whether cash + points stays are counted as part of this promotion?

  • J says:

    On topic of Marriott I just cancelled + rebooked for an upcoming stay at St Regis Bangkok as the points rate has dropped significantly (a bargain at 30k a night – cash rate though looks to have increased if anything).