UPDATE – OCTOBER 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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 Bonvoy has launched a new bonus points promotion, albeit for only a short period.
It isn’t hugely generous BUT it has virtually no small print and no silly restrictions, so there’s nothing to complain about. If you tend to do one-night stays in the cheaper brands it could work out nicely.
You must register, however.
How many bonus Bonvoy points do I earn?
You earn 2,500 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points per stay.
You get a one-off bonus of 5,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points on your third stay.
What are the key dates?
The offer runs from 13th August to 18th October.
You MUST register via this link before your stay.
Existing bookings DO count – there is no need to rebook. Reward bookings do not count
Is this a good offer?
It’s not life-changing, but as every cash stay, every brand and every country are participating, Marriott Bonvoy has at least made it easy. You don’t need to rebook anything and there is no silly ‘starting with your 2nd stay’ rule.
I value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p. This means that the bonus is worth £12.50 per stay. That’s not a bad return if you are doing cheap one night stays. It is clearly a bad return if you’re doing five nights for £3,000 at the St Regis Mallorca, reviewed here, of course.
If you do three stays to trigger the additional 5,000 points, you would have received 12,500 bonus points – £62.50-worth. This is an average bonus of almost £21 per stay PLUS your standard points. This is pretty good.
You should definitely register if you might have any Marriott Bonvoy stays in the next two months. If you already have one or two booked, I would recommend looking at ways of getting to three stays in order to unlock the additional 5,000 (£25-worth) points.
You can register, and find out more, on this page of the Marriott website.
PS. Remember that the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card now comes with 15 elite night credits. This could be very helpful as you will recently have received some additional elite night credits from Marriott. Adding on a further 15 nights from the credit card could help you reach a higher status or unlock the ’50 nights’ additional bonus.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 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).
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