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Save with generous new Amex cashback deals at Marriott and Hyatt

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American Express has launched new cashback deals with Marriott and Hyatt. Assuming that you have them on your cards, you could make a decent saving on your bookings between now and the end of the year.

If targeted, you will find these offers on your online statement page. Remember to look under each card you have, and to save the offer to your card. Do it sooner rather than later, as the offers disappear once the target number of registrations has been hit.

American Express hotel cashback deals Marriott Hyatt

(This is, I am told, one of the frustrating issues for companies offering these deals. In order to cap their exposure, they need to limit the number of registrations. However, it is impossible to know what percentage of people who register will actually make a purchase before the deadline.

The problem is getting worse. Cardholders realise that good offers disappear quickly so they register for decent ones ‘just in case’ even if they are unlikely to take advantage of it. We wrote an article on a good Mr Porter deal recently only to have to pull it when it hit the registration cap.)

Get £50 American Express cashback at Marriott hotels

What is the Marriott Amex cashback deal?

You will receive £50 cashback when you spend £200 by 31st December.

Despite what I originally wrote, it seems that some people do have this on Marriott Bonvoy American Express cards. My wife had it on her Gold.

The list of participating Marriott hotels is here. It covers Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The rules say that it is valid on ‘check-out spend’ only but the rules are not as specific as those for the Hyatt offer below.

Remember that Amex charges a 3% foreign exchange fee which will eat up part of your saving. If you have a card with 0% FX fees, you may want to split the bill and put just enough on your Amex to be certain of hitting £200.

It is not clear if cumulative spend counts. It generally does with hotel promotions.

Don’t forget to register for the latest Marriott promotion

The latest Marriott Bonvoy promotion offers you 2,500 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points per stay. I would value these at £12.50 based on 0.5p per point.

You get a one-off bonus of 5,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points on your third stay.

The offer runs from 13th August to 18th October. You MUST register via this link before your stay.

Combine with this offer with your American Express cashback and you would have a very attractive deal.

If you are not already a Marriott Bonvoy member you can join here.

World of Hyatt

What is the Hyatt Amex cashback deal?

You will receive £100 cashback when you spend £300 by 31st December.

The list of participating Hyatt hotels is here. It covers Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Importantly, the terms state that pre-paid online rooms do not count. You need to have £300 of check-out spend to trigger the bonus. This could, of course, be food and drink charges billed during a pre-paid stay.

Remember that Amex charges a 3% foreign exchange fee which will eat up part of your saving outside the UK. If you have a card with 0% FX fees, you may want to split the bill and put just enough on your Amex to be certain of hitting £300.

It is not clear if cumulative spend counts. It generally does with hotel promotions.

The current World of Hyatt promotion ends on 15th September – details here. It isn’t yet clear what, if anything, will replace it.

And if you need a taxi …..

A new cashback offer with high-end London ride app Wheely has appeared on some cards. You will receive £50 cashback when you take three Wheely rides by 7th November.

Wheely is like Uber Exec – you will usually get a high-end Mercedes – but reader feedback is that the service is a lot more polished.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our August 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (82)

  • BJ says:

    ‘preaching to be converted’
    🙂

  • CC says:

    This did appear on my Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. I’ve saved it.

    Interesting that the list of participating hotels for this offer in the PDF is much longer than the list of “nearby locations” that AMEX shows in-app.

  • Phillip says:

    I have the Marriott offer on both Gold and Marriot cards.

  • kt1974 says:

    Also offers for Small Luxury hotels, Apex hotels, Set hotels, Handpicked hotels, and 15% off Gett on my card. They’re truly spoiling us

    • Jay says:

      I wouldn’t go as far as to say we are being spoiled !!

      • Alan says:

        Yep, maybe if we were actually doing much travelling we would be being spoiled! I’m glad of the Dropbox offer at least, that should be £50 back.

  • Craig says:

    I have tried repeatedly to register for the Marriott promotion but have been unable to do so – did anybody else encounter the same and if so, how do I overcome this? Thanks in advance

    • Matt says:

      I messaged the Bonvoy lurker on Flyertalk, alternatively I think you’ll have to phone up

    • Kyle says:

      Just reach out to Marriott via private message in Twitter and they will promptly add it.

      • Fenny says:

        Why would touching someone get you anything other than a restraining order? I loathe the term “reach out” meaning “communicate”.

  • Andrew says:

    Wheely seems a good deal as there isn’t a spend threshold – certainly easy to break even with 3 free rides and potentially make a profit if the journeys are purposely short at the £12 minimum fare.

  • Harry T says:

    What’s interesting is I’ve also spent money at Marriott hotels on the Bonvoy card recently but still got the offer. However, my Platinum card doesn’t have the offer.

    • meta says:

      Not on my Marriott card, but to make things interesting, I have Hyatt offer on my Marriott card as well as SLH offer. Same as I had Hilton in the past. Amex IT at its best!

  • Paul says:

    My platinum card renewal took place the other day and so I phoned American Express to talk to them about what incentives they were providing in order to renew. They immediately pointed to the offers which undoubtedly offer some value, if you can use them. But as I pointed out before, many of these offers are very London centric focused on restaurants and hotels that are only available to people who are visiting or staying in London. The media and mobile phone data suggest that this is very few people indeed. in the end I managed to negotiate 40000 membership reward points in order to renew the card because really I don’t want to spend £260 on a pair of swimming trunks nor do I shop at Lulu Lemon or cheval. I looked again this morning at the offers I have available and I’ve managed to save two and both are highly speculative. I hope that what I was told on Sunday – that American Express are concerned about customer retention is true and that the offers ion both the platinum card and particularly on the BA premium plus card improve markedly in the coming months.
    with very limited Travel it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify holding either of these cards though I must say that American Express Platinum insurance remains their standout benefit.

    • Jay says:

      Agreed. Although it would be nice if it still covered upto 80 years of age instead of 70.

    • Andrew says:

      I rang a couple of weeks ago too and they assured me that once Shop Small was over (this weekend) then there would be something attractive again for Platinum members – hope that’s true. Currently even the gold card is more attractive as they have a 50% increase on the MR burn rate.

    • Alan says:

      Agree many of the offers are very London-centric or for overpriced brands I’d never consider purchasing from.

      Interesting you managed to get 40k MR – had you had the bonus they were offering a few months ago too?

      • jil says:

        no, you will not be able to get the retention offer again if you took it ealier, now it seems many people are getting 40k.

        • Darren says:

          I wonder if they would offer anything for Gold upgrade to Platinum?

        • Jonathan says:

          Not true. I had the initial 20k a few months ago & then a further 30k a couple of weeks ago. Not been a serial churned & been a continuous cardholder (BA PP & Platinum) for 8+years though.

    • Lady London says:

      Well done. The Germans have been getting 40,000 incentive for renewing from Amex. United Kingdom Amex had been cheaping out offering UK citizens only 15,000 to 20,000 so it is good Amex is now showing some love to the UK as we can walk away too.

      The Amex non-offering in the Platinum benefits – Priority Pass lounges constantly refusing PP holders admission in the UK – and their travel insurance that has no way of paying for coverage for even minor pre-existing conditions – plus their refusal to cover up to age 80 when by definition Amex clients are likely to be old and /or rich – makes Amex Plat not worth keeping anyway for less than 40,000 MR’s to balance their excessive fees.

      • Rob says:

        Just had another reader email me saying he got a 40k incentive not to cancel Plat.

        • Andrew says:

          When I called last weekend they went through the process to see what could be offered (it was a very helpful person in Brighton) but the system only offered to pay monthly as I had already had the 20k a couple of months ago.

        • Fenny says:

          My Gold is due for renewal this month. Given that I’ll have to pay the fee this year, what are they likely to offer me to stay?

          • Dezbez says:

            My wife was offered 5k MR (if spend £1,000) not to cancel. This was about 4 months before the fee was due though, so you might get offered more if it’s closer (or you might not be offered anything).

        • Genghis says:

          Then cancels the day after points all cleared out.

        • Pid says:

          Might try again then as last time we tried on my wife’s card they offered nothing.

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