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Win a stay at The University Arms in Cambridge, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection

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In the fifth day of the Marriott Bonvoy ‘Week of Wonders’, we are looking at discovering new UK destinations with the theme of ‘Wonders of Discovery’. Not only that, we are launching the first of FIVE daily competitions to win a stay at a Marriott International hotel somewhere in the UK.

With international travel still very much uncertain at the moment, many of us have turned to UK destinations when needing a break. It’s become a great opportunity to discover areas and cities you may have never ventured before in the UK.

Yesterday we covered the current Week of Wonders promotion from Marriott Bonvoy that offers redemption stays for 33% fewer points during off-peak periods, including much of October and November.

We thought we’d flag a couple more locations worth considering if you fancy your own staycation this autumn.

Derbyshire still remains out of major lockdown measures and Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & County Club could provide a welcome break, bordering the Peak District National Park and surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Breadsall Priory is the oldest Marriott International hotel in the world, dating back to 1266.

Redemption nights are available from 30,000 points with the 33% off-peak discount, but cash stays are also available from a very reasonable £78 per night at the moment.

Alternatively, London Marriott Hotel County Hall is offering a child-friendly city-break in London this half-term with their ‘Very Important Kids’ package. This includes a teddy bear on arrival, pamper essentials including mini slippers, bathrobes, dressing gowns and dedicated kids toiletries. You can see more on this deal here.

Enter our Monday competition

And now we are excited to launch the first of our five daily competitions to celebrate the Marriott Bonvoy Week of Wonders!

Each day from today we will unveil a new prize to win, but you will only have until midnight that day to enter.

Today’s prize is a one night stay at University Arms Hotel, Autograph Collection in Cambridge.

Rob stayed recently and really enjoyed the hotel’s amazing £80m refurbishment and excellent location in the centre of Cambridge. The lucky winner of this prize will enjoy a stay in a Superior room, along with breakfast for themselves and a friend.

If you don’t win, remember that this is one of the best value Marriott Bonvoy redemptions in the UK. Rooms are guaranteed to be 20,000 points per night during October and November, if booked by 15th October, compared with cash rates of £150 – £200.

You can find out more about the University Arms on its website here.

How to enter

This is a very easy competition to enter – no email list sign ups or Instagram follows required this time!

You simply answer one very easy question using the app at the bottom of the page (or using this link if you don’t see the entry form below) and enter your name and email address.

Your details will only be used to contact the winner and to confirm your entry – the data will not be used for any other purpose and will be destroyed following the competition end.

Ts and Cs to note

Prize is a one night stay at University Arms Hotel, Autograph Collection, for two people in a superior guest room.

The prize is valid for travel between 13th October 2020 and 31st July 2021, subject to availability.  The hotel will confirm when request is received.

The prize includes breakfast per guest.

Booking must be made no later than 29th July 2021. Travel must be completed by 31st July 2021.

Prize is not available for redemption between 21st – 26th June and the 12th – 16th July 2021.

Travel dates past the specified redemption dates will be re-assessed if travel restrictions are implemented which impact the ability to travel.

The prize does not include travel costs, travel insurance, minibar, laundry or any other costs of a personal nature (including spending money) for the winner and their companion.

Entry open to over 18s only

You must be a UK resident to enter. You will not be able to enter if you are accessing this site from outside the UK.

The competition closes TONIGHT at midnight so you have less than 24 hours to enter!

You can find the full terms and conditions in a link in the competition app, please ensure you read them as the above terms are only a selection of the full set.

Best of luck.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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.

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

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (28)

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  • Peter K says:

    Thank you for organising the competition Rob et al.

  • Vit says:

    Tough question, I had to Google the answer.😅

  • Crafty says:

    Having trouble booking this hotel using an SPG free night voucher. There is definitely points availability, sub-25k, on my chosen night; but the option to use my voucher isn’t showing. Has anyone else encountered such a problem with this hotel in particular?

  • Crafty says:

    Or she!

  • Michael C says:

    Is it only valid for satys “with a friend”?
    Or could you take your spouse instead?!! ;o)

  • ankomonkey says:

    Oldest Marriott hotel, from 1266 you say? I wonder what the Bonvoy Platinum and Titanium perks were in those days…

  • Geoffrey Brewis-Levie says:

    We used to live in Cambridge would love to go back . We remember the University Arms very well!! and its my wife’s birthday today!!

  • cinereus says:

    Have to question how independent that review was now…

    • Rob says:

      My review? Totally independent.

      I think – although you should ask Sinead because I’m not involved – that Marriott was originally planning to offer a prize at another hotel, but after my review went out they thought University Arms would be a better choice.

      Let me clarify in advance that the prize tomorrow is one where I went to the launch party a couple of years ago and which Anika has reviewed (she took her new boyfriend at the time, they got upgraded to a huge suite and now they have 2 kids 🙂 ), the hotel on Wed is where Sinead went for her wedding anniversary last month and the one on Thu is one I stayed in last year. All coincidence, bizarrely. However, I don’t think any of us have stayed in the final prize hotel on Friday!

      • Sinead says:

        As Rob says, the review of University Arms was written completely independently of the Marriott Bonvoy discussions and another London-based hotel was the original prize. We suggested a non-London hotel to Marriott might be better as we know quite a few of our readers live in the capital and Marriott came back with University Arms, after the review had been published.

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