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As we covered yesterday, the first 2,000 holders of The Platinum Card from American Express to sign up will receive £400 to spend at selected Marriott International hotels.

To see if you are targetted, have a look at our previous article.

If you WERE targeted, there is some good news. If you book your stay via Emyr Thomas at Bon Vivant, the Head for Points official hotel booking partner, you will receive extra benefits on top.

The Langley

How does the £400 cashback deal work?

The offer launched on Monday morning. Only 2,000 people are able to register, after which it will disappear from the Amex website.

If you have The Platinum Card, I STRONGLY recommend that you look at your online offers page IMMEDIATELY. If you see this offer, click ‘save to card’.

If you checked yesterday, it is worth checking again. I didn’t have it at 7am when I wrote the original article, but it had appeared by 10am.

Do NOT just look on the Amex app. You will see a broader range of offers if you look on the Amex website instead.

If you do not see it, you are either not targeted or the cap of 2,000 people has been reached. This is possible as our article yesterday was read over 15,000 times.

American Express Amex Platinum card £400 free Marriott stays

Do I really get £400 of free stays?

Yes. Here are the terms:

Spend £400 and get £400 cashback

You must stay by 23rd November

How can I get an even better deal by booking via Bon Vivant?

Before I run through the deals, I should clarify three things:

The rules of the ‘spend £400, get £400 cashback’ offer say that you need to book via If you book via Bon Vivant, you won’t be doing this. However, because you are paying at check-out, there is virtually no chance that the ‘book via’ rule could be applied. How is American Express meant to know how you booked? However, it is only fair that I highlight this to you.

Some of these hotels can also be booked via American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts. You would get similar added benefits. The key difference is that Bon Vivant will book you in at the Best Available Rate showing on Amex FHR uses a random rate which could be higher or lower than this.

Some hotels are offering online deals which are substantially cheaper than Best Available Rate. You need to factor in the $100 credit and free breakfast to decide what is best.

What are the ‘added value’ deals?

We have only looked at the UK hotels included in the American Express Platinum deal, given the current restrictions.

However, if you are thinking of booking any of the other hotels on the list, Emyr can also book those for you with similar benefits. The two German hotels can be visited without the need to quarantine on your return.

Trump Turnberry £400 American Express offer

Which hotels are included?

Here are the options for UK stays:

What deals can Bon Vivant offer?

The following ‘free night’ offers are available via Bon Vivant and stack with the £400 credit:

The London EDITION – pay for two nights, get a third night free

The Westbury – pay for two nights, get a third night free

JW Marriott Grosvenor House – either pay for three nights and get a fourth night free or pay for five nights and get a further two nights free

You receive the following benefits on all nine of the hotels listed above:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
  • $100 USD equivalent hotel credit once per stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Customised amenity

Note the ‘complimentary breakfast’ AND the $100 hotel credit. This means that you can actually spend around £480 without having to pay a penny, since your $100 credit will be deducted from your bill at check-out!

Do I still receive points and elite night credit in Marriott Bonvoy if I book via Bon Vivant or Amex FHR?

Yes, except for Bulgari. Bulgari does not participate in Marriott Bonvoy.

Do I still pay on departure if I book via Bon Vivant or Amex FHR?


How can I contact Bon Vivant?

Please send your booking enquiries via the form on this page of Head for Points.

Please be as precise as possible to allow us to deal with enquiries as efficiently as we can. Remember that pricing will match Best Available Rate showing on

A typical enquiry might be “I’m thinking of booking a standard room at The Westbury from 7th to 10th November. The Best Available Rate showing online is £281. Can you please confirm that you can book the 3-for-2 deal at this price and provide the other benefits on top?”.

As for my own trip …. as I live in London, I am tempted to book a one-night stay for as little money as I can and then have a good night in the hotel restaurant and bar until I’ve hit the £400 cap (plus $100 hotel credit!).

The form to contact Emyr is at the bottom of this page (click).

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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year 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 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 (180)

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  • Crafty says:

    If anyone has successfully saved this offer to their card, yet already finds themselves unable to use it during the offer period, I will happily stay in your name (thereby earning you points) and send you a nice gift, in exchange for a booking I can use this Thursday night (returning from a funeral; currently staying at the grotty Crowne Plaza near Gatwick).

    • cinereus says:

      How are we supposed to contact you?

      • Lady London says:

        you just did

      • Crafty says:

        If you have Twitter, my profile is @craftybison. Alternatively, I’m sure Rob or Rhys could connect us via visibility of our email addresses, which has been the case in the past. Do let me know!

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Amex have scored an own goal with this one. It’s a very generous offer but not one available to me. Not only do I get very little for my £595 fee, but it supports generosity elsewhere. I feel a little like they are rubbing my nose in it.

    • Andrew says:

      +1 I rang Amex yesterday to give them a piece of my mind for being a loyal platinum paying member for decades and not been targeted for this £400 gift – the agent said they had a lot of complaints yesterday and that it had maybe backfired. Marketing offers I understand are targeted but this is a zero out of pocket £400 gift offered to some not others. I got the usual blah blah blah hang in there more offers coming, but at nearly £50 a month I really don’t know if it’s worth it.

    • Jonathan says:

      This won’t be paid for by your or anyone else’s card fee, it’ll be a Marriott funded promotion presumably to try & drive bookings with some incidental spend on top at a very quiet time of year. For most of these large hotels their marginal cost for the rooms sold via. this will be <£20 so anyone spending more than £450 will be profitable.

      It’s also quite hard to hit bang on £400 unless you adopt Rob’s tactic which the non HfP readers won’t.

      The Langley is the only one I don’t really see the numbers stacking up as it’s so small compared to the others but then the window of opportunity is basically 1 weekend.

      By ringing up & complaining you just minimise the chances of Amex running this sort of promotion (which you may benefit from) again. You pay the fee for the core benefits so if they don’t work then cancel!

      • Angry Voldemort says:

        They could have offered a £200 credit and offered it to more people maybe?

        • Jonathan says:

          They could but then maybe they could have offered £800 to 1,000 or £50 to 16,000? It’s their call and calling up to throw your toys out the pram gets you nowhere as a) they can’t/won’t add it to your card & b) they won’t do another offer as generous again which you may benefit from!

          Be happy for those who benefited (I didn’t) & move on. I didn’t realise HfP was read by so many toddlers!

          • Angry Voldemort says:

            I am delighted for all those who benefited and yes I’m also very jealous! But I’m not a toddler and didn’t ring up to throw my toys out the pram.

            But I agree.. £800 to 1,000 would have been great, as long as they had chosen me!

        • Rob says:

          £200 credit at £400 per night hotels wouldn’t work well.

          These are hotels usually filled by rich tourists who are not here now. Mid market hotels are doing better.

    • Crafty says:

      I was going to say that. A very interesting marketing initiative, presumably the “surprise and delight” element is supposed to encouraged churned cardholders (like me) to reopen an account. However, they seem to have underestimated the ill-will from those who have NOT been surprised and delighted!

      • Andrew says:

        Yes I have been surprised but certainly not delighted by Amex on this occasion. I hope that mine and others’ complaints make them think twice about such offers in the future.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Why? Would you rather you didn’t get it next time something like this is around?

          It’s a lottery. There’s no need to be sour your ticket didn’t come in this time.

        • JohnG says:

          It might. When you, and everyone one else, never get a similar offer again I hope you feel all warm and fuzzy inside 🙄

    • Alan says:

      Totally agree, big own goal for Amex that just drives ill-will amongst those not targeted. This isn’t the same as the usual offers, it’s totally free money.

      • Rob says:

        Er, no. £100 at Waitrose is free money.

        It’s only free money if you were planning to spend £400 at a luxury London hotel.

        I value mine at £200 max, assuming I get 2 days of office space from the room (saving £80) and a free dinner for me and the wife.

        Someone who only values the dinner will get £150 of value, ie the cheapest hotel room (not used) with food for the balance.

        • meta says:

          @Alan and Andrew you have to remember you haven’t missed much.It’s not that great of an offer actually.

          All of these hotels are very expensive not just the room, but F&B wise. Take Langley for example: Cheapest rooms are around £400. Even with packaged rates which start around £450 you get breakfast and $100 spend which is less than £80 plus a bottle of champagne which you could buy for £25. Mains in Langley’s restaurant are £30+. Spa use is free, but any treatment will cost you £100+. Take in the fact that it is a pain to get to from North London for me… The costs add up quickly. I am sure the bill will run to £300+ in the end for my partner and me and after I apply Marriott offer on another card maybe £250.

          I booked as a backup W London for all in rate which is £455 (breakfast, lunch, dinner), but I could cook breakfast, lunch and dinner myself for much less. I am sure I’ll need to spend extra on drinks, etc. I also don’t need to spend a night in London, so spending £10 to get to the hotel is an extra cost that I have to factor in.

          This credit won’t get you far cash wise if you want to have a great break. It would have made sense a bit more abroad as room rates are cheaper, but 90% of the hotels on the list are located in countries with restrictions, national lockdowns, etc.

          Then there is also the time limit as you have to use offer until 23 Nov. Langley doesn’t even open until mid-Nov…

          So overall the offer is very clever in making you spend more than you initially thought. I wonder as well whether the hotels actually upped their prices before this promo started.

          • Rob says:

            That’s one way of looking at it. Try another way:

            * Grosvenor has a £260 rate which allows 6am check-in and 6pm check-out, so I can use it as an office for 2 full days (saves me £40/day on WeWork)
            * Executive Lounge is open so I can eat and drink myself silly for 2 days due to my Marriott status
            * I get breakfast on both days due to my Marriott status
            * I have £140 left which will pay for a decent dinner for my wife and I in the Corrigan’s restaurant or the steak house
            * I will get at least 7,500 Marriott points if I do it next week, and potentially 10,000 Marriott points if they launch a double points promo
            * I get a night of elite credit towards the 9 I still need to trigger 5 Suite Night Upgrade certificates

          • meta says:

            Granted everyone’s situation is different.

            I don’t need the office space and don’t need to chase SNA’s. Points wise, yes, I could get a decent chunk of points, but I could equally buy them for much less than the extra spend if I needed them. Also judging by the comments Executive Lounge at Grosvenor has limited offer at the moment.

            So yeah, it’s not clear cut that’s why people shouldn’t be too angry for not having received the offer.

          • Andrew says:

            I thought the 6am/6pm rate was a day use rate rather than an overnight so you get it from 6am to 6pm on the same day rather than 6am on day 1 to 6pm on day 2?

          • Rob says:

            No. I thought that too but it clearly comes up when pricing for a one day in, another day out booking.

            Let’s be frank. They are at 15% occupancy. Why do they care if I come at 6am?!

          • TGLoyalty says:

            @Andrew that’s how I read it before too.

            Which is why I didn’t book.

            @Rob Have you confirmed with hotel it’s an overnight stay?

          • Rob says:

            No. But if I turned up at 8.30am waving a Platinum Elite Bonvoy card and my confirmation they won’t turn me away.

          • Lady London says:

            Is WeWork £170 a day then ? seems steep.

          • Rob says:

            £40 per day, so I save £80 if I go 6am Mon to 6pm Tue

  • Ana says:

    We got it and booked it last night – 2 nights at The Wellesley for this week!

    • Ana says:

      Wished I had received this email as would have happily booked via Bon Vivant (but our booking is for today)

  • Tom King says:

    Rob,why don’t you offer your night as a competition prize ?

  • James says:

    Just checked my offers in the app and it there! :). Thanks Rob for the heads up!

  • Cat says:

    Hey, I was a bit late to this one (but got lucky, and saved it to my card at 11pm last night – Marriott has now completely made up for Qatar’s rather exhausting offer from last week!).
    I would absolutely love some quality time in a spa, but I’m not sure I trust that we’ll still be on tier 1 come late November. Which of the hotels in the South has an amazing spa (ideally one that’s still open, despite COVID, and is kept in a pristine condition), other than the Langley?
    Thanks Rob, I’m delighted to hear about this one in time to be one of the lucky 2000!

    • Nick Burch says:

      I don’t think you can use your Marriott £400 for a spa other than the Langley, however some of the other offers you might have (eg Marriott £200/£50, Hilton £200/£50) might work. Do a search on the Marriott website for United Kingdom, hit filter, then activities, then Full Service Spa, and you’ll see a bunch that could work. For Hilton, probably search on London then hit filters then Spa, repeat for a few other cities. The Hilton search covers a pretty big radius.

      The Small Luxury Hotels and Leading Hotels offers of spend £350 get £100 back could work too, if you don’t mind spending a bit more…

      • Cat says:

        I’m being a cheapskate, Nick!
        I think the Bulgari Hotel Spa is supposed to be pretty amazing, and the W has one, but no idea how fancy it is. I may just have to give both hotels a ring, to see how they’re operating the spa at the moment, and whether I’ll be able to use it (and feel safe doing so!).
        It’s good to hear from you! Love to both you and M! X

        • Nick Burch says:

          Would be interesting to do the risk comparison between an indoor spa here (with ventilation issues), or flying to somewhere like Iceland where you could be outside in thermal waters but with the extra travel!

          I’ve stayed at a few mid-range hotels lately on work trips which have pools, and they have all been “booked spa treatment guests only, no hotel guests permitted”. Cuts down on numbers and hence risks, but means you really need to be sure you’ll be allowed in. Phone call seems the best option to check.

          I’ve not been on FB in months, M uses it infrequently, but message us if you fancy a chat or a socially-distanced walk out this way!

          • Cat says:

            You have a point there! Getting on a plane at the moment makes me nervous though. I think being in an inside pool with limited numbers will be fine, as pool areas are generally pretty well ventilated – it’s the sauna and steam room that aren’t (and they’re all closed at the moment).
            I’ll give the Bulgari a call, but the Langley seems to be closed at the moment!
            I may take you up on that socially-distanced walk one weekend soon, if the new tier system allows!

  • Magic Mike says:

    The “Best Available Rate” is the non-member flexible rate listed under the “standard rates” tab of, right?

    Just a note that Amex FHR gets you guaranteed 4pm checkout, rather than than “subject to availability” 🙂

  • Giacomo says:

    What if I book a cheap 50£ for 8 night and I show up only for check-in and check-out?
    Will the hotel have a problem with that?

    • Andrew says:

      None of the hotels in the offer are selling for less than £200 a night.

      • Giacomo says:

        Swindon which seems to be in the list (linked pdf) is 52£ or I’m reading it wrong?

        • Jonathan says:

          You’re reading the wrong list. Are you looking at the spend £200 get £50 back offer?

          • Giacomo says:

            No, I’m looking at the spend 400 get 400 back. (the link is above) I understand I will not get the addional 100 usd credit (bon viant), but still I may find some value on the points and the +8 nights.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            There is only one hotel outside London in the uk and that’s trump

            Not sure if the link was incorrect and now been fixed but there’s no where that costs less than £200 a night on the list.

          • Giacomo says:

            For some reason from my mobile I always got the wrong (probably cached list, same wrong list also using the amex app) from laptop in incognito I can see the “london only” one. Thanks you saved me :). Will have to drive to London

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