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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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  • Rhys says:

    Shouldn’t be an issue, I doubt the hotel cares.

    • Roselin says:

      Thanks, will try this if we manage to get a booking, marriot and FHR web page crashing for the past hour…

  • Zac says:

    A quick question, I am going to book 7 nights in the Wellesley, checking out Nov 23. If I pay at checkout using my Amex Plat will the offer trigger with the charge pending or does it need to clear before the 23rd?

    • meta says:

      Usually it needs to clear, but this time there is no such requirement. I guess if you checkout on 23rd should be fine then.

      For those that are using it somewhere abroad there is a 2.99% charge which eats into the saving. Beware of currency fluctuations too.

      • Andrew says:

        And over estimate the final GBP cost – you don’t want a charge of £399.99 arriving on your card!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I’ve never had an offer not post having used it on the last day. Not sure where the myth that they need to clear has come from.

        • meta says:

          Plenty of personal experience and then needing to argue with Amex for 3-4 months.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Were these online or instore?

            Instore the transaction is carried out straight away. Online it’s usually a pre with and only charged on dispatch which can cause problems. I’d never hesitate to use it instore on the day I’d worry a little online.

            I made 15 last day transactions for small shop on the last day and not a single one failed.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      @Zac if you’re worried just get the hotel to settle for the spend half way through the stay or a couple days before checkout.

      • Sukes says:

        +1. The hotel will have no problem with doing a part settlement part of the way through your stay. If you have the separate £50 offer on £200 spend use that card(s) on the remainder of your bill.

        • meta says:

          @TG Loyalty Both instore (shop small) and online. This is one of the reasons why I don’t actively seek out shop small. It happened for two years in a row. For online, it’s exactly as you say, it doesn’t process in time. So system does not recognise it, so I have to chase and it takes ages to get credit. I am absolutely not bothering again for shop small and for other things I am careful to trigger way before the offer ends.

          And it’s mainly with Plat. Don’t usually have that problem with BAPP!

  • Rob says:

    Totally fine. People split bills all the time.

    • Lady London says:

      would it not make sense to be doubly sure and book each night in a different partner’s name, then just advise the hotel on arrival before you would like to keep the same room?

      just thinking in case Marriott is capturing a booking ref and looking for that to be separate too? perhaps I’m overthinking this.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        You’re overthinking it.

        Just split at checkout it’s absolutely fine. Used 4 cards to checkout of my last stay.

      • Rob says:

        To get 2 separate bills for each stay, you’d need to go down to reception, check out, pay and get the hotel to check you straight back in again, into the same room. That’s a lot of bother.

        • Roselin says:

          Thanks, yeah the thought of doing that seems like too much faff! Hopefully they won’t have an issue with splitting the bill. Think I’ll go for the option of a 1 night and nice meal now! Thanks Rob

  • K says:

    If you book online for a date next year (but pay online for an advance booking), are you still entitled to the £400?

    • Rob says:

      If the hotel charges your card now, yes. A lot don’t bother until a couple of days before check-in though.

  • K89 says:

    I saved the offer to my card this morning. Now showing an expiry date of 19/12/2020 so more time to get in a stay at the Langley!

    • Gary says:

      Thanks – just checked on my Amex and expiry date has been rolled forward to 19/12/20 – was struggling to find suitable date before 23/11

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Just noticed this too, offer extended clearly.

      • dragonfly says:

        Same here – offer extended to 19/12/2020 from 23/11/2020 previously

  • Nick says:

    Does anyone know how the FX works if using one of the overseas hotels? Do I need it to be £400 including the 3% mark-up, or excluding?

  • n_g says:

    Great that it’s extended but is there not an increased risk of restaurant or even hotel closures the later you book for?

  • PolKuZZZ says:

    Good on Marriott/Amex for this offer! I was one of the lucky ones as well…live in London and my b-day is on a Monday, so I’m thinking about a 2 night stay (Sunday and Monday night).

    Question for you experienced folk and apologies if I’ve missed it:
    1) Are we 100% certain that booking through Emyr / FHR triggers the offer?

    2) Would be aiming to stay in London and enjoy hotel amenities. Think none of them have indoor pools but does anyone have any recommendations on any of the hotels? Like a steam room / Spa / etc. and whether they’re actually open and access to this would be included as part of the package?

    I don’t fancy the W near Leicester Sq, and I’ve been to meetings at the JW Marriott and it struck me as a bit too old school…any input appreciated!!



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