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Win a stay at Sheraton Grand Park Lane!

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Marriott Bonvoy is currently running its ‘Week of Wonders‘ promotion to remind you of the joys of travel.

Head for Points is supporting ‘Week of Wonders’ with a number of special features including FIVE fantastic competitions.

Today’s theme is ‘Wonders of Inspiration’. Read to the bottom of the article to enter to win a 1 night stay at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane!

Sheraton Grand Park Lane Palm Court

As part of Week of Wonders, Marriott Bonvoy is running another deal when you buy their hotel points.

Via this page of the website, you will get a 50% bonus on all points purchases until 22nd October.

Marriott Bonvoy buy points bonus

This is, pretty much, as good as it gets for a Marriott Bonvoy bonus.

The annual purchase cap of 50,000 points has been TRIPLED to 150,000 points.  With the bonus, this means that you could pick up 225,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

At the top end you are paying $1,875 (£1,463) for 225,000 points under this offer.

My rule of thumb is that a Marriott Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p so this offer is not great at 0.65p per point.

However, you might find it worthwhile if:

you are topping off your account before making a points booking, or

you are close to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points and want to make a transfer into airline miles (you get a bonus of 5,000 airline miles when you transfer 60,000 Bonvoy points into 20,000 airline miles), or

you are planning a stay at a property where you know you will get outsized value

The increased limit means that you can, for once, buy enough points to really take advantage of this deal.  The St Regis New York, for example, can easily run to $1,300 per night including taxes, which makes 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (on a ‘Standard Reward’ day) a great deal.

Whilst New York is probably off the list for a while, the brand new St Regis Venice pictured below is a potential opportunity.

St Regis Venice

You can also transfer up to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per year from one member to another.  You need to ring up to do this, which is a bit annoying, but that is the only restriction.  This is one way around the limit on points purchases.

Because you can buy 60,000 points in one go, it is also a way of picking up 25,000 airline miles in programmes where you can rarely buy them cheaply.

Do NOT do this with Avios, because there are regular offers to buy Avios for 1p – 1.1p.  However, it might make sense for other airlines.

Buying 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points under this offer will cost exactly $500 (£390).  If you turned this into 25,000 airline miles, you are paying 1.55p per mile.  With SOME airline schemes, you might find this valuable.  After all, there are not many easy ways to pick up Air Canada etc miles in the UK.

The link to buy Marriott Bonvoy points with a 50% bonus is here if you are interested.  The offer runs to 22nd October.

Sheraton Grand Park Lane London

Competition: Be transported back to 1920’s glamour

Marriott Bonvoy are giving away a 1 night stay at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane with breakfast and Afternoon Tea,.

Answer a simple question to be in with the chance to win stay at Sheraton Grand, London Park Lane.

As well as a stay in a Superior guest room and breakfast, the lucky winner and a friend will also get to experience the glamour of the 1920’s with Afternoon Tea served in The Palm Court. This stunning Art Deco restaurant was completed in 1927 and still features the original bar from this era.

The Sheraton Grand Park Lane is situated in the heart of London, a short distance from Bond Street, Buckingham Palace, Soho and the West End.

Note: After entering your details and pressing ‘Save’, the form remains on screen – it appears to be a glitch in the competition system. However, your entry will have been captured.

To double check, hover over the arrow on the right of the question, and it should say “Done! You got one entry”.

Win a stay at Sheraton Grand Park Lane!
Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits 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 Elite status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

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

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), 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).

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 (26)

  • TripRep says:

    Nice competition thanks, over 500 entries already.

    • Harry T says:

      Over 800 now! I’m enjoying these competitions.

    • Mike says:

      Oh yay, another competition for a stay in the South East! – here’s hoping for something elsewhere in the rest of the week’s competitions…

      • Rob says:

        Manchester coming.

        On the bright side, you an can leave the corona ravaged areas outside the M25 for the safety of London!

        • Harry T says:

          It’s pretty easy to fly to London or get a train from the big northern cities like Newcastle and Manchester. Or even Edinburgh or Glasgow. Trains down to London with LNER are the cheapest I’ve seen, at the moment.

          Also, try and find a genuine five star city hotel outside of London…

          • Anna says:

            Rail fares to London are astronomical at the moment! I’ve changed a London weekend booking to Glasgow recently as fares to there and Edinburgh are a quarter of the price for travelling a similar distance.

          • Fenny says:

            It depends where you live. Not everyone outside the M25 lives in a big city or near a station with good fares to London.

  • Chuck says:

    Web form doesn’t work for me

    • Greenpen says:

      Nor me either. I answer the question and go to a screen asking for name and email,but then nothing more!

  • Tyra says:

    Morning Rob, is there a time limit on redemption if you win and when will the winner be announced? Thanks

  • SammyJ says:

    Marriott sent me the buy points offer earlier this week but it was advertised as ‘buy points for 50% less’ which would (if my maths is right?) be 100% extra. Did they just stuff up the marketing or did I miss a better deal?

  • SWWT says:

    Now to answer the question. Er…..where is it?

  • Vit says:

    Just double check, is it the “50%”?

  • Mr. AC says:

    Gleam seems to be spazzing out. I get to the final screen where the “Save” button is, I click it… And nothing.

    • Sinead says:

      I’ve just spotted this issue, not sure why this is happening, but we’re working to fix this.

  • Michael says:

    “Sorry, this promotion is not available in your region”

    Its a pity the guys at HFP do not say which regions this applies to before inviting folk like me to click on the link.

    This condition ….

    “Entry is open to aged 18 years and over and must be a UK residence.”
    is buried in the middle of the T&Cs

    It just stinks of “Click Bait” to me

    • Rob says:

      It’s the same rules we’ve used for every other competition we’ve done. If you don’t like this system, I promise you that you won’t like the alternative – where it gets listed on websites in countries where the value of this prize is 6 months wages, and entering to resell the prize would be very attractive to 25,000 people …..

      • Michael says:

        I understand, but I receive the emails and do not live in the UK.

        Surely I am not alone in this regard, would it not make sense to just say that the competition is only open to those that live in the UK and invite your followers to read the T&C’s before they click into the competition

        • marcw says:

          Now you know 🙂

        • Rob says:

          I agree. Normally we put the key rules in the article too, but we felt that people didn’t want to sit through the small print five days in a row, especially as these are not four figures prizes.