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American Express has launched a good new offer for British Airways American Express and British Airways American Express Premium Plus cardholders.

If you spend £200+ at participating hotels, you will receive 5,000 bonus Avios.

The offer runs until 31st August.

Marriott Avios American Express bonus

How does the Marriott / American Express bonus Avios offer work?

The offer is limited to the first 30,000 people to register. You will need to look under the ‘Offers’ tab on your BA Amex statement page in the American Express app or on the website.

Here are some things you need to know:

  • the offer is only valid at hotels on this list (PDF) – there are participating hotels in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK
  • cumulative spend across different hotels should be OK but this is not made clear in the rules
  • you can only earn the bonus once
  • the rules state that only ‘check-out spend’ counts – in reality pre-paid rooms should also trigger the bonus as long as you book directly at marriott.com, but you do this at your own risk
  • this offer will double-up with any bonus points promotion run by Marriott Bonvoy, although at the moment there isn’t one
Marriott American Express Avios offer

How does this compare to other Amex hotel deals?

American Express is running a lot of deals like this at the moment.

The best one is with Hyatt, where you get £100 back on a £250 spend. There is also £100 back on a £300 spend with Small Luxury Hotels, £100 back on a £350 spend at IHG’s luxury hotels, £50 back on a £200 spent at IHG’s mid-market hotels and £100 back on a £350 spend at Leading Hotels of the World, amongst others.

The Marriott deal is, as a percentage of your spend, less valuable than the offers above – Hyatt offers you a huge 40% back on your spending if you hit exactly £250, for example.

However, as this new Avios / Marriott offer only needs £200 of spend to trigger, it is easier to reach. Marriott also has far more European hotels than Hyatt, Small Luxury Hotels or Leading Hotels of the World. The Marriott deal will also get more valuable if Marriott Bonvoy launches a new bonus points offer.

The Marriott website for bookings is here.

PS. The hotels pictured are Turnberry (we reviewed Turnberry here) and University Arms Cambridge (we reviewed University Arms Cambridge here)


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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

American Express Business Gold

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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (14)

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  • Gtellez says:

    Not in my BAPP, however I received a promotional email about the offer… could I use the email and ask them to add manually the offer to my account?

    • Gtellez says:

      Contacted Amex through the chat, sent screenshot of the email and the offer was manually added to my profile in less than 15 minutes. Great as I’m checking out today from a Marriott hotel!

  • Farfy19 says:

    Any ideas why Italy never appears in Amex hotel offers? Hyatt, Marriott, SLH, Relais & Château…none have Italian hotels..

  • Harry T says:

    Nice of Marriott to target british airways customers for an Avios offer rather than offer anything to existing Marriott Bonvoy amex cardholders…

  • Andrew says:

    It’s a shame this is the best Marriott can do for an Amex offer – their nearest competitors Hilton and IHG have both done the spend £200, get £50 offer which is far better in terms of return and actual money back rather than tying your money up in Avios.

  • Neil says:

    Will this apply to incremental spend at Marriott hotels in food and beverages I wonder.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If you charge to your room absolutely

      If you are just in dining it’s hit and miss as some restaurants use the same central billing/card systems as the hotel and other are actually independent

  • RussellH says:

    I received the e-mail yesterday, but no offer on my card a/c.
    Phoned CS and was told to upload a copy of the e-mail.
    Agent phoned back and said (around 1730 yesterday) that there was no sign of the offer on her system, but that she would pass it on the marketing at let me know what they said.
    Offer still not showing on my a/c.

    Annoyingly, this is the fourth e-mailed offer received since April, none of which have ever shown on my a/c. I have had to phone up every time. Chat not working either.
    [Of course, lots of much less interesting offers are available.]

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