Get 5,000 Avios with a £200+ Marriott hotel spend this Summer
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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.
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:
- 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
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 from UK credit cards (April 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 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 American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
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.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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
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.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.