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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy hotel points from restaurants and bars without a stay

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Hotel chains take differing approaches to whether you can earn points from eating and dining in their hotels if you are not a registered guest.

It isn’t an easy topic to get your head around, especially as few brands have global policies.

As you will know if you’ve ever spent time in the Middle East and Asia, the Western hotel brands tend to act as unofficial social spots for expats.  In order to attract this business, you are often able to earn points.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from restaurants and bars without a stay

This is often not the case in other regions of the world where going to a hotel to eat or drink as a non-resident is less common.

I thought I’d take a look at Marriott Bonvoy today, as it is the only brand of the ‘big three’ that offers this in the UK and Europe.  Hilton and IHG do not let non-residents at their UK and European hotels earn points.

Here is the wording from the terms and conditions of Marriott Bonvoy:

Charges incurred by the Member, without a stay in a guest room, for food and beverage (excluding alcoholic beverage where prohibited by law) at restaurants located at Participating Properties that offer this benefit if:

A.     the charges are greater than $10 U.S. dollars (excluding taxes, service charges, and gratuities);

B.     the food and beverages are not in connection with a banquet, meeting or other function that is excluded from Qualifying Charges as provided in Section 2.1.b. and

so long as the Member provides their Membership Number at the time of payment. Elite bonus Points will not be awarded on charges incurred by the Member without a stay in a guest room under Section 2.1.b(ii). Charges from food and beverage outlets managed or operated by a third party may not be eligible for earning Points. Charges incurred at outlets that are not located within the Participating Property or All-Inclusive Resort are not Qualifying Charges. Earning at restaurants without a stay is offered:

(1) In Asia Pacific: at Participating Brands of the Loyalty Program, except for Moxy, Element, Marriott Vacation Club, Design Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, and include restaurants and bars listed on https://marriottbonvoyasia.com/R+B (some exclusions may apply); and

(2) In the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa: at restaurants and bars at the following Participating Brands of the Loyalty Program: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Tribute Portfolio, Four Points, Aloft and Element

In simple terms …..

In Europe, the historic Marriott brands (ie the ones which it owned before it bought Starwood a few years ago) are excluded.

The brands which DO let you earn points on restaurant and bar spend as a non-resident are those which used to belong to Starwood Hotels & Resorts:

  • St. Regis
  • The Luxury Collection
  • W
  • Sheraton
  • Le Méridien
  • Westin
  • Tribute Portfolio
  • Four Points
  • Aloft
  • Element

As long as you are eating or drinking in one of these brands, there are few restrictions on earning points except:

  • your bill needs to be for $10 equivalent before taxes, service etc
  • you won’t get any elite bonus via your hotel status – you will only earn base points, usually 10 points per $1 spent

Just like the Marriott Bonvoy free breakfast benefit rules – which are so complex that I managed to write a full article on how they work – Marriott Bonvoy struggles to present a simplified offering to members.

The reason is contractual, based on agreements signed with hotel owners under separate Marriott and Starwood ownership, but it is still something that Marriott could fix if it tried. Hotels should see the value in paying for points if it attracts more non-resident visitors.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 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 usually 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 status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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 (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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 (5)

  • Swimmer says:

    Do you know whether points can be received at Marriott Fitness leisure clubs for memberships? Thinking of joining with my wife the Marriott Hotel in Birmingham. It appears that, as members of the Marriott Leisure we will have free access to other Marriott’s swimming pools in the UK which we may make use of as non Marriott hotel guests on our day trips. Has anybody tried that? Also, is it worth getting the Marriott Amex for that reason? I’ve got the gold Amex and won’t be eligible for any joining points.

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    I know, not major brand, but also possible with Melia, though my target seeking drinkie at the White House, no not that one, needed a couple of post visit phone calls, the second to the f&b manager, obs not usual

  • sayling says:

    I’ve managed to get HH points at Double Tree restaurants when booking as an Event Planner, without a stay. Nice, quality, 3 course dining in private (meeting) rooms for a bunch of people.

    There was a great promo a couple of years back where you could get an additional 10,000 points for each event organised.

  • George K says:

    Has anybody does this recently? When/how/to who do you disclose your membership number for the points to be added? I fear a downtable waiter wouldn’t know what you’d be talking about..

    Back in the SPG days there was a dedicated email to send receipts to, so that points could be credited…

    • In-chan says:

      Pre-COVID there was a time I just emailed the restaurant and hotel pre and post dining with my membership number. They processed it fine.

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