This article is sponsored by Marriott Bonvoy
Today is the launch of ‘Week of Wonders‘, a week of special deals for members of Marriott Bonvoy.
It is designed to reignite your desire to travel even if that may end up being just a staycation in the short term. There are some good offers and points bonuses coming up.
We will be covering the best opportunities today, Friday and Saturday, but if you really can’t wait, take a look at the ‘Week of Wonders’ homepage here.
First up, because it is time sensitive, is a big discount of Marriott Bonvoy redemptions this month.
Save on Marriott Bonvoy redemptions during October
To kick off ‘Week of Wonders’, there is a simple but effective offer.
Redemptions at 4,000 Marriott Bonvoy hotels will be priced at off-peak rates if you stay by 31st October.
You need to book between today and 14th October. If you have an existing Marriott Bonvoy redemption booked for this month, you may want to cancel and rebook – but check that availability is still there.
You could make a decent saving here. This is the Marriott Bonvoy redemption chart:
At the top end, you could find a Category 8 hotel reduced from 85,000 or even 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to just 70,000 points per night.
Category 1 hotels could be as low as 5,000 points per night.
This offer does not apply to every Marriott Bonvoy hotel, unfortunately. There are over 7,000 in the portfolio of which around 4,000 are taking part in this offer. At the time of writing I don’t know if there will be a list of participating hotels or if it will be trial and error on the website to find them.
Marriott has provided us with the 20 examples of properties which will be included and which they felt would be interesting to HfP readers for a quick break over the next 3-4 weeks:
- Hotel Arts Barcelona (review)
- Westin Palace Madrid (review)
- JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa (review)
- St. Regis Florence
- Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan
- Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, The Algarve (review)
- The Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort, Sintra / Lisbon (review)
- Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
- The Bodrum EDITION
- Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
- The Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete
- Sheraton Rhodes
- W Amsterdam
- Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris
- Le Méridien Beach Plaza, Monaco
- Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh
- The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection, Dublin
- JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London
- Marriott London County Hall (review)
- University Arms, Autograph Collection, Cambridge (review)
Don’t forget that Marriott Bonvoy also has ‘fifth night free’
This offer will combine with the standard Marriott Bonvoy offer of ‘fifth night free’ on redemption stays. This will pull down your average cost per night even further.
You may be able to combine with the current Amex cashback offers
If you are targeted, American Express cardholders can opt in to two generous Marriott Bonvoy cashback offers, valid across selected hotels in Europe.
There is an offer for £50 cashback on a £200 cumulative spend across Marriott Bonvoy hotels. These are mainly mid-range properties, although the list also includes the University Arms in Cambridge (reviewed here) and the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane in London (reviewed here).
You will also receive £100 cashback when you spend £400 in selected upscale Marriott Bonvoy hotels across the UK and continental Europe. UK hotels include Turnberry and The Langley. It runs to 31st December 2021.
For clarity, these are two separate Amex offers. You may be targeted for one, both or neither – check your American Express statement page for each Amex card you hold.
Whilst a redemption stay is, of course, free, any spending you do in the hotel and pay for as part of your bill at check-out will qualify towards the cashback.
Find out more
You can find out more about this discounted redemption offer on the ‘redemption’ section of the Marriott website here.
To learn more about all of the ‘Week of Wonders’ offers, go here. We will be looking at two further offers tomorrow.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 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.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(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.)