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There is currently a generous special offer running on the Marriott Bonvoy® American Express® Card.
Until 3rd May, you will receive 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points if you spend £3,000 within your first three months. You will also receive Gold Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy until February 2024, as well as the standard benefit of 15 elite night credits.
We know that a lot of HfP readers will not qualify for the 40,000 bonus points because they hold, or have recently held, another personal American Express Card.
However, EVERYONE who is accepted will receive Gold Elite status until February 2024, so we wanted to look at this benefit in more detail today.
The representative APR is 54.8% variable, including the annual fee. The representative APR on purchases is 31.0% variable.
There is an annual fee of £75 per year.
As mentioned above, you will get automatic Gold Elite status when you take out the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Credit Card. The benefits of Gold Elite include:
- 25% bonus on base points
- A room upgrade,
- High-speed internet,
- 2pm late check-out (based on availability, not at resorts and conference hotels)
- Welcome gift of additional points when you check-in
Where could you go to enjoy your Gold Elite status?
Marriott Bonvoy have recently run some research into travel patterns in 2022 and have found that Spain, Greece and Italy look to be the top summer destinations this year. Here’s a few hotels where you could enjoy the perks of Gold Elite status:
Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Madrid
This newly opened Luxury Collection hotel in Madrid’s Chamberi district has two much-anticipated restaurants helmed by acclaimed chef Rafael Peña. There’s also a beautiful garden space, perfect for dinner on a balmy night. Rooms start at €570 or 70,000 points per night.
The Westin Excelsior, Florence
Just a few steps away from the Uffizi Gallery and Piazza della Signoria, the Westin Excelsior is in an excellent spot to explore Florence. Its amenities include SE·STO on Arno, a unique rooftop restaurant and bar with 360 views over Florence and a popular fitness studio. Rooms start at €368 per night.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a great family option for anyone thinking of travelling to Tenerife this year. There’s an extensive entertainment programme, Ritz Kids club, offering activities including Spanish lessons, movie screenings, talent shows and sports as well as seven swimming pools and a popular beach club.
Rhys very much enjoyed a recent visit to the Ritz-Carlton, Abama and you can read his review here. Rooms start from €300 or 40,000 points per night.
The St. Regis Downtown Dubai
Alternatively, if you decide to take out the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card and want to try out your new Gold Elite status sooner rather than later, you could take a late spring jaunt to Dubai. The lavish St. Regis Downtown Dubai has a view over the iconic Burj Khalifa and is in walking distance of the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. It also has an impressive infinity pool that overlooks the Dubai Water Canal. Rooms start at £318 or 77,500 points per night.
If you think getting the credit card makes sense, our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card is here. Our full article on the 40,000 points bonus is here.
The special bonus of 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, if you qualify, and the offer of Gold Elite status until February 2024 runs until 3rd May.
You can apply here.
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