News in brief:
Good meal offer for Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholders
If you have the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card, an interesting dining offer should have appeared on your card under the ‘Offers’ tab, either online or in the app.
If you spend £100 at the restaurant or bar in any of 12 Marriott-run hotels in London, you will receive 7,500 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points. The bonus will be paid via your monthly American Express transfer of points.
You should also receive 6 points per £1 for your spending, as these restaurants are all within Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
The the list of venues is here. It seems quite specific – some places just have their bars listed, some just their restaurants – so be careful where you drink or dine. Remember to opt in via American Express first.
The offer ends on 4th September so you don’t have much time.
Get a 30% discount buying World of Hyatt points
Hyatt is running another ‘buy points’ promotion, but this is better than most. To confuse people, this one offers a 30% DISCOUNT rather than a bonus. You can buy here.
A 30% discount is equivalent to a 43% bonus, to save you doing the maths. This makes it the best bonus we have seen for some time.
The downside is that the number of points you can buy if you take this route is restricted. The annual purchase cap is 55,000 points, but when Hyatt offers a 30%-40% bonus this is ON TOP of the cap. When it offers a discount, as it does here, you are restricted to 55,000 points.
At the top end, via this offer, you are paying $924 for 55,000 points. It works out at 1.3p per point which is a little over the value that we place on them. Our core article on what World of Hyatt points are worth is here.
It is clearly worth a look if you want to top up your account in advance of a redemption. It may also be worth buying all of the points you need at some hotels. Suite upgrades to cash bookings can also be great value.
One great benefit of World of Hyatt is ‘last room availability’. If a standard room is available for cash it must be made available for points. This can greatly increase the value you get.
The ‘buy points’ page is here. The offer runs to 30th September.
Get a 75% bonus buying IHG One Rewards points
Talking of buying points, IHG One Rewards has just launched a 75% bonus for buying points.
The link to buy is here.
We saw numerous offers of a 100% bonus over the last couple of years, so I wouldn’t buy speculatively at this price. If you are looking to make a cash booking at the moment, however, it is worth looking at whether buying points for a redemption stay is cheaper.
The 75% bonus runs until 10th September.
Hotel offers update – September 2023:
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.
Want to buy hotel points?
- World of Hyatt is offering a 25% discount, equivalent to a 33% bonus, when you buy points by 10th October. Click here.