Marriott Bonvoy has launched a new bonus points promotion, starting in mid September and running for three months.
It isn’t hugely generous and it has an annoying ‘starting with your second stay’ rule. However, if you tend to do one-night stays at the cheaper brands it could work out nicely.
There is also an extra perk for holders of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card.
You must register via this link.
How many bonus Bonvoy points do I earn?
You earn 2,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points per stay, starting wtih your second stay during the offer period.
Note that this is per stay and not per night. There is no limit to the number of times you can earn the bonus, although it is not generous enough to justify changing hotels each night on a longer stay.
Got a Marriott Bonvoy American Express card? You will an extra 2,000 points for each Marriott Bonvoy brand you stay at during the promotion, starting with your second brand. Subsequent stays at the same brand do not trigger the 2,000 points.
What are the key dates?
The offer runs from 21st September to 15th December.
You MUST register via this link before your stay.
Registration closes early on 1st December, just to annoy people.
Existing bookings DO count – there is no need to rebook. Reward bookings do not count
Is this a good offer?
It’s not life-changing, but at least it is straightforward. You don’t need to rebook anything.
I value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p. This means that the bonus is worth £10 per stay.
£10 is not a terrible return if you are doing cheap one night stays – on a £100 bill it is another 10% back on top of your base points and any elite bonus. It is clearly a bad return if you are doing five nights for £3,000 at the St Regis Mallorca, reviewed here, in which case Hilton’s ‘double points’ offer may suit you better.
If you have the Marriott Bonvoy American Express, you would be earning 4,000 points per stay, worth £20, on qualifying stays. If you are likely to stay at a lot of different Marriott Bonvoy brands between now and mid December, you may want to consider getting the card. Whilst you pay a 3% FX when using the card outside the UK, the ‘6 Bonvoy points per £1’ earned on Marriott spend would offset that.
In any event, 2,000 points is better than nothing. You should definitely sign up if you think you may have any Marriott stays over the three month promotion period.
You can register, and find out more, on this page of the Marriott website.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
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.
EDIT: Until 8th November 2022, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 points!
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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)
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.)