This article is sponsored by Marriott Bonvoy
Marriott Bonvoy has brought back ‘Week of Wonders’, giving you seven days of offers and promotions to get you back in the mood for travel.
We are looking at our pick of the ‘Week of Wonders’ offers over a number of articles this week. To see the full selection of deals, you should visit the ‘Week of Wonders’ website here.
If you are looking for something different to do with your points, Marriott has put together some exclusive Marriott Bonvoy Moments auctions.
What can you bid on?
Whilst we often write about the UK sporting and entertainment events, Marriott Bonvoy Moments also offers a wide range of at-destination experiences which can be booked directly, or bid on, with points.
It includes a pre-awards hair appointment at Steven Carey and gives you the opportunity to walk the red carpet with “royalty, celebrities and the Prime Minister”.
You’ll enjoy a gala dinner before ending the day in an executive suite at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House. The event takes place on 24th October.
For comparison, just booking the JW Marriott Grosvenor House for that night on its own would cost around 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. The highest bid last night was 75,000 points.
If you have a lot of Bonvoy points ….
There are a lot more auctions going on which give you unparalleled (and in some cases behind-the-scenes) access to global events.
How about the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? You get, as part of an auction package:
- VIP access to The Ritz-Carlton Silver Arrows Lounge on Qualifying and Race Days on Saturday 19 November 2022 and Sunday 20 November 2022
- Opportunity to meet Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team personnel
- Gourmet food and beverages each day
- VIP gifts from the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
- Hot Lap for one person around the track in a Mercedes-AMG GTR
- Three-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (checking in on Friday 18 November 2022 and checking out on Monday 21 November 2022)
- Round-trip transportation between The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal and circuit
The experience is for two adults – the top bid was 98,000 points last night. There are also a number of other Abu Dhabi Grand Prix packages available too.
Other auctions include:
“Indulge in a midnight dinner featuring Egyptian cuisine with an exclusive guided tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza. The experience includes a meditation session inside the pyramids (!), usually closed at night, as well as a photography session, with a two night stay at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino.”
“Experience a private winery tour and two-night stay at the Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel Elciego, Spain. Savour local cuisine and fine wines at restaurants overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Francis Paniego and enjoy the Spa Vinothérapie® SPA Caudalie Marqués de Riscal.”
“Take in one of the New Seven Wonders of the World like few can. This experience spotlights the beauty and tastes of Jordan, with a wine tasting and authentic cooking class in Aqaba. Journey to Petra for Bedouin teatime in front of the treasury in Petra, along with a private morning tour of the ancient city prior to opening. This also includes stays at Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba and Petra Marriott Hotel.”
“Indulge in Omakase at W Osaka: Enjoy the ultimate Edomae sushi experience inside the Week of Wonders suite at the W Osaka. Begin with cocktails at the hotel’s living room, followed by a full “Omakase” course of six dishes and 12 sushi options.”
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 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.
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.
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.)