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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from restaurants and bars without a stay

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Hotel chains take differing approaches to whether you can earn points from eating and dining in their hotels if you are not a registered guest.

It isn’t an easy topic to get your head around, especially as few brands have global policies.

As you will know if you’ve ever spent time in the Middle East and Asia, the Western hotel brands tend to act as unofficial social spots for expats.  In order to attract this business, you are often able to earn points.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from restaurants and bars without a stay

This is often not the case in other regions of the world where going to a hotel to eat or drink as a non-resident is less common.

I thought I’d take a look at Marriott Bonvoy today, as it is the only brand of the ‘big three’ that offers this in the UK and Europe.  Hilton and IHG do not let non-residents at their UK and European hotels earn points.

Here is the wording from the terms and conditions of Marriott Bonvoy:

Earning at restaurants without a stay is offered:

(1) In Asia Pacific: at Participating Brands of the Loyalty Program, except for Moxy, Element, Marriott Vacation Club, Design Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, and include restaurants and bars listed on https://marriottbonvoyasia.com/R+B (some exclusions may apply)

(2) In Europe, the Middle East and Africa: At restaurants and bars at the following Participating Brands of the Loyalty Program: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Tribute Portfolio, Four Points, Aloft, and Element

(3) In United States, Canada: At restaurants and bars at the following Participating Brands of the Loyalty Program: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Westin, Tribute Portfolio, Four Points, Aloft and Element; and

(4) In the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America: At restaurants and bars located within the Participating Properties as listed on hotel-deals.marriott.com/cala-off-folio-earnings

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from restaurants and bars without a stay

In simple terms ….

In Europe, the United States and Canada, the historic Marriott brands (ie the ones which it owned before it bought Starwood a few years ago) are excluded.

The brands which DO let you earn points on restaurant and bar spend as a non-resident are those which used to belong to Starwood Hotels & Resorts:

  • St Regis
  • The Luxury Collection
  • W
  • Sheraton
  • Le Méridien
  • Westin
  • Tribute Portfolio
  • Four Points
  • Aloft
  • Element

As long as you are eating or drinking in one of these brands, the only restrictions on earning points are:

  • your bill needs to be for $10 equivalent before taxes, service etc
  • you won’t get any elite bonus via your hotel status – you will only earn base points, usually 10 points per $1 spent

Just like the Marriott Bonvoy free breakfast benefit rules – which are so complex that I managed to write a full article on how they work – Marriott Bonvoy struggles to present a simplified offering to members.

The reason is contractual, based on agreements signed with hotel owners under separate Marriott and Starwood ownership, but it is still something that Marriott could fix if it tried. Hotels should see the value in paying for points if it attracts more non-resident visitors.

PS. If you don’t have one yet, here is our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express credit card


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

HUGE 60,000 POINTS BONUS UNTIL 3rd JULY and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(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.)

Comments (20)

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  • Colin_Thames says:

    Sheraton Edinburgh staff would do it but local rule of thumb was spend needed to be over £15. Fair enough I thought. I seem to remember being asked to go to reception to get the points credited. A good way to stop points expiring though. Sad to hear how hit and miss the policy id being applied.

  • Scott says:

    Any data points from the restaurants in the 7500K points on £100 spend CC offer? (Although I suppose that probably tracks separately to getting the points on the meal itself.)

  • Mario says:

    Same experience as reported by many here. Sheraton Park Lane said it couldn’t be done. Marriott customer service did it in the end but it’s not worth the hassle.

  • Harry T says:

    From past experience, you can only earn points on spend at the Duchess in Amsterdam if you charge it to a room at the W hotel. I’ve asked a couple of times when dining there and not being a hotel guest, and been told I can’t receive points.

  • Pat B says:

    Always works in Marriott Montreal Airport hotel, mention it at check in Restaurant desk and they take your membership number BUT I have always had to chase it, so always keep a copy of the detailed CC receipt.

  • Lumma says:

    It seems like this isn’t a thing as it looks like it would be lot of effort for the bars and restaurants to make sure all the points are processed versus putting the spend on your room and earning the points on your final bill, especially when some hotel F&B outlets are virtually independent from the hotel and they’re not getting any loyalty benefit from it

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