How to get 25% off Marriott group
At the moment the best way to travel is often to book things last minute with the ever-changing restrictions. Marriott has a scheme for last minute discounts that has been available in the US for some time but is now available in Europe too. The hotels and destinations change but essentially, the offers run for a week and must be booked by Sunday for travel within the next 4 weeks.
Marriott Bonvoy® Escapes offers savings every Wednesday to Sunday across select destinations. Marriott Bonvoy® members save 25% and non-members save 20% on stays at participating hotels and resorts.
To see this week’s selection you can visit this special page, you also need to book via the page to get the discount. The hotels vary from a basic Moxy to a Luxury Collection hotel such as the iconic Hotel Danieli in Venice.
Here is a sample of few of the more luxurious options currently:
- JW Marriott Venice
- St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
- Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
- JW Marriott Grosvenor Square
- Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
- Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection hotel, Algarve, Portugal
- Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife
- Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca
Marriott points offer
Until 25 September, Marriott Bonvoy is offering mystery bonus when you purchase a minimum of 2000 points. This time it’s not a set bonus but a special “mystery one” that seems to be around 45% for most people which is pretty good for Marriott. The annual maximum for purchased points has also been raised from 50,000 points to 100,000 points. If you bought the maximum it would cost you ($1250) ~£901 (roughly) for 145,000 Marriott points.
If you are a new member you need to have an opened account for at least 30 days before you can buy points with a qualifying activity. Otherwise, you have to wait for 90 days after joining to buy points.
So is it worth buying the points at this rate speculatively? Well in many cases, no. Part of the issue is the 145,000 total limit (or whatever your bonus is) as at the more expensive hotels this isn’t even enough for two nights. However, if you want to top up existing Marriott points or can transfer some from elsewhere it can make sense. For example, the St Regis Maldives costs a whopping $1372 a night on a random date or an average of 85,000 points a night. If you bought the full points you would have almost enough for two nights at $1250 (~£901) vs $2744 if you can come up with the spare 20,000 points from elsewhere.
Business class long haul from £845
At the moment, it’s a lot easier to do non-stop flights but these do come at a price. If you are looking longer term it could be worth considering an ex-EU departure from Dublin in particular as there are some great fares. With Dublin, you come back as a domestic arrival so you don’t need to come back through immigration and you also don’t need to isolate or take any tests. Obviously, there are Ireland’s rules to contend with, but currently we are allowed entry without quarantine if you are fully vaccinated from the UK.
The fares are with Delta and Sky Team, so you could credit to Virgin or Air France/KLM if you don’t want to credit to Delta. Delta would be the easier airline to fly on as you will need to change planes at some point and the US is heading in the right direction rather than going via Amsterdam or Paris. Although stopovers are not allowed you can stopover free for up to 24 hours if you wanted to break the journey or see somewhere else.
- Miami £845
- Charlotte £870
- Denver £962
- Dallas £846
- Seattle £842
- Palm Springs £1037
- San Diego £964
- Travel: Permitted Mon to Thu. No end date currently.
- Minimum stay: a Saturday night
- Maximum stay: 3 months
- Stopovers: No
- Refundable: See current policy here
- Changeable: See current policy here