Earn 1,500 bonus points with Marriott Bonvoy stays
You likely haven’t been flying as much since the pandemic began, so chances are your Avios balance has taken a hit. Wondering how to turbocharge it fast? Take advantage of the partnership between British Airways and Marriott Bonvoy. You can already convert your Marriott points into Avios, but right now there’s an extra-special offer, which nets you 1,500 extra points on each stay – or double that if you’re at an all-inclusive Marriott Bonvoy resort.
The way it works is simple: register for the promotion (with your Marriott Bonvoy account) by 28 November 2021, and every night you stay at a property before 12 December, you’ll bag 1,500 bonus points – on top of what you’d normally accrue for that booking. Plus, if you treat yourself to an All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy resort, you’ll rack up an additional 3,000 points.
The really good news? There’s no limit to the number of stays you can notch up during the promotional earning period (no cheating, though – a ‘stay’ is classed as consecutive nights, so there’s no use making multiple bookings of one night each).
How exactly does this help your Avios balance, you might be wondering. Well, you can convert those bonus points into flights and upgrades with British Airways at one of the best rates around. Every three Marriott Bonvoy points convert as one Avios – and if you convert 60,000 points in one go, Marriott Bonvoy will add another 5,000 to the total, meaning you’ll net 1.25 Avios for every three hotel points. Click here for full details of the offer.
So why not book yourself a well-earned getaway and earn those points at the same time? Here are some of our favourite points-earning locations to clock up that bonus.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
This private island resort gives you easy access to all the glories of Venice plus the benefit of a secluded lagoon retreat to escape back to. Sprawling across the Isola delle Rose, south of Venice proper, its private shuttle will drop you off by St Mark’s Square, or whisk you away from the hustle and bustle to its 40-acre resort. The crisply modern rooms overlook the water on all sides, huge trees dot the sprawling grounds, and there are no fewer than three pools, including a rooftop one, pointing towards the city. Headed up by Michelin-starred chef Fabio Trabocchi, the resort’s Fiola at Dopolavoro restaurant serves exceptional Venetian food.
The Westin London City
Whether you need to be in London on business, or simply fancy a break in the capital after months outside the city, this brand-new hotel (opening October 2021) is the perfect base. Right on the Thames, overlooking the South Bank while in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, it’s perfectly placed between the City and the capital’s best nightlife. Fancy some culture? Both the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre sit on the other side of the pedestrianised Millennium Bridge. Those staying in will enjoy sweeping city views from the rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows, and wine bar and bistro Hithe + Seek overlooking the river from the third floor.
St Regis Florence
The St Regis (opening image) offers the best of both Florentine worlds: it’s perched plum on the Arno river, opposite one of the city’s finest Renaissance churches, yet it’s removed from the city-centre rush. A leisurely ten-minute stroll from the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Galleries, the hotel sits in the peaceful cobbled square of Ognissanti, where the church of the same name houses the grave of painter Botticelli, colour-popping frescoes by Ghirlandaio and an enormous crucifixion by renaissance master Giotto. It’s a classic grand dame property, with marble and chandeliers everywhere you look, and even wall frescoes and canopied beds in the roomS – plus, of course, lashings of 21st-century tech and comfort.