Why has Marriott Rewards ended its partnership with major credit card providers in UK? Is there a plan to offer an alternative program for thousands of Marriotts UK customers? We have been told that Halifax/VISA and Marriott Rewards are getting divorced in UK.
A very good question. When I received my letter from Halifax yesterday, I phoned Marriott Rewards UK and they said they did not know either why the relationship was ending or whether an alternative Marriott Rewards Credit Card would be introduced. I have written to Marriott Rewards UK and Corporate and Marriott Corporate to ask for a positive response, as this seems to be just the latest example of benefits being US centric with UK customers feeling increasingly left out. I will send an update with any reply i receive.
I called Marriott Rewards when I got my letter too, and they confirmed that the relationship with Halifax is ending and explained that Marriott are in the process of identifying a replacement card. They will advise us once this has been done. I just hope the Terms & Conditions are half as good as the US cards! I urged them to speed up a bit because the default position is that Halifax will move people across to their own Cashback card after 30 September and MR may loose these people - most of whom only took the card to get points, but may be perfectly content with 0.5% Cashback on their annual spend!
I only have the card to get MR points. Not interested otherwise. However, if another card takes it place lets hope we get treated a bit better, after all, look at the benefits you get from having a USA card - nothing like the paltry offer from the UK. Also can anyone tell me if I will still get my 10 nights credited in December from having the card?
Yes, totally agree with previous posters. This is very short-sighted. Not sure who initiated the 'divorce' but I suspect MR and/or Halifax will have many very unhappy customers who, like me, only have the card to accumulate points. Hopefuly MR will get their act together and announce an alternative card before the 13 October deadline which Halifax have imposed. Either way I'll be ditching my card before that date, even if I lose that tempting 0.5% cashback!
the marriott credit card proved very useful for me as it had a high credit limit so i could gain points from large purchases. although the american equivalent is rather better , there is a $45 annual charge. Any new card will have to be very generous to compete with my tesco clubcard credit card otherwise i will just collwct my points on stays.
I think the Marriott organisation should be answering this question not us. Members will want to know whether this excellent credit card reward can be obtained any other way in future. The answer may be to get a Hilton Credit Card, if Marriott are not going to offer one!