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The new JW Marriott in Venice – a potentially great use for Marriott Rewards points

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Marriott Rewards is a loyalty scheme which fails to ignite much passion amongst its members.  It is partly due to the crazy number of nights required to obtain Platinum status (75 per year, in return for benefits which can only be described as ‘acceptable’) and partly because Marriott properties generally fail to inspire.

The company lacks a large number of ‘trophy’ properties – places where you would be eager to spend your points and which would encourage you to put more business their way.  The situation is looking up in Europe, though, with the March 2015 opening of the JW Marriott in Venice.

The hotel website is here.

JW Marriott Venice main building

Set on Isola delle Rose (Rose Island), the hotel is actually a five-legged resort.  As well as the main hotel block, there are four other buildings across the island which have also been converted into rooms.  You can effectively choose the level of privacy and peace and quiet you want.

JW Marriott Venice room

It is a 15-minute boat trip to St Marks Square.

JW Marriott Venice La Residenze suite

In terms of Marriott Rewards points, it looks pretty good value.  It is a Category 8 property which would require 40,000 points per night.  Remember that Marriott has a ‘fifth night free’ policy so a 5-night stay is only 160,000 points.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to accumulate Marriott Rewards points unless you stay with them.  The scheme is not an American Express Membership Rewards partner.  The Marriott credit card only offers a very modest 10,000 points sign-up bonus and 1 point per £1 spent so that won’t help you much.  If you are a regular Marriott guest, though, this could be just the redemption idea you have been seeking.

JW Marriott loft suite in La Maisonette

Cash rates for weekends in March start at €252 per night (exclusive rate for Marriott Rewards members) although I would expect that to move around a bit over the first few months as the hotel tries to find its feet in a competitive market.

A Loft Suite in one of the satellite buildings, as pictured above, comes in at €1,100 per night – not cheap but, given the size and style of the room, not unattractive for a special occasion.  Marriott may be onto a winner here.  You can find out more on the Marriott site here.

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 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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 bonus points and 15 elite night credits 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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel 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 (6)

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  • Zark says:

    This is good news for future redemptions (I’m Marriott Lifetime Platinum).
    However, I really hope they will have a good Executive lounge ( an excellent Marriott service for Gold & Platinum customers providing breakfast, snacks, ‘almost’ dinner & drinks – depending on which continent you are in & which hotel you choose- there is not world-wide consistency, unfortunately).
    All of the other Marriott level properties in Italy have rubbish Executive lounge facilities…….
    PS – noticed that nobody made any comment on this post, so felt compelled!

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Zark. Marriott stuff never gets a big response which only shows (since the chain is huge) how apathetic people are to the scheme!

      • Fenny says:

        I’ve stayed in several Marriotts in the US and collected points and I was about as underwhelmed by the whole experience as it’s possible to be.

        But, to be fair, when 3 of us shared a room in San Diego and split the bill, they made sure we all got our share of the points (although, if I hadn’t reminded them that my friend had paid a $100 deposit, they would have over charged us).

  • JD says:

    There is not a great deal of difference between Gold and Platinum in terms of benefits on the scheme (just more bonus miles and a free ‘gift’ on arrival) You could make Gold with 40 nights (if you took out the Marriott Credit Card which gives you 10 nights credit) The Mega Bonus schemes can be good but I agree there are better schemes out there!

    • zark says:

      Agree entirely.
      But in my humble opinion, when Marriott get it right, they have the best Executive, or ‘Club’ lounges of any group.
      But I am, for my sins, limited to experiences with Hilton, Sheraton, Accor, Hyatt & Intercontinental.
      It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.
      (Quote from Indiana Jones- Raiders of The Lost Arc!)

      • DL says:

        I also agree – I think you give Marriott’s get a bit of (unjustified in my opinion) hard time here…

        For myself I stay away on business typically anything up to 100-150 nights a year, every year, mostly in the UK but sometimes Europe/America and from a quality / coverage perspective IHG and Marriott are the only two chains which cut it. Sure there are better points schemes but can you find a hotel in the chain near to where you are working?

        For me I used to stay entirely at Holiday Inn’s & Crowne Plaza’s and it used to be easy to build up a large points balance. IHG have slowly cut back on the bonuses and I got fed up with the inconsistent treatment (upgrades, service, lounges etc.) between properties. Whilst you do have to stay the nights at Marriott’s (which is as a loyalty scheme should be!) at least they do upgrade you and usually honour benefits. And let’s not forget at least the points don’t expire!

        Just my POV – great site and love reading your updates else 🙂

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