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Marriott Rewards now a major player in South Africa as Protea integrates

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Back in January, Marriott announced that it was acquiring Protea Hotels.  The name might not ring a bell, but Protea is the largest hotel group in Africa.

Founded in 1984, at the time of the deal it operated 116 hotels throughout South Africa and six other African countries.  These include Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania.  The group comprises of two brands, the mid-up market Protea Hotels (including the lifestyle brand Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!) and the deluxe African Pride Hotels, Lodges and Country Houses brand.

Phase One of the integration of Protea Hotels into the Marriott Rewards loyalty scheme takes place on February 23rd.

Marriott Protea

On that date, the 23 Protea properties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban become available for Marriott Rewards redemptions.  You will also be able to earn Marriott Rewards points when staying at any of those 23 hotels.

The remaining Protea Hotels will join Marriott Rewards later in 2015.

For anyone planning a holiday in South Africa, the great news is that TWELVE Cape Town hotels are amongst this first wave.  You can see the full list here.

The even better news is that none of the Cape Town hotels have been placed any higher than Category 5 in the Marriott Rewards system, which now runs up to Category 9 (45,000 points).  You will not pay more than 25,000 points per night for any of these hotels.  Given that Cape Town hotel rates can get pretty steep at peak periods, there are likely to be some good value redemptions here.

Further details of the hotels moving into Marriott Rewards can be found on the Marriott site here.  You can compare cash rates via the standard Marriott booking page here.


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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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.

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Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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.

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You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

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 (4)

  • Roger says:

    Great news! I’ve been waiting for news of the integration since the first announcement.

    The only downside (for me) is that earning and redeeming doesn’t start until late February … and I have a potential Category 1-5 redemption available from my Marriott UK MasterCard. Thanks for that code, Rob, which I guess may have lapsed for new applicants.

    Ah well, next year will have to do. 🙂

  • richie says:

    Iv always wondered why flights to Sa so expensive. Compared to similar distance (10-12h) like Mexico, Sin, lax, hkg,. Is it just lack of competition?

    • signol says:

      The bilaterals are quite restrictive. So despite the huge demand there’s relatively little supply.

  • Richie says:

    I guess that’s why ba are using a380s on this route

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