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.
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.
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