News in brief:
How to quickly find Hyatt ‘cash and points’ availability
These have been bookable online for a few months now. You had to check hotel by hotel to find availability, however, which was slow in cities with a number of Hyatt properties.
It turns out that using corporate code 51440 at hyatt.com when searching for a particular night will clearly indicate, by virtue of the low price shown, which hotels have ‘cash and points’ available. This is a real benefit in US cities with many Hyatt properties.
New Sheraton resort opens in Portugal
With little fanfare, an interesting addition to the European Sheraton portfolio launched two weeks ago.
The former Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites is now the Sheraton Cascais Resort (photo above). The PR blurb says:
[It] boasts an enviable location on Portugal’s sweeping Atlantic coast just 30 minutes from Lisbon and 2 kilometres from the famous Guincho Beach, one of the finest surfing spots in Europe. Comprising of 138 rooms and suites, Sheraton Cascais will feature a signature restaurant and two bars, as well as a wide range of leisure facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and an expansive spa with six treatment rooms and hydrotherapy suite. A perfect location for golfers, the resort is surrounded by seven of Portugal’s top golf courses, all within a 30-minute drive – one for each day of the week.
Rooms are priced from €140 in June, with suites (1,000+ square feet) from €300. SPG free nights cost 10,000 points.
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.
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.
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).
(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.)