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News in brief:

Accor opens Pullman hotel in Liverpool

Accor has opened its upmarket business hotel brand Pullman in Liverpool.  This is a new-build hotel situated next to the Arena & Convention Centre.

It is only the 2nd Pullman property in the UK but a larger roll-out is planned.  If standards are maintained they could well become the leading business hotels in the cities where they open.

Full details of the Liverpool Pullman can be found here.

Stays will earn points in Le Club AccorHotels and, until 15th April, American Express Platinum cardholders can claim a year of free top tier Platinum status in the scheme.

Pullman Liverpool

Marriott back on top in the Starwood takeover

In case you missed the latest developments this week, Marriott is back in the driving seat in the takeover battle for Starwood Hotels (Le Meridien, Sheraton, St Regis, Westin, W etc).

A revised Marriott offer has topped the ‘all cash’ bid made by a consortium led by a Chinese insurance group.  The game is not over yet, however – the Marriott bid still includes a large share component which makes it vulnerable if its share price dips.  Starwood has increased the break fee payable to Marriott if the deal falls through to $450m.

This is not great news for anyone who fails to see how the Starwood brands and culture could survive under Marriott, or who values the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programme.  There may still be more twists to this story though …..

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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (August 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 usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

You can apply here.

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Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 points sign-up bonus and Gold Elite status 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 (5)

  • RIccati says:

    — Starwood has increased the break fee payable to Marriott if the deal falls through to $450m.

    Clearly, the Starwood executives and Marriott are in cahoots here. For Marriott to provide the better bid, the Starwood re-guaranteed an increased break fee.

    Starwood executives strongly desire to be acquired by Marriott, the expense to shareholders made clearer.

    • Rob says:

      Fully agree. US executive contracts tend to have multi million dollar payments if the business is taken over and they are fired.

    • JJ says:

      Surely the breakup fee was originally based on a percentage of the deal! Marriott has upped their offer due to the counter bid, why should the breakup fee not be increased?

  • James says:

    Burnt all my SPG points anyway, but it will be a shame to lose the scheme.

  • Kelly says:

    We stayed at The Pullman property in Liverpool a few weeks ago – the staff are wonderful and the location great however I’ve never had to ask for a room to be cleaned again only minutes after checking in…it was so dirty…we actually pulled back to the covers to make sure the sheets were fresh (which they were thankfully however the rest of the room wasn’t including the toilet!!).

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