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.
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 …..
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 Elite status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade 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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)