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Starwood opens Hotel de Berri, a brand new luxury hotel in Paris, this week

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In what may be the last major opening before Starwood and Marriott fully combine their loyalty schemes next month, SPG’s The Luxury Collection is officially opening Hotel de Berri in Paris on 20th July.  It actually opened a couple of days ago, however, for a ‘soft’ launch.

This looks like an attempt at a very high-end property.  It has, astonishingly for a city centre hotel, a 3000 square metre private park.  This is shared with the occupants of just 75 rooms, including 35 suites.

The decor looks a bit …. eclectic …. but let’s see.  Here is one example:

Hotel de Berri Paris open

…. and here is another:

Hotel de Berri Paris open

Situated on rue de Berri, it is a very short walk from the Champs-Elysees.

At a reassuringly expensive €500 per night, it is decent value even as a Category 7 Starwood redemption at 30,000 points per night.  However, from mid August when SPG and Marriott Rewards merge, it will be bookable for just 60,000 ‘new scheme’ points (the equivalent of 20,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points) which will be excellent value.

The Hotel de Berri website is here if you want to find out more.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year 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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

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 (120)

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  • Geoff says:

    OT – BAPP cancellation vs 241 voucher.
    I have a BAPP and a 241 voucher already used for a booking for next year. I have referred my partner for a new BAPP which she now has with me as a supp. I called Amex about cancelling my card and got the party line about keeping the account open until we have travelled on that 241 booking, which is not until next summer. I can downgrade to the free card but that doesn’t reset the clock for possible re-referral in 6 months time. Do I NEED to keep the account for the future 241 travel.

    • Genghis says:

      No

      • Jonathan says:

        Based on fairly extensive previous experience but they would be within their rights to start enforcing this & you’d have no comeback. Whether they have IT or willingness to do this is a matter for you and your risk tolerance to decide…

        • Genghis says:

          Which term says this?
          Para 15 notes, “15. The Cardmember is responsible for paying any Taxes, Fees and Charges relating to their Companion Voucher booking. All Taxes, Fees and Charges must be paid for using the British Airways American Express Card.”
          However, OP has already used the voucher and hence no need to keep the card, de facto or de jure.

        • Jonathan says:

          Sorry, missed that you had booked already. You should definitely be fine. I was referring to when people cancel after earning voucher but before booking which is anecdotally ok but according to T&C’s not.

        • Geoff says:

          The only bit I can see in the terms is para 28 – ‘Cardmembers must remain eligible for this promotion at the time of travel.’ and the rest is what the agent told me on the phone.

  • Pangolin says:

    Yes, an SNA is to lock in the suite upgrade beforehand, rather than cross your fingers and hope you get it on arrival.

    I imagine it will be more useful with Marriott in the new programme as they were much stingier on giving meaningful upgrades than SPG were for top tier members (their philosophy in that respect seems closer to Hilton).
    Eventually it will be just as useful for SPG stays as the Marriott mindset slowly takes over.

  • JPV says:

    OT: (Apologies for two OT questions on the same day but I’m booking my honeymoon in the next few days and I’m getting a bit frantic!)

    Is there any restriction on changing the address on a BAEC right before forming a household account?

    I know that, once formed, you can only change the address once every six months. But is there any restriction on changing address *before* forming the account? My worry is the system won’t let me form a household account if I’ve just changed my address. I’m getting a bit paranoid…

    • Genghis says:

      I changed MIL’s address and then added her to HHA immediately.

    • Rob says:

      I thought the address restriction was only on moving countries?

      Once formed, you can only change the MEMBERS of the HHA once every 6 months. I doubt addresses are an issue as long as every member of the HHA changes address.

  • meta says:

    Anyone knows how far in advance Radisson Rewards releases rooms? I am looking at Madrid property for next June and can’t see anything beyond April.

  • KR says:

    OT and apologies for such a basic question, but with the Priority Pass that comes with Amex Plat, is there any issue with going to the Grain Store at Gatwick and then on to No.1 Lounge in the same morning?

  • Anna says:

    OT – still quite new to HH. I was a bit cautious about buying points with the current 50% off offer but have gone ahead anyway and bought enough to top up my balance for a future stay. There’s a 95000 point room available, the flexible cash price of which is over $1000 on the night I want to stay. This looks like a great deal on the surface but am I missing something?

    • Rob says:

      No, it is a great deal and you should snap it up before someone else does. Free cancellation anyway unless special event rules are in place.

    • Lee says:

      That’s exactly where you should use your points either low end or high end properties. You could get more value if stay 5 nights which you only pay for 4 nights with points.

      • Relaxo says:

        The 5 for 4 is not technically correct. The value of the 5th night is deducted proportionally across the first 4 nights. SEE Liz response earlier.

        • Lee says:

          If you can find STANDARD ROOM REWARD then it is simply 5 for 4. I booked 5 nigh at Maldives Conrad which cost 380000 points

    • Anna says:

      Thanks all, will definitely book it. Sadly it’s only a 3 night trip.

  • Gill says:

    I’ve recently referred from Platinum and the other half selected the Gold Credit Card. Apologies if i’m not following correctly but has the referral bonus gone since it changed from charge to credit card?

    • Anna says:

      If the gold card shows as an option when you use the referral link, then you should get the 18000 points on your Platinum account, if that’s what you mean.

  • GeoffGeoff says:

    OT re Aerclub Avios account. I have attempted to protect my Avios.com account from closure by opening an Aerclub account and giving my Avios.com login when requested. It all appears to have worked and I now can log in to my Aerclub account where my membership number is the same as my old Avios.com number. HOWEVER, when I log in to Avios.com, there is no mention of “You are a member of Aerclub” under My Account. Has the linking worked correctly, and is my account now protected from closure? Thanks for any hints.

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