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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.

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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.

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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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  • Jonny says:

    you should still receive the 18,000 points, as long as the link was followed

    • Gill says:

      Thanks – that’s good news. I might just manage a travel package before the changes come along.

  • S***o says:

    OT// Amex Plat

    If I take out Amex Plat and cancel in a few months, do I keep the Hilton Gold Status (until the end of the Hilton Year)?

  • N says:

    Need to buy 100 first class stamps for wedding invites – other than superdrug/post office and putting through an amex, any way to slice a few percent off the price here or there? already over budget, could do with saving the pennies!

    • the_real_a says:

      Costco offer a discount if you or friends have access.

      You can also use the the “save 10%” offer if you have visaoffers at co-op (HSBC, First Direct and nationwide). Curve rewards will give you 3% off at wilko. Or you can buy a discounted gift card from zeek or your workplace discounts scheme (endever, corperate perks etc)

    • Genghis says:

      When do you need them? Shop small is great for stamps.

      • N says:

        Save the dates going out next week. Invites in January, so already got shop small for the invites.

        Got a load of zeek credit that I can’t seem to shift. Good idea thanks!

        • Nick says:

          I may of course be missing something… but the easiest way to save (more than a few) pennies would surely be to send them second class instead? Surely it’s not so important the extra day matters?

        • the real harry1 says:

          Not exactly the right first impression with the other half-to-be’s friends & family 🙂

    • the real harry1 says:

      £5 off £50 (Amex) @ BP – a lot of them sell stamps.

      Also – add Halifax c/b offers to the_real_a above – 10% for some at the mo.

  • Edward Clifton-Brown says:

    Prime Day deal – Just bought Kindle Oasis for £179.99 (usually £229.99)

  • George says:

    OT Bits – I’m going to need a fairly large volume (£250 at a time) of Amazon certificates in the near future, and I was wondering what the best non-Amazon way to buy them to maximise points is at the moment? Guess the great Tesco bonuses are long dead? TIA

    • Brian says:

      I believe Morrison’s still give 2 or 2.5% back on gift cards, so that’s one option. Obviously, you would pay with Amex, too…

    • the real harry1 says:

      Use the mailed Tesco MOCs, no good if you don’t already get them.

      My Tesco MOC mailing got turned off for 18 months or so then got turned on again. My wife’s never got turned off.

      Generally goes something like £10 off £70 + £7 off £70 x2 = £24 off £210 —> 11.4% discount on your Amazon giftcards.

      • George says:

        Silly question – what’s an MOC?

        Thanks everyone – no perks website but will look into whether we can get one!

      • Sundar says:

        Gift cards are not included in the MOC purchase, are they ?

        • the real harry1 says:

          Sundar – you weren’t born yesterday & nor was I 🙂

    • Liz says:

      You get Clubcard points if you use a Tesco debit card or credit card ie £100 gets you 100 CC pts.

  • Charlie says:

    Possible error fare circa £700 business on Qatar
    MAN – CNX
    MAN – PEN

    October to March roughly. Google flights tracks through to book on BA.

    • KevMc says:

      Given the recent Tel Aviv cancellations, I doubt BA will be honouring these fares either.

    • Jonathan says:

      I’d be confident if this was booked via. Qatar but BA don’t exactly have a track record with such generous flash sales or honouring potential mistakes. It’s certainly in the realm of previous Qatar offers though like AMS-TYO so might still jump in.

    • Rob says:

      Worth a punt perhaps but do NOT book anything around it for a couple of months. Expect cancellation.

      • Jovanna says:

        Couldn’t see it on any of the other blogs or forums that usually splash these things everywhere, so this might be under the radar. Seems to have disappeared now. I imagine only a few tickets were sold.

        • Charlie says:

          I cannot replicate now for less than £2.5k so I think it has gone. Hopefully someone picked it up and it’s honoured. Embarrassingly the BA charges etc were more than the fare was!

          Picked it up from Jack’s Flight Club

        • Crafty says:

          Definitely not under the radar – Jack’s flight club sent to entire mailing list.

  • Chris says:

    Used my companion voucher to book LHR – MIA First Class for me and the girlfriend in June of next year. Has anyone any experience on BA’s US First Class product on the 747? TIA

    • Leo says:

      Nothing out of this world I’m afraid – bit like Qatar business but fewer of you in the cabin. I’d avoid the centre seats even as a couple. Service a bit hit and miss. Sorry I’m not more positive. It’s nothing to grumble about though – wouldn’t pay the cash price.

      • john says:

        Centre seats are fine as a couple. My wife likes to chat during flight so this does allow this if you lean forward a bit! (we sat row 4 last time).. I’d have switched to 1A/K if available but unfortunately one side was occupied in both directions

      • Chris says:

        Thanks for the feedback, I assumed that would be the case unfortunately. It’s my first First Class experience so I’m hoping it will be okay anyway. Why would you avoid the center seats? I was considering changing seat.

  • Andrew says:

    So, after filling my basket at Amazon and trying to check-out, every single Amazon locker within a 10 mile radius is full and my package isn’t suitable for click & collect.

    My employer doesn’t permit deliveries.

    Oh well. Let’s see if it’s still on my doorstep when I get home on Wednesday evening…

    • Lumma says:

      If it’s not suitable for click and collect then you can’t use the lockers either, they’ll not actually be full, it’s usually due to some kind of age restriction on the product that you’re buying although sometimes it’s not obvious why.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Perhaps try a bricks and mortar shop????????

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