Bits: New Marriott Rewards name leaked?, more Kimpton / Voco UK openings, DoubleTree Westminster lounge closure

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News in brief:

The new name for Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will be ….

…. Marriott Bonvoy, it seems.  Which is a bit odd.

The name is, of course, a play on ‘bon voyage’.  Whilst there has been no official announcement, if you do a Google search for ‘Marriott Bonvoy’ you will find some trademark registration websites which show various recent Marriott filings under that name.

What appeared to be a Marriott test site was also accessible for a few hours last week.  It reportedly shows that Platinum Premier Elite will be renamed Titanium Elite whilst those on 100+ nights and with $20,000+ of spend will be called Ambassador Elite.  This means that Marriott Bonvoy will have FIVE elite levels:

  • Silver Elite (10-24 nights)
  • Gold Elite (25-49 nights)
  • Platinum Elite (50-74 nights)
  • Titanium Elite (75-99 nights)
  • Ambassador Elite (100+ nights and $20k of annual spend)

In reality, benefits are very similar once you hit Platinum Elite, with the upgrades and the guaranteed 4pm check-out kicking in.  There are some screenshots on the One Mile At A Time blog here.

To be honest, I had my money on ‘Marriott Preferred Guest’ or even ‘Marriott Rewards’ (ie no change) but it seems I underestimated Marriott!

Don’t forget that some nasty changes will happen to the Bonvoy redemption chart in January.  The new top category launches AND peak date pricing begins.  This means that the top redemption price jumps from 60,000 points per night to 100,000 points.  We will be covering this change more during December in case you want to lock in any stays.

principal london Kimpton Fitzroy

More news on Principal / De Vere rebranding to IHG

IHG, the owner of InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc, recently bought UK chain Principal Hotels, which brought with it some De Vere assetsWe covered this deal here and we are very keen on it, because the refurbished Principal Hotels are EXCELLENT.

This article from The Caterer reveals some rebranding information which has not previously been publicised.  This is what we will see next year – the dates refer to the rebranding date as, except where noted, the hotels are already open:

InterContinental – Edinburgh (Principal The George, June 2019)

Kimpton – Principals in London (already switched, photo above), Edinburgh (Charlotte Square, March 2019, picture below), Glasgow (Blythswood Square, April 2019), Manchester (September 2019), Birmingham (The Grand, still closed for refurbishment, 2020)

voco – Cardiff (Principal St David’s, already switched), Oxford (Principal Spires, January 2019), Oxford (De Vere Thames, April 2019), Glasgow (Principal Grand Central, September 2019)

Hotel Indigo – Leeds (Principal Met, 2020)

We still don’t know where Principal York, the still-to-open Principal Liverpool and De Vere Wotton House will end up.

Thanks to davidw70 on Flyertalk for the link.

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DoubleTree Westminster to close its Executive Lounge

If you have a booking at the DoubleTree Westminster in London, you should note that the hotel is permanently closing its Executive Lounge on 31st December.

If you have a booking here as a Hilton Honors Diamond member on the basis that you would get automatic lounge access, you may want to contact the property to discuss your options.  Thanks to Richard for this.

PS. Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

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Comments

  1. Just saw that Melia gift card is now on Amazon UK site too! However the price is £293 for 55k.

  2. Lady London says:

    such a cheesy name

  3. O/T Missing SPG/Marriott points are finally showing to be transferred in the next round

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