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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.

Principal Edinburgh

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.

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  1. OT: Can someone remind me how I can transfer Avios from BA to Iberia now that you cannot do this through the Avios site? I can’t find an option anywhere on the BA site, I am hoping it is still possible and quick as I want to use my 90,000 Iberia points before Dec 1st and I don’t quite have enough!

    • Login to BAEC account > Manage My Account (top left) > Combine My Avios

    • What about Iberia to BA?

      I tried to use Aer Club but the registration kept failing.

      • Should let you do it in both directions? IB website should also have similar functionality.

      • No, functionality is broken (restricted?) at the moment. Can only send to Iberia. Have to use to move to BA.

        @Chris, were you trying to ‘reactivate’ a closed account or create a new one from Aer Club? If the former, personal details must match exactly. May be try Vueling to create account.

        • Shoestring says:

          Steve-B that often depends on specific a/c & whether it’s in a BAEC household a/c. As of checking yesterday, my wife *could* send points IB—>BAEC, whereas I couldn’t. (I expelled her from our HHA, keeping the kids’ a/cs for myself).

        • Good point Harry, had forgotten that I’m in a HHA.

  2. Dougie Forde says:

    OT Booked a bargain Flybe flight for 4 from Cardiff to Rome weekend of the Italy – Wales rugby.

    The group leader has been contacted by Flybe to say that the flight is overbooked and would we be willing to move to another flight. Needless to say that request was politely declined. They have suggested that we should get to the airport early to make sure we get on the flight even though we paid for allocated seats at time of booking.

    Small wonder Flybe are in difficulties if things like this can happen. Anybody else had a similar experience and what was the outcome?

  3. OT: Anyone know if the amex paypal offer cumulative? bought stuff in 1 transaction but came as 3 separate payments

    • I have to call them to trigger the offer as I too made 3 separate payments

    • Not sure but I have made a few transactions over £30 and it hasn’t shown as being redeemed yet!

      • Same here – called and they put a note on my account to check after 90 days of the offer closing. Suspect I’ll have to chase it up next year.

    • It’s weird – I spent £50 on three things from Next (paid in a owner) and it didn’t trigger but used it for £200 to top up Zeek and I got an immediate email through from Amex.

  4. Shoestring says:

    Here are some instructions on installing & using the BPme app

  5. MR POINTS To HH at 3-1.
    Transferred 1k into HH but only received 2k HH.
    Anyone know if you can get 3-1?

  6. Completely OT – BA1 seems to not operate in August, is that right? I really want to fly on it for my retirement trip in 2020 but if this is the case it’ll have to be at Easter as opposed to the summer holidays?

    • That’s if it doesn’t disappear altogether in the meantime!

      • Anna – no it doesn’t operate over much of the summer. And if I were you I’d try everything to get on it before 2020, I’d be amazed if it lasted that long.

        • I fear so, however I’ve got all my leave booked for next year so realistically couldn’t use it before spring 2020 anyway. If it happens, it happens!

  7. O/T Received my Melia points card. There are three ways to activate. If I read correctly all the points will be added at once and appear in your account within maximum of 24 hours. You have 6 months from the date of purchase to activate and then 12 months to use the points. No mention whether this restricted to hotels only just that it is governed by t&c of Melia Rewards.

    • Points actually go on immediately. Need to see if they can be redeemed for Avios but I doubt it as there is a general rule that ONLY points earned for stays can be transferred out.

      Oddly you can redeem for Amazon UK gift cards and your 55k get you £160 if they’d let you do it, so an instant £10 profit 🙂

      • Unless I can transfer to Avios, I am going to wait a bit to trigger as I am booked up for next year and I’d rather use it on stays than Amazon.

      • And of course could already have made 10% by buying amazon gift cards at morrisons

        • Shoestring says:

          *saving* 10% on future Amazon purchases (not *making*)

          Plus your MR points on top

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

  9. Lady London says:

    such a cheesy name

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

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