We have mentioned Domes of Elounda in Crete quite a bit of Head for Points. Until Marriott pushed it up to 85,000 points per night last week, it was probably the best family-friendly Marriott Bonvoy redemption.
At peak season, it is still a decent deal even at 85,000 points. A family suite for four in August is around €800 per night so you’re getting 0.8p per Bonvoy point against my ‘expected’ value of 0.5p. Outside the Summer peak points are no longer a good deal.
Anyway …. we got an email last week from the marketing guy at Ledra, which owns the various Domes properties. They have clearly noted the stream of HfP readers redeeming there. He wanted to let me know that Domes Miramare has opened in Corfu. A picture is below.
The Domes Miramare website is here. Because it is a new property (well, a full refurbishment of an existing hotel) it is currently disproportionately cheap for both cash and points. This is an adults-only property, please note.
As an example, in early August Domes Miramare is €500 per night for cash (good value in Corfu for high-end luxury in August) or just 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. It even has the pricier sea view rooms at 35,000 points. This means you’re getting 1.25p per Marriott Bonvoy point which is an excellent result.
Take a look at the Domes Miramare website. It does look impressive (I haven’t been, of course, and for clarity they’re not paying us for writing this) and British Airways flies direct to Corfu. Comments below suggest there isn’t much happening in the immediate area so it is best if you plan to spend most of your time in the resort.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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 usually 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.
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)