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A Marriott Bonvoy bargain opens in Corfu – Domes Miramare

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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.

Domes Miramare

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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (March 2023)

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 bonus points and 15 elite night credits 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

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

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 (130)

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  • Sh83 says:

    Having problems paying HMRC VAT using Curve – anyone else experiencing problems?

  • paul says:

    O/T…due to personal circumstances outside my control it looks like i’m going to be forced to ‘miss’ a flight since i wont now be able to get to the airport on time. in terms of Amex Plat travel insurance cover does this count as a valid reason…? i would of course go into greater detail with them if making such a claim

    • Rob says:

      All in the small print of the policy … exactly how closely related someone needs to be to you for illness to count etc, breakdown on way to airport, etc. No easy answer except that if you somehow had a choice in the matter at hand then probably No.

    • RakishDriver says:

      Might help, Plat holder – booked a BA shorthaul for my sister (she’s not a plat holder) – she got ill a day before the flight. Cancelled with BA, didn’t even get all my taxes back. Filled a an axa claim online, insurance excess applied, got most of the fare back.
      Note you must cancel the flight, not just miss it.

      • Paul says:

        Thanks both, I’ll give them a ring and see what they say

  • Will says:

    The Amex Platinum benefits for Avis is Avis preferred? But that’s the standard membership meaning there isn’t actually a benefit?

    • RakishDriver says:

      yeah, I always wondered what extra I’m getting from Plat in the context of avis tier.
      You do get Raddisson Gold – match that to Sixt Plat – and then match that to Avis preferred plus or President, if you’ve rented a fair bit in the past with Avis.

      • Paul says:

        Hi, how do you match Radisson gold to sixt plat? ( I have a sixt booking coming up but never used them before) thanks

        • RakishDriver says:

          I recall not smooth, but was done in a day – login in to your sixt account, message them with a request to status match.
          You’ll need to provide a screenshot of your Rad gold when requested.

        • paul says:

          thanks, ok will give it a go

  • Ian M says:

    I’ve tired 10 different dates but Domes Miramare Corfu shows as unavailable for all of them on the Marriott app. Wondering if this is a Marriott IT problem or if Headforpoints has caused a rush of bookings!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Random dates in August. 520 EUR or 35k points per night.

      8th to 12th Aug.

  • BS says:

    OT: If I upgrade a gold charge card to platinum, do I keep the saved offers that are currently on the gold card? I’ve got my eye on the £50 off apple one…

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