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Two GREAT value hotel redemptions – in Cape Town and, erm, Buckinghamshire!

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Two readers dropped me emails this week to highlight hotel redemptions they had booked which represented exceptional value for money.  I thought I’d share them both today.

Family suites at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

First up is the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town, a well regarded hotel with direct sea views (see photo below) near the V&A Waterfront development.

A few years ago, Radisson Rewards started offering ‘family rooms’ for redemption.  This was a great move, allowing you to pay a few more points in return for a room which would allow you to fit in your children.

Radisson Blu Waterfront seemed to take the memo a little too far, however.  It offers a two-bedroom sea-view suite as a ‘family room’ redemption.  It is 110 square metres.

Next Thursday, which is still peak season in Cape Town, a standard room at Radisson Blu Waterfront is £300 per night prepaid.  The 2-bedroom suite is selling for £720.  I have seen it even higher.

For points – look under ‘Redemptions – Family Room’ – it is just 87,500 Radisson Rewards points per night.  Remember that Radisson Rewards points convert at 1:3 from American Express Membership Rewards, so you’d only need 29,167 Amex points per night.

Note that this room only shows on dates where the 2-bedroom suite is available for cash.  If it does not show for cash, a lesser quality room is offered as the ‘family’ redemption option.  It will show clearly if you are getting the 2-bedroom suite.

Thanks to Cliff for this, who just returned from a stay in the suite.  The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.

Radisson Blu hotel waterfront cape town

The first genuinely luxurious UK countryside hotel on points – The Langley

The UK has a number of genuinely high-end country hotels near London – Four Seasons Hampshire, Chewton Glen, Whatley Manor, Coworth Park etc.

These hotels have two things in common.  They are exceptionally expensive at weekends and they are not available with hotel loyalty points.

This is why I am excited by the opening of The LangleyTake a look at its website here.

The Langley will be part of Marriott Bonvoy’s The Luxury Collection.  Based in Iver and:

The Langley hotel

“Sitting in a former royal hunting ground and with landscaping originally designed by England’s greatest gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the setting of this grand country manor amidst acres of formal gardens and parklands, offers an escape where time slows and natural beauty bounds. The hotel’s boutique selection of 41 exquisite rooms and suites are to be designed by Dennis Irvine Studio with the height of sophistication and refinement in mind. The rooms are divided across the main house and The Brew House, a Grade II listed 18th century outbuilding. The Langley Spa, a world-class wellness centre will feature an indoor and outdoor pool, thermal area and five expansive treatment rooms. A specially designed fitness suite by leading personal trainer and author, Matt Roberts will use technologically advanced systems and equipment.”

The Langley is as reassuringly expensive as you would expect.  Opening at the end of May, the cheapest rooms for a Saturday night in June are £441 and go up sharply from there. 

For Marriott Bonvoy points, however, it is exceptionally cheap.  The Langley is Category 5, which means it is 35,000 points per night.

I tend to value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p.  Spend them at The Langley and you’re getting 1.25p+.

The hotel website is here.  Redeem now if you want to lock in a Summer weekend. Ignore the message on the website about redemptions not yet being available – search and they show.


Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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 Elite status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

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).

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 (63)

  • Winston says:

    Another cheap article… Another two hotels changing their policy’s soon!!

    • Russ says:

      Doubt it would make a difference. Did everyone rush out to reserve Yas rooms in Abu Dhabi? Both properties should be glad of the free advertising if anything.

      • Winston says:

        Yas Abu Dhabi will go to a Cat 6 or 7 once it’s upto W brand standards! It’s not there yet!

    • ilou says:

      What do you read this blog ?!! I personally read it to maximise value from points/loyalty
      A room at 400£+ with 35k is a fantastic example of maximising value … I have just booked a we stay.. Thanks Rob !

    • Jonah says:

      Could you explain the reason for labelling this “cheap”?

      • Winston says:

        “Cheap” Another easy article highlighting “sweatspots” which at the same time rob is working with both these companies, both of these have been in comments before.
        HFP has got so big now as soon as they appear (unless it’s a sponsorship deal) they will be killed within a few days .

        • Freddy says:

          It’s a good deal but it’s certainly not an isolated offer, just look at London Marriott prices Vs points

        • Rob says:

          We have zero relationship with Radisson. Ever seen a review of one of their hotels on here which we didn’t pay for ourselves? Thought not.

          As I can search the comments and you can’t, let me tell you that the Radisson Cape Town has NEVER been mentioned in HFP comments before today. The only previous reference to The Langley has been in a comment by me and was not discussing redemptions. But don’t let the truth get in the way of a good rant ….

          I’m not entirely sure what you expect me to do with such bits of news when I come across them, except presumably email them to you directly so that only you can benefit.

        • Brian says:

          Sweatspot? Ugh…

  • Nick M says:

    I noticed that line when I last paid my bill, nothing different to usual though

  • Mike123 says:

    I’d really like to book the The Langley to get away with the Mrs, but sadly I don’t have any points. Neither myself or my Mrs. qualify for the SPG spend bonus, so I don’t have a way to make 35k points.

    One option could be to get a relative (same surname) to take out an AMEX SPG card (I would refer them, bagging some MR refer points). I would pay the card fee and use a supplementary card spend the £1k required to generate the 30k welcome points, 3k bonus points and 3k spend points.

    The million dollar question: could i get my relative to book a one night stay using points and then i turn up with my Mrs? Or is the room booking only for the SPG card holder?

    • Mike123 says:

      I could transfer 23,600 MR points to Marriot, but that doesnt seem like the best way. At a core value of 0.5p per MR, that’s £118. I think I get much more value from MR, so maybe more.

      Paying the £75 fee for a relatives card and chalking up £1k spend is preferable, on the assumption that I can attend someone else’s booking

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Still a c£400 a night stay for £235 of points at the nominal 1p per MR valuation.

        I’ll confess I have and do spend that sort of money on a couple nights in 5*/Luxury major city/London hotel. Tbh if it’s not as good as we think it will be redemptions are fully refundable.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Transfer MR points?

      • Rob says:

        Marriott points can be transferred between two people up to 100k per year (need to call to do it). This would be the cleanest route.

        • Matthew says:

          And it’s very quick and easy to do!

        • Mike123 says:

          Thanks Rob. Will go this route. Hopefully The Langley is still 35k by the time it gets sorted.

    • Anna says:

      If you weren’t going to otherwise earn points by spending the 1k, this would be an option, however your relative would have to open a Marriott account to get the points (or they would open one for her I think). They could then transfer the points to you (after 90 days?) so you could make the booking yourself.

  • bazza says:

    Recreation & Fitness at The Langley?

    Looks like you can fight someone called Matt Roberts – he certainly looks like he wants a fight.

    Looks very thin, I reckon you could take him Rob!

    • Anna says:

      I never understand why people go to he gym on holiday – it’s a holiday!!

    • Rob says:

      Matt Roberts is very famous if you live in Mayfair, Chelsea, Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill or Kensington. Less so elsewhere but I doubt The Langley is looking much further for its guests.

      • Lady London says:

        If even I have heard Of Matt Roberts, and i have, then he must be very famous indeed as i’m normally clueless about famous people.

  • Marc says:

    I think it runs in Cape Town. It is a very average three stars hotel at best.

    • Marc says:

      Sorry, it should have said: I stayed at the radisson hotel in Cape Town.

      • Freddy says:

        Big selling point is the location, stayed for a few nights about 8 years ago

  • Ruben Menezes says:

    O/T – I’ve also just booked my flight on BA to Tokyo. The flight will be operated by JAL. However I’m unable to book my seats on either the JAL or BA site. I’m a silver member. Appears the only way is to either call them or send send a message on Twitter. This has been an ongoing issue for a number of years now. It’s about time that they try to sort this IT issue.

  • Symon says:

    OT All-in-one payments firm Curve launches legal battle against American Express: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/03/25/all-in-one-payments-firm-curve-launches-legal-battle-against/