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.

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

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.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy 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.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. 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!

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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

  3. 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.

  4. OT All-in-one payments firm Curve launches legal battle against American Express:

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