If you’re looking for somewhere classy for a weekend away, Oxford is never a bad choice. A brand new Courtyard by Marriott has literally just opened – there are still builders finishing things off inside – and offers great value for Marriott Bonvoy points.
Courtyard Oxford City Centre (website here) is selling at a premium price due its location. Over 9th – 11th August, to pick a random weekend, rooms start at £213 per night.
For points, however, it is a different story. As a Category 2 hotel, it is just 12,500 Bonvoy points per night. This is roughly 1.75p per point, compared to my standard valuation of 0.5p.
Reader Nick, who literally lives next door, sent me some photos which I’ve dropped into this article. He puts it at 2 minutes walk to the castle, 2 minutes from the new shopping centre and 5 minutes from the railway station.
It was, apparently, scheduled to become a Hotel Indigo before switching to a Courtyard, although £213 looks more like Hotel Indigo pricing to me.
The property is partly new build and partly restoration of an existing property. Rooms in the old building, see below, are not yet finished so it is running on reduced capacity.
The Courtyard Oxford website is here if you want to know more.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 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.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
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