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Frankfurt Airport gains a Marriott hotel but loses part of a Sheraton

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If you need an overnight stay at Frankfurt Airport soon, you now have an additional hotel choice if you want something connected to the terminals.

In an intriguing move, the 1,008 room Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel has been split in two.

It now comprises a (still not exactly modest) 779 room Sheraton hotel plus a 233 room Marriott hotel.

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport

What is odd, at least to me, is that I struggle to tell the difference between Sheraton and Marriott.  Both brands – which were under separate ownership until two years ago, remember – are stereotypically known for their relatively dull four-star business hotels, appealing to equally dull middle management types.

Following the Starwood acquisition, Marriott has 29 brands it could have used on the ‘new’ hotel.  What was the point of picking one with identical brand characteristics to the rest of the building?

Here is a Sheraton bedroom, for example, but would you really have been surprised if I said it was from the Marriott side?

Both hotels share dining, conference and fitness facilities.  A club lounge is under construction on the Sheraton side whilst the Marriott already has one.

In terms of pricing ….. last night the Sheraton was €200 vs €254 for the Marriott.  Looking at a Saturday night later in February, the Sheraton is €110 vs €130 for the Marriott.  The Marriott is therefore seen as ‘superior’ in some ways, although both have redone rooms.

If you have Platinum Elite status or higher in Marriott Bonvoy, you may prefer to pay the extra for the Marriott in order to get lounge access.

The Sheraton Frankfurt Airport website is here whilst the Marriott Frankfurt Airport website is here.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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 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 Gold 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 Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

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 (202)

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  • BJ says:

    OT: 15% off Lufty Hotels & Cars redemptions for bookings made this month.

  • Peter says:

    Just got this message from Virgin:
    Thank you for getting in touch about your Flying Club Miles.

    We can confirm as of 07/01/20 the number of Flying Club Miles the amount of miles a customer can earn each month will be capped based on spending an equivalent of their credit limit each month.

    If you want to discuss this new policy, please call us on 0800 085 3210. We are here Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day.

    If you have any other questions, please let us know.

    The Virgin Atlantic Credit Card Team

    When have they ever communicated this?

  • cdb says:

    OT any ideas for paying HMRC Tax Free Childcare without Revolut route? Curve never used to work unless if is different on metal

  • fivebobbill says:

    Just on Revolut. The disappointment of the change in the Revolut coding appears to be never ending. First HH statement through today since the change, and although Hilton refunded the cash advance fee, the 5,000 points I was expecting for the offending £2,500 Revolut transfer didn’t materialise either – I can only assume there are no points awarded for cash advances 🙁
    Totally pointless exercise now…

    • TripRep says:

      Really, well that is disappointing.

    • Riccatti says:


      It was a cash advance/money transfer. You know it, everyone knows it.

      It was not supposed to be endless points-generating machine.

      • fivebobbill says:

        Your empathy I’m sure is roundly well received.
        However you are not quite the font of all knowledge that you would lead us to believe. None of these transactions were knowingly a cash advance when they were made.
        You know it, everyone knows it 👌

        • Rui N. says:

          You might not knew that they would be classified as a cash advance (can’t argue with that), but it’s kind of hard to imagine that transfering money from a credit card to a current account is anything else besides a cash advance.

        • yorkieflyer says:

          yes but they were in actuality as everyone knows…..

        • Aston100 says:

          Even thieves hate being called thieves, right?

    • john says:

      How does it show if you do HH -> curve -> revolut?

      • stevenhp1987 says:

        It would be the same (cash advance), as the MCC will pass-through and still be 4829 (Wire Transfer).

    • The Urbanite says:

      I’ve not known any card to pay out rewards on transactions where a cash advance fee was charged – this is usually made clear in the T&Cs.

  • fivebobbill says:

    And on Hilton. Wife and I both just got a ‘100% bonus’ when buying points offer, valid through Feb 19th.
    By my calculation it works out at roughly 0.38p per point no matter how many you buy, maximum purchase is 80,000 (x 2 = 160,000).

  • TripRep says:

    Top offer thanks Rob & QR

    Returning back to would be my first choice for my first trip in a QSuite

  • Russ says:

    I like the Sheraton and they’ve done a good of the refurbishment. Even the temp exec lounge is good. One of my fave routes coming in from Qatar on an A380, walking to the hotel and straight into the cigar lounge with cigs in one hand, bacon butty in the other and hit the newspapers. Marriott still has a long way to go to meet Sheraton IMHO. Vive la différence!

  • MR says:

    O/T – To self refer or not to self refer, that is the question…..

    • Jose says:

      Hasn’t been working for me last times I’ve tried.

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      I like to look at it slightly differently……Is 9,000 points worth a life time ban? Just get your partner or Rob to refer you. My amex balance is worth far more to me than one self referral

    • Ming the Merciless says:

      My theory is that I’ve self referred 16 times in the past 18 months and generated over 300k MR points. I’m f**ked if they review my account, so keep going but ensure all points are transferred out of the scheme immediately.

      • Neil Donoghue says:

        That’s a great result! Long may it last in your case

      • ankomonkey says:

        Good work! Some people do things in moderation, others just go on the rampage!

      • Peter K says:

        Averaged over 10 years, if banned for that long, that’s not a lot.

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