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.
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.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (May 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.
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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
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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