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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 (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.

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.

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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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  • DaveL says:

    OT – business gold. Do you get unofficial bonus for adding supplementary cardholder(s)? Amex CS are saying no (unsurprising) but I’d understood there was a 3k bonus

  • Benilyn says:

    OT: very OT but good way to buy a new Rolex Sub? Here or abroad?

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      Heathrow airport usually works well for me! Heathrow points, Amex points and if you ever need to return it you don’t have to worry.

    • BJ says:

      Khao San Road Bangkok.

    • Sapiens says:

      I’m also interested in buying the sought after sports Rolex models across Europe or Asia

      • MattB says:

        Pay the market rate, whatever that is above RRP. Or buy an expensive undesired watch and get bumped up the waiting list.

    • CV3V says:

      You can get good deals in UK, but you really need to haggle, and then haggle some more, and if that doesn’t feel enough get a free service thrown into the deal, or something else for free! Then once finished haggling hand over the Amex card.

      • Michael says:

        Haggling’s not going to do you any good if you’re looking for a Sub, GMT, Daytona etc. First good luck finding one and if you can the AD could name their price. In steel anyway. Definitely more chance of successful negotiating a discount on precious metal. I believe Rolex in Heathrow get new stock about once a week (Tuesdays I think but don’t quote me).

        • Benilyn says:

          Thanks! Given so many globe trotters, was hoping to see if something a bit cheaper was available abroad. I hear Dubai has decent Sub stock, but I have not checked myself.

          • Clive says:

            I found Singapore duty free to offer the best prices when I bought mine however that was a few years ago.

          • Michael says:

            Do you have a particular reference in mind? The market for six digit references in steel is mental but is definitely showing signs of slowing down. You only need to look on Watchfinder and other grey dealers to see prices being reduced (this is all relative, they’re still well above RRP) but not quite the insane prices of a few months ago. You might have success finding something you like in an AD but for perennial favourites you still need to have a good relationship with an AD to even get on a waiting list. Good luck with your search.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      If you have a load of clubcard points (or can start accumulating them) then you can get x3 at Goldsmiths. Note that they have to be used in store so you need to find the stock first.

      • AlexT says:

        Don’t believe Goldsmiths carry Rolex anymore. Think the brand is now sold at their sister boutique WoS

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          Goldsmiths still carry them on their website but whether or not you can find stock in store is different.

          Got mine in the Carribbean. Not sure about prices now vs the rest of the world but I can vouch for it as a great destination.

          • Benilyn says:

            Looking for a Sub black, date or non-date still deciding. Tbh would only pay RRP or below, above that I’m okay and not that desperate to buy.
            Heathrow is selling at RRP less vat?

  • Jtz says:

    Is anyone being hit with revolut and hilton now?
    We use hilton to revolut to monzo to pay a lot of direct debits and wondering what to do now?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Every card is being hit one way or another.

      There were some suggestion Visa would be “fixed” at some point but I have no idea if it has changed MCC or not. Only one way to find out …

  • Tom H says:

    Looking at my recent VM statement, VM were good to their word to refund the cash advance fees for 4 Revolut top-ups, although I do appear to have incurred £0.22 interest. I’ll probably let it slide.

  • Michael says:

    Woohoo. I finally got my Curve limit (from 10k to 50k) increased today. As others have said, I didn’t do anything other than use my card and put varied spend through it.

    • Anthony Edwards says:

      OT – I’m at 50k limit – if I upgrade to Metal – does my limit increase?

      • jc says:

        On the contrary – I believe it’s been known to decrease back to the beginning for some. Ask Curve for a definitive answer.

      • Simon jordan says:

        It will reset and the limit reduced to 40k

        • Jonathan says:

          I upgraded to metal on Sunday and my limits still the half million limit I had before.

  • Brighton Belle says:

    O/T after many promises it would end, and didn’t, the American Platinum Express benefit of Boingo complimentary access really has ended now. My login is no marked as Account Not Active

  • Russ says:

    There seems to be some confusion. Tried to write it out earlier but was doing two jobs at once. The Sheraton now has a temporary lounge downstairs which is as good (if a little smaller) than the one that used to be there. You don’t need to buy lounge access here or at the Marriott if you have Platinum Elite status or higher as the article suggests. Lounge access is a benefit for Platinum Elites.

  • Alejandro says:

    Does MBNA charge cash advance fee for topping up Revolut? Thanks

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