If you follow the hotel ‘scene’, or indeed Formula 1, you may know that there is a hotel built across the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi on Yas Island.
It looks like this:
The hotel was operated by Viceroy but recently taken over by Marriott. Following a spell as the Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi it is now operating, following refurbishment, as the W Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place every November. In 2020 it is over the weekend of 27th to 29th November, with the 29th being the main race.
Amazingly, despite rooms at the W over the Grand Prix weekend selling for crazy prices – since the track runs through the hotel – reward availability has opened up.
You need to book a 5-night minimum stay over the Grand Prix weekend, from Wednesday 25th November to Monday 30th November. The race is Sunday.
Here is the cash rate for the cheapest non-refundable room. These are for rooms on the side overlooking the marina, not the track.
To save you getting your calculator out, Dhs 22,600 is £4,781. Bargain.
However, this is what you get if you book with Marriott Bonvoy points. This is also non-refundable, as this is a special event period. Remember that Bonvoy offers ‘5 nights for the points of 4’:
The 5-night package costs you just 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, which I value, at my standard 0.5p per point, at £600.
(Whichever option you book, there is an additional fee of Dhs 350 per night over the four nights of the event to cover your track pass, which includes all of the music events in the evenings.)
Quite a saving, to put it mildly. Now, flights are not going to be a bargain although with all the options into Dubai and Abu Dhabi (a taxi from Dubai to the hotel will only be around £40 and will take an hour) it probably won’t be as bad as you think.t there is currently a 50% discount available when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points. Here is the ‘buy points
Remember tha‘ page. 120,000 points, which gets you the five night booking here worth £4,781, will cost just $1,000 (£777). You would need to do two transactions of 60,000 points each as the cap per purchase is 75,000 points.
You should do some research into exactly what viewpoint the hotel can offer you of the circuit as your room will be on the marina side, although in the past readers with status have been upgraded.
Take a look at this, which is the view that a HfP reader had from his room when he redeemed for this deal in 2018.
The W Abu Dhabi website is here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (April 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
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.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)